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  1. says:

    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 actio

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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 place in 2009 Additionally the book is a slog It’s slow and overfilled with description Clearly the

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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 thrille

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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 to an alternate North America one where the Europeans never set foot the only other humans on the continent the Native Americans? This idea was explored previously in the book Wildside by Steven Gould though in t

  6. says:

    This is a story with a great scenario and Stirling's usual very thorough research and above average writing with plenty of

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    My husband has recently

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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 his military buddies together and they enter this new land and set u

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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 gleaming hair

  10. says:

    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 showingThat killed it for me

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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 Matthews Choice 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 The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, 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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Sure to read and Harry Turtledove hailed as first rate adventure all the way1945 An ex marine has discovered a portal that permits h. 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 to an alternate North America one where the Europeans never set foot the only other humans on the continent the Native Americans This idea was explored previously in the book Wildside by Steven Gould though in that novel there were no Native Americans but instead Pleistocene megafauna such as sabertooth cats in that work the small group of individuals who knew about the portal to an alternate world sought to mine well known sources of precious metals in the American West selling it back in their home world In Wildside the gateway was discovered relatively recently in the novel s timeline and the book basically portrayed that world s first exploitationConuistador took that idea and ran with it Instead of a relatively recent discovery the alternate world portal was created in 1946 the main events of the novel are set in 2009 Former solider John Rolfe back from fighting in the Pacific during World War II rented a house in Oakland California In the basement of the house with the aid of a radio set and a freak accident created a portal to the same location in a North America untrammeled by Europeans Cautiously exploring it with a few Army buddies he trusted he began to see that that world possessed real possibilitiesFast forward to 2009 where we meet Fish and Game wardens Tom Christiansen and Roy Tully working with the LAPD in investigating the smuggling of rare and endangered wildlife They rescue a California Condor on one of their missions and consider it a job well done until interesting facts come to light One the condor s DNA does not match the gene pool of any condor group in captivity or the wild and in addition is far healthier than a condor should be with no traces to speak of of pesticides or pollution Two they find an amazing photograph of what appear to be actual real life Aztec priests though a few are clad in Grateful Dead T shirts Dedicated and skilled investigators they uncover and and cross paths with Adrienne Rolfe descendent of the still living John Rolfe Ostensibly working to help Tom and Roy in reality she is there to prevent them from discovering the Gate to her world one that links the Commonwealth of New Virginia named because John Rolfe was descended from the John Rolfe of Jamestown fame the one who married the woman nicknamed Pocahontas and FirstSide what those in the Commonwealth call their original home dimension I don t think I give too much away when I say that their investigation leads Roy and Tom to the Commonwealth and to uncovering a huge sinister plot one that has implications for both FirstSide but also especially for New VirginiaMuch of the book was a narrated tour of Commonwealth though there is plenty of action at the end We learn that it was never intended just to be a source of uite vast wealth carefully laundered FirstSide through dummy corporations and used up mines bought FirstSide but in addition be a thriving self sustaining community which by 2009 has a population of 150000 with towns roads airports restaurants hospitals schools a military force including aircraft a fishing industry and thriving agriculture Though many of the original Settlers and the involuntaries forced settlers who accidentally discovered the Gate and were forced to settle in New Virginia came from America we learn that many came in waves from other parts of the world notably Germany Italy and Dutch Indonesia in the 1940s French North Africa and British Kenya in the 1950s and 1960s and later on from Rhodesia South Africa and Russia through the 1990s Though most of the Settlers live in the American West and mostly in California some settled in Hawaii or AustraliaThe Commonwealth of New Virginia is not truly a democracy but a benign feudal system run by a group called the Thirty Families mostly descendents of the original Army buddies brought over in the 1940s by John Rolfe though with some additions since then Different areas were allocated to different Families the Collettas for instance taking Santa Clara Valley and the Rolfes the Napa region for instance with other areas set aside as either common Commission area which included several towns or as basically national parks This system is important to the plot of the novel and gave New Virginia a very different flavor from FirstSide AmericaOther intriguing facts of varying degrees of importance to the main story are the fact that many of the Native Americans are still about and active while large numbers died due to imported disease from John Rolfe and others in the 1940s many yet still live many basically living the same lifestyle they originally had and still not entirely happy with the newcomers Several Native Americans become important players in the novel and I found them intriguing characters Also Rolfe made a number of interesting introductions reminding me of an August 2005 article that appeared in the journal Nature about rewilding North America he brought over to New Virginia and successfully established populations of African elephants tigers lions giraffe rhinos kangaroos leopards cheetahs wild boar and various antelope species into western North America which apparently thrived alongside the already numerous pronghorn antelope elk deer bison bear mountain lions wolves and coyotesAn interesting setting I have to say one I wouldn t mind living in next to no taxes no pollution lots of beautiful wilderness lots of job opportunities though it could be a bit democratic and is overly dependent upon FirstSide for technology high tech items and heavy machinery as well as movies and music A seuel would be interesting

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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. 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 his military buddies together and they enter this new land and set up a mini empire In modern times two Fish and Game cops tracking traffic in endangered species come across a California Condor whose DNA does not match any of the known groups left This leads them to the secret of the Gate and the other world There s a plot there to overthrow the benevolent dictatorship of the Thirty Families and start moving into the modern world An intriguing idea and again would have been better at half the length Stirling tends to go overboard with description for instance he can t just say a lawn overgrown with weeds no he has to describe every individual type of plant the border of the lawn the overall setting and then maybe have his character remember some childhood thing about lawns and growing up in whatever ethnicity Stirling has assigned him He tries too hard to create a concrete reality for us to see when a few brushstrokes would let us use our imagination

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 596
  • Conuistador A Novel of Alternate History
  • S.M. Stirling
  • English
  • 02 June 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