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Pattern for Conquest

George O. Smith

A book review by Mark L. Olson

Alas, Pattern for Conquest isn't even one of George O. Smith's best works.

This is a straight old-fashioned pulp novel. Heroic stereotyped humans (when they aren't fighting among themselves over the Coordinator's daughter) race off at the behest of fleeing aliens to save the Galaxy from conquest by an aggressive alien empire.

Superweapons are invented and great battles fought.

The only interesting part is when the humans surrender rather than fight to the end and proceed to take over the effective control of the alien empire by being better administrators than the aliens.

As this sort of novel goes, it isn't too bad.

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