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)
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.
Easily entertained and amused.
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.
Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.
I would call this a male version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. That is to say this is a more male orientated time travel action. Lots of story for the dollar. Well narrated. A small American country town is ripped into Germany of the past and the citizens of that town have to deal with the never ending European wars and culture of the period with the knowledge of the present. I look forward to the next volume.
I thought the concept of this book was excellent and I was very excited to start reading it. Unfortunately, after the first chapter the focus of this books breaks down to multiple soap opera romances, and guns. I would have liked to have seen a lot more focus on the technology challenges that the community would have faced.
It was an excellent concept and that probably makes it worth the credit. But, not sure I would highly recommend it.
I was planning to read the sequal, but this book changed my mind.
"A modern community finds itself in the time of the inquisition" This alternative history is the bench mark for comparison to other like novels. The only distressing thing is that there is only one other book from the series available at audible. Great characters, multiple story lines.
I love knowledge and reading. I sometimes go by the name of Abhir but I am not Hindu and the name does not translate from Hindi.
I did not read the book, but listened to the audible version. There are times that the performance provides an added dimension to the book that I would have supplied when I "read" a book. However, there are performances that go far beyond the story. This was neither, in that it was a good read, but not the "special", that I was alluding to earlier. The story had language differences that many reviewers complain about when they are not to their liking. Then there are vocalizations that firmly place you in the story as if you are truly present. Overall, George Guidall has never disappointed me. The book I would characterize as one of my more interesting genres, and the writing would be best characterized as easy listening, which is wonderful when I am stuck in bed and I have 1/2 of my brain to utilize. In short, it is a very pleasant read and I would definitely listen to the rest of the series, but it does not rate in the 5+ books. For those of you who want an interesting book to listen to but not one that takes over most, if not all of your cerebral cortex, then I would highly recommend this listen. In addition, I used the guided format for my review, and decided that it is the least useful of the reviews that I have read (sorry Audible).My favorite book (or among the short list), is the "Killer Angels". When it was initially written, it went nowhere, slowly. I doubt that most critics READ books that they wax so eloquently about or worse micturate on the author and book, when it is not politically correct(Bell Curve). So where is this aural manuscript in the pantheon of great and other missives? It is entertaining, but don't expect it to be resurrected in 50 years. It is to be listened to now for plain and unalloyed enjoyment.For those of you that have made it this far, I truly thank you and that you have forgiven my mistakes in typing with a 1/2 of one eye or should it be 25% of my visual abilities.
Wow, Wow, Wow...and I will say it one more time...Wow. I am a big David Weber, John Ringo fan. Was looking for another author to listen too while I waited for their next books to come out. I knew Eric Flint co wrote two books with Weber, so I thought I would try one of his. As you can see from above...Wow. Now my next question if to Audible...How long is it going to take to get the rest of not just this series, but other Eric Flint books? Great story of today meeting the past. Very interesting the detail provided about the dark ages and the true evil behind those times in our history. Very good work in merging fiction and that history. Again, looking forward to the next release. One more thing, hope they do not change the narrator...he did a super job.
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.
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.
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