New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues, such as who should be considered a citizen.
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“Gripping and excellently detailed.... A treat!” (Publishers Weekly)
Fantastic story line--it became apparent why the author chose the 30 year war as a background soon after starting--I had absolutely no clue when I began.
First let me say that I grew up in a coal mining community (Carbon County, no less). I understand that in order to portray miners that there is a certain amount of profanity. I also understand that the author needed to illustrate the contrast between the West Virginia mining community and the depravity of the 30 Year War. However, even a coal miner knows how to speak properly in the presence of his mother or commanding officer or president of the United States. It almost seemed that instead of a profanity or mention about sex that fit the story line, the author purposely went back after the book was written to see if he could insert even more profanities (instead of one or two, he would add six or eight in a string). The same thing about unneeded sexual description. I don't see this in most of the best seller novels that make it big. It is unfortunate, because the plot development is quite good. There was no need to go back and add "extra." I fear that it will hinder this books mainstream popularity. I hoped that it would settle down in book 2, but unfortunately, it didn't.
This was a terrific listen! The history was fascinating, the characters believable and even though it was a long story it never got boring.
An interesting concept that devolved into a somewhat ridiculous and mostly dull story. The time travel and it's implications become a minor sub-plot. Virtually every main character starts out single and quickly succumbs to love at first site (which always works out, of course). All the females get pregnant. Far too much unnecessary detail in some parts (on and on and on descriptions of music being blasted at a castle) and not enough detail in others (How are they maintaining a telephone service and other modern conveniences? Did a water treatment plant & sewage treatment plant move with them? as just a few minor examples.) And why did they call it "Ring of Fire" when, as far as I can tell, the only fire was a farmhouse? Why not "Ring of Light" -- that's what they all saw, a very bright light. I know that's kinda petty, but again, just an example. Overall, this book could've been much more interesting. If you're not into unrealistic romances & repetitive descriptions of medieval battle tactics, you probably won't like this.
I loved this book at the start, and was sure I'd found a new series that would keep me interested for months. I'm now about 3/4th though the book, and I'm not sure I want to finish. This is a book that really tries to stretch a single interesting idea to the breaking point.
Basically, once the little sci-fi conceit is related at the start of the story, the book becomes more of an alternate history story, and long swaths of the book are devoted to talking about pretty dry historical politics and obscure battles between historical armies that have little or nothing to do with the affairs of the uprooted West Virginians.
I want to stay interested, but I'm having a hard time.
brilliant reasonable alternative
I loved the "tombstone" put on the mass grave of the murderous soldiers from the farmhouse skirmish.
This guy is a great reader.
This book made me laugh, cry, and made me, want to read all of the books in the series, which I am doing now.
I truly wish Mr. Guidall would get busy and record all of the books.
What really makes this book are the characters. They are well developed and you'll find yourself rooting for them as they go into action. Its really nice to see a community pull together and succeed. It is also interesting to see the influences of religions in that day: Kinda reminds me of the middle east.
I only wish the next one was ready to listen too. I couldnt stop listening
I liked them all
It was like a shot of adrenalin
George Guidall gives a wonderful performance and the story is quick paced and keeps you entertained. Anyone who likes time travel novels will dig this one. It has everything a novel needs to entertain; Politics, war, evil and romance with the right balance. Not heavy on the war details to the point of boredom and not too sappy in the love department. Very well balanced.
The year 1632 meeting the year 2001.
Pefect performance, good match for the story!
Bring in the series to audible, soon!
I requested this series back in December, I am surprised and very happy to see it here so quickly.
The 1632 series of books are an entertaining and well paced alternate history about a small West Virginian town circa 2000 that is mysteriously transported back in time to central Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years War.
This is the first time I have listened to George Guidall, he has done an excellent job with his spirited reading.
I can't wait for the rest of the series.
I found the story line to be interesting with the small town being placed back in time with the ring of fire and really enjoy this type of fiction which places present day common everyday people in history that is known and have them find their way. But what I really had issues with were things that should have been dealt with but never mentioned. That's what was fun with Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling where these types of problems were discussed and solved.
For example, the small WV town goes back in time and the author has an explanation. Ok, I can accept that. But come on, how many guns does this small town have? It's rather unrealistic that everybody gets a gun and limitless ammo. At least tell us where this is all coming from. It makes the story so predictable. I'm not sure if I'll make it to the next book. I'm taking a break and moving on to something else.
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