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1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1 | [Eric Flint]

1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2000 Eric Flint (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Gripping and excellently detailed.... A treat!” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! What if?"

    This was a terrific listen! The history was fascinating, the characters believable and even though it was a long story it never got boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 02-20-13
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Starts great, then slowly unravels"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charleen alameda, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Charleen alameda, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "the story should have a 7 star rating"
    If you could sum up 1632 in three words, what would they be?

    brilliant reasonable alternative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1632?

    I loved the "tombstone" put on the mass grave of the murderous soldiers from the farmhouse skirmish.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    This guy is a great reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh, cry, and made me, want to read all of the books in the series, which I am doing now.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly wish Mr. Guidall would get busy and record all of the books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Readalot SC USA 06-08-12
    Readalot SC USA 06-08-12
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    "Like an historical Novel with a twist"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris arlington, TX, USA 05-19-12
    Chris arlington, TX, USA 05-19-12
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only wish the next one was ready to listen too. I couldnt stop listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was like a shot of adrenalin


    Any additional comments?

    next please

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Gifford, IL, United States 02-21-12
    Rob Gifford, IL, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Ready for Book 2 on Audible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1632?

    The year 1632 meeting the year 2001.


    What about George Guidall???s performance did you like?

    Pefect performance, good match for the story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Bring in the series to audible, soon!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 03-23-12
    Shane 03-23-12
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    "Thankyou Audible"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    K.C. 01-17-15
    K.C. 01-17-15

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    "Fantastic story-unneeded fixation on profanity/sex"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 10-06-14
    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, But Come On...!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14
    Cathy S. LAYTON, UT, US 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Easily entertained and amused.

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    "Meh . . ."

    I almost didn't want to bother with a review on this one. I bought it based on the reviews of other readers and while I don't entirely disagree with the others, I just could not suspend my reality long enough to accept such a preposterous tale.

    Things just didn't click for me in this story. If I and my entire community were snatched up and dropped in another world, I felt that I and the people I know would have had entirely different reactions. And it was difficult to accept without more detailed explanation (that was never sufficiently provided) that modern life could suffer so few technological disruptions. These people still had functional phones and computers?! Did I miss something? I must have. But frankly, the book didn't hold my attention well enough to go back and find out.

    I do recognize ability, skill and effort, hence the 3 stars, but I won't buy the sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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