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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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    Bonnie Vacaville, CA, United States 03-30-13
    Bonnie Vacaville, CA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as Good as I'd Hoped"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Walker Camarillo, California, USA 02-23-13
    Craig Walker Camarillo, California, USA 02-23-13 Member Since 2011

    Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.

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    "Time travel, history and a great yarn."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 02-02-13
    Dave 02-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not up to its Potential"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend 1632 to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was an excellent concept and that probably makes it worth the credit. But, not sure I would highly recommend it.


    Did 1632 inspire you to do anything?

    I was planning to read the sequal, but this book changed my mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-04-13
    donald MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Grabs you will not let go."
    Any additional comments?

    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Burton Paradise Valley, AZ, United States 05-05-12
    Burton Paradise Valley, AZ, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Alternative history, or what is the actual history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1632 to be better than the print version?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, USA 04-22-12
    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, USA 04-22-12

    I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

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    "Very Well Done Bravo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone! Its a great book! I've seen it a couple of time in book stores but never read it thinking it might be boring but I was dead wrong Its really well done and entertaining. The action is excellent and the autor highlights nicely how many of the things we take for granted up to our very safty and indivuality were completely radical ideas in those dark times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Jeff. He's a D&D player and tabletop gamer that has a ferm idea of tatics (at least as far as such games teach) and a is a nice guy but for all that not a pushover. And shows that the being a good guy dosn't make you and idiot or being a geek dosen't make you weak.


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

    I love the action sceens and the parts where the author shows just how good a life we have compared to what the world used to be like.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 03-25-12
    Mike Bessemer, AL, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Devine fishkill, ny 06-05-15
    Jeanne Devine fishkill, ny 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow to start but great thru the end"

    I had a little trouble getting into the book. But once the action got going, it was fantastic. Can't wait to start the next one

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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 04-26-15
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "wow, awesome idea for a series"

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next in the series, I have enjoyed the premise of the book and how they are learning to live over 400 years in the pass

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marianne United States 04-15-15
    marianne United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste time or money"
    Would you try another book from Eric Flint and/or George Guidall?

    I would just to give them another chance. But, if it is anything like this one that would be the end of them for me.


    What could Eric Flint have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a plot that is understandable, one can follow and doesn't drone on and on to no avail. I kept listening (audio) but it didn't get better so I quit half way through. Just couldn't justify any more tme.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was confused and disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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