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The first book in the Conquerors' Trilogy, Conquerors' Pride sets up a story with multi-faceted plots. A first contact with an alien race (the Zirrh, or Conquerors) ends in disaster and the son of a wealthy and politically powerful man is captured. The father starts planning a rescue mission, which his other son will lead, and stumbles onto a conspiracy to cover up the biggest secret in the galaxy. An agent of the CommonWealth chases him across the galaxy. Meanwhile, the daughter is marooned on a planet being invaded by the Zirrh, and the human politicians are debating if they should use a doomsday weapon against this new race. As with many Zahn books: it is hard to decide who the main character is; the politics are very realistic, as well as the character development; and there is constant action or political intrigue and some very unique ideas.
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Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens    -   neutral aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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