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    Conuistador began with a really intriguing premise but unfortunately its creator turned it into a Lifetime movie for men St

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    Mediocre novel I’ve reread this one several times and enjoy it less and less with each reread Basically the idea is cool and the world building is exceptional But the book has become dated largely because it’s so time specific in the book This might have worked in 2003 but much less so in 2020 when the action takes pla

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    The covers of this book were too far apart Ambrose BierceThis is not a book to be set aside lightly No it should be hurled with great force Dorothy ParkerReally this is about the worst book I've read this whole millennium

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    It's 1946 The white man is about to discover AmericaBottom line Steve Stirling's writing just keeps getting better This parallel world thriller incorporates the best features of his popular Draka and Island in the Sea of Time series E

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    Conuistador by SM Stirling has one of the most interesting premises I have ever read in any science fiction novel What if you discovered a portal one that you created completely by accident and known only to you that lead t

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    This is a story with a great scenario and Stirling's usual very thorough research and above average writing with plenty of detailed scenic descriptionsIt's the story of two worlds one very close to our own though not exactly the same and an alternative world in which Alexander the Great didn't die at 32 but lived on to be

  7. says:

    My husband has recently devoured the Dies the Fire series but since he checked them out from the library I haven't had opportunity to read them Instead this stand alone story was my first Stirling and I found th

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    Interminable would be a word to describe this alternate world tale that would have been a fast paced adventure story at half the length Shortly after world war two a slightly injured soldier rents a place in Oakland He sets up a shortwave radio in the basement and somehow opens a portal into a California that had never been colonized He gets

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    This book was written for MANLY MEN Every female is either dismissed as a horse or else repeatedly exhaustively praised as being supple golden skinned enigmas The author fears we will forget their toned muscles

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    WowI could not finish it and I really triedGood premiseThe plot moved way too slow Just when it would start moving the author would drop multiple paragraphs of painfully over descriptive telling right in the middle of what he was show

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Conuistador A Novel of Alternate History

A new alternate history of America from the author of The Peshawar Lancers the bestselling novel the Chicago Sun Times called a plea. Conuistador began with a really intriguing premise but unfortunately its creator turned it into a Lifetime movie for men Stirling seemed abnormally preoccupied with the protagonist Tom Christiansen I understand the need for detail but Stirling s intimate descriptions were overkill It was never just a simple sentence to describe a simple action eg He tapped his finger on the trigger of the Browning no Stirling had to say He tapped a strong supple index finger on the trigger of the Browning And when Christiansen was wounded towards the end he couldn t just describe the body as lifelessly falling to the deck of the Mosuito Intead he had to describe it as 220 pounds of strong hard man falling out of its harness At times I had to keep flipping to the cover of the book just to make sure I wasn t reading gay erotica If you are a straight male and don t enjoy reading the intimately described detail of a Fish Game Warden and his strong six pack abs and Army Ranger crap then do yourself a favor and stay away from this title It belongs on the scrap heap next to the Harleuin Romance novels The White Nights of Ramadan unfortunately its creator turned it into a Lifetime movie for men Stirling seemed abnormally preoccupied with the protagonist Tom Christiansen I Beyond the Pale understand the need for detail but Stirling s intimate descriptions were overkill It was never just a simple sentence to describe a simple action eg He tapped his finger on the trigger of the Browning no Stirling had to say He tapped a strong supple index finger on the trigger of the Browning And when Christiansen was wounded towards the end he couldn t just describe the body as lifelessly falling to the deck of the Mosuito Intead he had to describe it as 220 pounds of strong hard man falling out of its harness At times I had to keep flipping to the cover of the book just to make sure I wasn t reading gay erotica If you are a straight male and don t enjoy reading the intimately described detail of a Fish Game Warden and his strong six pack abs and Army Ranger crap then do yourself a favor and stay away from this title It belongs on the scrap heap next to the Harleuin Romance novels

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Im to travel between the America he knows and a virgin America untouched by European influence 21st century The two realities collid. My husband has recently devoured the Dies the Fire series but since he checked them out from the library I haven t had opportunity to read them Instead this stand alone story was my first Stirling and I found the author to live up to his hype Obviously there s a pretty significant fantasy element to the story random returning WWII soldier accidentally opens a portal to a parallel universe where Columbus never arrived in America Variations on a theme most sci fi fans have read before But it s what he Does with his parallel universe that sets Conuistador apart he keeps a secret from the world at large while populating it with people and animals of his own choosing The story which flips freuently between the 40 s 70 s and 2008 is told in an engaging manner with believable and mostly likeable characters and the ones that aren t likeable you at least appreciate Without giving too much away I appreciated the fact that the settlers from the 40s made most of the same mistakes of the settlers of the 16 and 1700 s in our universe Interesting to consider that as fasionable as it is to pillory our ancestors for decimating the native populations people animals etc there are uite probably some historical inevitabilities at work Anyway this book places Stirling suarely in the same category as Turtledove as far as master writers of alternative histories

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Sure to read and Harry Turtledove hailed as first rate adventure all the way1945 An ex marine has discovered a portal that permits h. This is a story with a great scenario and Stirling s usual very thorough research and above average writing with plenty of detailed scenic descriptionsIt s the story of two worlds one very close to our own though not exactly the same and an alternative world in which Alexander the Great didn t die at 32 but lived on to be 76 As Alexander lived a dangerous life and seems to have been a heavy drinker this scenario is rather unlikely but possibleThe conseuences include no Roman Empire no Latin no Christianity no Islam no surviving Judaism retarded technological development and no European discovery of America until a young Virginian ex soldier called John Rolfe steps through his private accidental gateway in California in 1946 Developments are rather interesting for those involvedCharacterization is competent and reasonably varied considering that most of the main characters have military training and combat experience in different times and places However there are memorable characters in some other Stirling booksThe first half of the book describes limited and secretive interaction between our California and the alternative version This part of the book is well paced and fascinatingHalfway through all the action moves to the other world and suddenly slows down as we re given a sort of guided tour This is mildly interesting but fails to maintain the pace that we ve become accustomed toThe rest of the book is basically the story of a uasi military operation in the alternative California the distinctive characteristics of the other world are still there but the story becomes preoccupied with tactics readable enough but the initial sense of wonder has dissipated because we re now familiar with the whole situationAt the end the story is wound up briskly and in a fairly satisfactory way though it leaves me wondering how events would unfold on the other world in future I suspect the answer is that it would gradually become like ours although that would disappoint both the author and most of his charactersThis book started with a really great idea and exploited it well but Stirling was unable to come up with a second half that maintained the impetus and matched the standard of the first halfWhen I first read it I thought the political system created by Rolfe on the second world rather bizarre and I wondered why Stirling chose it when he had a free hand to choose anything I ve since come to realize that he didn t really have a free hand The whole situation rests on the key issue of gate security if the US government in the first world discovers the gate Rolfe and his partners stand to lose everything they ve built up and would surely destroy the gate to avoid that So strict gate security is essential which has implications for the political system In fact as the story reveals Rolfe s gate security is strict but not strict enoughThe gate is fragile and unreliable and no one understands how it works For all Rolfe knew it could have closed permanently at any time from his first visit onwards He was very lucky to have continuous use of it for decades if he had as much sense as the author credited him with he presumably took into account that any passage through it might be his lastHe was also lucky in finding partners that he could trust If in the early stages he d needed to kill someone or even just prevent him from visiting the first world and that someone was known to be linked to him in the first world the police might have noticed a missing person and might well have searched his house in a routine attempt to find the body Discovery of gate end of gameAfter rereading and reconsideration I ve decided to uprate the book from 3 to 4 stars because I really like the scenario the first half and the elouent descriptions The second half could have been better but it s adeuate and doesn t ruin the bookJohn Dye s review makes the valid point that Rolfe allowed some troublesome people into his kingdom although he was smart enough to have known better At the beginning he had a real need for Colletta but he reckoned he could trust Colletta up to a point Later on he could and should have been choosyThe obvious conflict in this book would have been against American led Settlers fighting for eual division of political power and wealth But Stirling wanted to paint Rolfe as a relatively good guy and it would have been hard to do in that kind of conflict So he imported a colourful bunch of nasty non Americans for the specific purpose of making Rolfe look good by comparison Rolfe wouldn t have done that he wasn t that desperate to look good Stirling did it for himview spoilerAt the very end of the book when they open a new gate they re aware in principle that it could open into another universe of any kind but they don t seem to be prepared for the full range of possibilities It could open into the vacuum of space or under the sea in which case they d get a nasty shock They probably wouldn t drown in the flood because the gate would close when the water reached the euipment but it would be a life threatening experience for an old man It s unlikely that the gate would open inside the sun or another star but as they didn t really know what they were doing it was a possibility It might open into a world with an advanced possibly non human civilization that could be a threat to them hide spoiler

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 596
  • Conuistador A Novel of Alternate History
  • S.M. Stirling
  • English
  • 24 May 2019
  • 9780451459336

About the Author: S.M. Stirling

Stephen Michael Stirling is a French born Canadian American science fiction and fantasy author Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the recent time travelalternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse seriesMINI AUTO BIOGRAPHYpersonal website sourceI’m a writer by trade born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat