|Plot Summary of The Road to Damascus|
John Ringo, Linda Evans
Baen, Mar 2004, 25.00, 682 pp.
The ET Volkswanderung has arrived to conquer the residents of the planet Jefferson, cut off from the rest of the Concordant. Nothing survives the devastation of these marauding interplanetary travelers once they engage in their usual hostile activities. To battle the Volkswanderung, Commander Simon Khrustinov and his Surplus on Loan (SOL) Bolo prepare for one final onslaught yet they successfully vanquish the enemy.
However, much of Jefferson is in ruins from the war. Infrastructure either no longer exists or so feeble it might as well not be there. To rebuild the planet means a major influx of capital (both money and people), but few are willing to pay the cost. When the unpopular government tries to make tough decisions, it gains no support and collapses. Narrow vision Utopians take over with a special agenda attempt to trick the powerful Bolo into ethnically cleanse their enemies, not understanding the moral dilemma imposed on this thinking war machine with a conscience.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Road to Damascus|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 50%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Political power play
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- good computer AI
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- An "It".
Really unusual traits?
- Super genius
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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