The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville - the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident - are caught in the middle of it.
Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark - former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the threat to their power that the Americans represent - which are besieging the German city of Luebeck.
Elsewhere in war-torn Europe, several American plans are approaching fruition. Admiral Simpson of Grantville frantically races against time to finish the USE Navy's ironclad ships - desperately needed to break the Ostender blockade of the Baltic ports. A commando unit sent by Mike Stearns to England prepares the rescue the Americans being held in the Tower of London.
In Amsterdam, Rebecca Stearns continues three-way negotiations with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante who has conquered most of the Netherlands. And, in Copenhagen, the captured young USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell tries to persuade the King of Denmark to break with the Ostender alliance, all while pursuing a dangerous romantic involvement with one of the Danish princesses.
©2007 Eric Flint and David Weber (P)2013 Recorded Books
Love the series but looking at it fork off I hesitate to read more. I will no doubt but a new reader is going to have to go to the wiki to see which book is next.
Regular guy, Engineer, Reader
Of the Ring of Fire Books this is one of the most important. This is full novel written by the originators. It introduces and fleshes out key characters and events that set the scene for almost every ROF and Grantville Gazette story. Given the number of accents and settings these books are tough work for narrators, I overlooked that in my earlier critcism, although I stand behind my opinion, you can't buy better work than this commercially with this material.
Perhaps some some charitable souls will produce the Grantville Gazette for the Blind and Audible will pick it up.
Ok, I guess you could take points away it being a bit wordy or perhaps even chatty is s better term, but that is part of its charm. Just enough military action, plenty of political intrigue, most quite relevant to today, and so many interesting characters. What's not to like. Plus its history marries sci fi, a personal match made in heaven. Good stuff!
I discovered audio books when my required reading for my profession left me with no time to read for pleasure. Now every chore is a read.
when I first started this series I thought the timeframe and locale was so obscure that only a true history nerd would be able to appreciate the nuances of changes wrought by trans located redneck time travelers. For many of the events that is true. But the rollicking plot and affectionate good humor of the characters make the obscure historical references all the more charming for their history nerd quaintness.
Not as good as the first two, but still fun. I am amazed at all the history that occurs in this time period.
Seemed to drag on a bit where the other books kept pace with what I would have liked. Still a great read. Pro tip: what audible doesn't tell you is that there are two other books before 1635.
I love the narrator and how he makes the story come to life. The story itself is great with characters developing according the time and events.
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