Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Review of First Conquest by David VanDyke

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel, Science
Intriguing Connections = 1) Once Upon A Future, 2) Adventures Of The Space Faring Kind

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Elaborate Description


Until now, humans have been under assault by the Meme empire.  Now humans are taking up the offensive.  Sending the starship Conquest on the first conquest of another stellar system.  This war is being told from a Meme Empire leader SystemLord, and various human perspectives.  Containing the different cultural attributes and military strategies employed.  The traps, decisions, and the gambles made.  But the underlying theme of the book is how to treat others, specifically those that appear to work for the enemy.  The Meme is ranked biologically, creating persecution of blends and native populations of the system called Hippos.  Can these seeming enemies be turned into potential allies?  The consequences of making the wrong decision means servitude to the Meme Empire.  This is a story of the difficult sacrifices that might be needed to survive.  This is a story of the impact of persecution.


This is a fast-paced book in which a lot is going on and the various perspectives sometimes change quickly making it a bit difficult to keep track of what is going on.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•What is the Meme Empire?
•What is the structural command of the Meme Empire?
•What is the function of the starship Conquest?
•How has human biology and culture changed? 
•What are the tactics and strategies used?
•Who are the Hippos?

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  2940152784091
Pages to read:   153
Publication:     2017
1st Edition:      2013
Format:           eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          4
Overall           4