Bought to listen at gym. Found myself listening in my driveway many nights after the gym. Great story line and all around fun story. Mr Guidall provides a great performance as narrator.
Struggled to finish, with boring characters, out of place obsession with Jews and the Holocaust, and 50s-era American values (with lots of F-bombs, if that makes any sense).
entertaining story about a city and its peoppe relocated in time. Taking off from historical 17th c. events, modern technology is adapted for odd contexts.
I gave the story an average review because the anachronisms were so jarring; Modern tech has cardinal limits outside a civilization which can provision and repair complex tools. Realistically, "modernity", customs and routines would last just a little longer than labor-saving devices. There are practical and unbending reasons why things were and are the way they are.
Characters were somewhat one-dimensional - especially "bad guys" on the side of holy Roman empire - were unfairly shown as unalloyed and simple. Nothing in this story well reflects the complexity of the era and its politics. That is sci-fi for you, I guess.
This story was um... interesting. If you like sci-fi, fiction, fantasy and history its probably pretty good. The only parts I could really keep up with were the modern, present time events. The idea of a segment of current society being teleported backwards in time and integrating with the older time period and sharing the knowledge and intelligence was very intriguing. The book jumps back and forth between solo stories and events from the past and solo events for the present. When the author tells the story in the past, it can be very difficult to keep track and stay focused.