Daily Review: Crystal Conquest by Doug J. Cooper

Can he outsmart the alien intelligence in a titanic battle of wits? And can he do so before Earth lies in ruins?

Aliens fire the first shots in their invasion of Earth, and that’s when Criss realizes he’s outmatched. He spent years preparing for this moment, working with his human leadership to develop weapons and refine strategies.

Created with the thinking and reasoning ability of a thousand people, Criss never expected the invaders to arrive with an artificial intelligence that dwarfed his capabilities, nor did he expect to be the target of their vengeance. When he squares off against the alien goliath to protect the world, defeat is certain.

Or is it? Together with Sid, Cheryl, and Juice—a covert operative, Fleet officer, and crystal scientist—Criss struggles to defeat the aggressors and save civilization from annihilation. But can he outsmart the alien intelligence in a titanic battle of wits?

And can he do so before Earth lies in ruins?

Doug J. Cooper

Amazon Review

By Kerry L. Reis

In the second book of the Crystal series, the story continues as it has been a few years after the Kardish invasion has been defeated. However, our heroes, undercover agent Sid, Captain Cheryl, and Dr. “Juice” Tallette realize that the Kardish will return to Earth to avenge the defeat.

CRISS, the super artificial intelligence crystal, has been safely hidden in a protected location, while word has been spread that CRISS did not survive the first invasion. In his hidden location, CRISS is able to connect to the web and gather potential signs of danger, while guiding his hero friends in helping earth set up a defensive structure on the moon and the outer asteroid belt in preparation of the Kardish return.

Yet, it appears they will not be ready in time as a cloaked Kardish ship approaches the solar system powered by an artificial intelligence crystal that is faster and smarter than CRISS. Meanwhile, on Earth, a geeky science whiz has uncovered trace evidence on the web that CRISS is still alive and decides to track CRISS down and turn him into a personal slave.

Can Earth be saved? Following the same James Bond-style humor and adventure within the Star Wars/Star Trek sci-fi fantasy path of Crystal Deception, this story easily maintains the level of quality for fans of this genre as its predecessor.

However, this is book two, so readers who decide to delve into the book without reading Crystal Deception, will find themselves lost for a bit.

Amazon Review

By W Stuart

I read the first book of this series, Crystal Deception, not long ago, and I truly enjoyed it. It was only natural, then, to read the next book, Crystal Conquest. As with the first book, I truly enjoyed this one, too!
Synopsis (from the author): Aliens fire the first shots in their invasion of Earth, and that’s when Criss realizes he’s outmatched.

He spent years preparing for this moment, working with his human leadership to develop weapons and refine strategies. Created with the thinking and reasoning ability of a thousand people, Criss never expected the invaders to arrive with an artificial intelligence that dwarfed his capabilities, nor did he expect to be the target of their vengeance.

When he squares off against the alien goliath to protect the world, defeat is certain. Or is it? Together with Sid, Cheryl, and Juice—a covert operative, Fleet officer, and crystal scientist—Criss struggles to defeat the aggressors and save civilization from annihilation. But can he outsmart the alien intelligence in a titanic battle of wits? And can he do so before Earth lies in ruins?

What I liked: The story picks up a couple of years after the first books ends and the now familiar and likeable characters have carried on with their lives. With the help of Criss, the AI crystal, the other three main characters are preparing defenses for Earth in the event the Kardish return.

This sets the stage for a nice tale of intrigue, action, a touch of romance and heartbreak, and the introduction of the new character Lenny. I liked the interplay between the characters and the growth of Criss as an AI entity that seems more and more human.

What I didn’t like: Lenny’s character was a bit stereotypical. He was the nerdy, brilliant college kid, who had a bit of a voyeur in him. However, in fairness, his character did evolve throughout the story. Other than that, not much for me to dislike.

Overall impression: Crystal Conquest was a good sci-fi read. I liked the characters, liked the plot, and enjoyed the story. I would recommend it to any sci-fi fan! Well done Doug Cooper!

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