After being expelled from his world,
Galen and his men are in search of a new home. A computer
misreading miscalculates the distance of the objective
world. Earth becomes their next prospect. A scout ship
investigates and itís quickly confirmed that the planet is
already populated with hostile natives that are
technologically advanced enough to defend their territory.
Still, not everything about the situation is disagreeable;
especially when Galen spots Bree Denton. His plan of action
is to tag and claim Bree. And find a new planet, of course.
Conquest: Earth slowly unfolds in the
beginning while making a lot of acerbic dead-on observations
about our government throughout the entire novel. I
patiently got through the slightly sluggish opening and was
well rewarded when the story took off. The culture clashes
and language barriers keep up the angst with enough
fascinating revelations sprinkled throughout the storyline
for good measure. Alien procreation is hard, hot, and
heavily designed to make a human woman lose her freedom.
Bree Denton loses a lot more than that while still coming
off as smart, funny and feisty in the face of all the
chaotic changes squashing her entire life to dust. Galen is
an overworked alien hunk in need of a whole lot of loving
and a vacation. The loving happens but the vacation is
another matter altogether. I kept wondering if he would
ever get a break. The fact he had to work so darn hard made
him terribly likeable and vulnerable. What sets this story
apart is how well Angelique Anjou depicts government
officials, alien male and human female dynamics, as well as
all the confusing, scattered and complicated emotions of
the heart that transcend species.