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 in audio format. Looking forward to listening to them all. Keep writing for us Mr. Flint. Entertainment and a worthy history lesson wrapped up together.
Leave your intellectual snobbery at home and just enjoy this rollicking tale. Fun, well told and well researched it sheds light on how our modern world came to be as well as posing other alternatives.
In sales and on the road a lot. Love SciFi, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and the occasional Non-Fiction. Funny. Opinionated.
there are many bright, shining moments in this book. there are equally many dull, bogged down spots. motivations are clunky, resource management only in the most general sense, and other frustrations. That said, I got through it in good time and have started the second book. definitely inspires the imagination.
The idea of transporting a modern American town to the 1600s is a great idea and the result was imaginative and complex. But there was just too much explaining and detail about King so-and-so or Captain what's-his-name. It bogged down the action.
The reader was adequate.
I'm not sure I'll read any more of this series.
The book is fun, but it focuses too much on relationships instead of the politics of the day. the attack on Grantville and the chapters about Gustav Adolphus were amazing, however!! It is one of George Guidall's best narrations. "1633" is better, but this is a good Introduction to the series.
Have no idea. Never read the print version.
The way Americans could adjust and triumph.
It is so cliche' to say "He could read the phone book and make it sound interesting," but I truly believe that Mr. Guidall fits the saying. There were explanations in the story that were totally unnecessary. However, it was not until I looked back on the story, that I even realized the story was TOO long and why. I simply enjoyed listening to the story, and because of the performance, I believed that this unbelievable story really happened. Thank you George Guidall. After listening to the Longmire Series by Craig Johnson and Lost Wife, both read by Mr. Guidall, I am totally convinced that he can read anything and make it better.
Ex-Pats ROCK ancient Europe!
Looking forward to Next year - 1633.
I read this book a number of years ago. Listening to it was a real treat. George Guidall does a good job overall, with only a couple of pronunciation errors. The Ring of Fire series tells the story of a West Virginia town of our current day and how it is somehow transported to central Germany in the year 1632. That is smack in the middle of the famous "30 years war". The ensuing interaction between 21st century Americans and 17th century Europeans is both educational and entertaining. This is fiction based on fact at its very best. I recommend this book.
A driver that likes to listen to books instead of the radio.
It is an interesting exercise to think of what you would do if you were placed back in history, In this case a town. Well you will have to go from there on your own but it is an interesting story if you like history and ever dream of actually taking an active role in changing it
Interesting story but a little difficult to follow. Jumped around a bit for me. If you like time travel give it a shot.
I bought this as one of those "post-purchase" bonuses for $4 or $5. It was a great deal and I liked it better than my primary purchase.
OK, it was a bit hoaky, a bunch of WV miners back in the 1600s, and the people they experienced there, all the intercultural relationships, a fair amount of explicit sex, military maneuvers with mining vehicles and motorbikes, etc. But it was fun! It was also a good treatment of some history I knew little about. And it made me oddly proud to be an American in the real sense (no Tea Party here, but not rampant liberalism either)!
The narrator originally struck me as very hoaky also, but I got used to him. I learned his voices, which were different enough to represent the wide variety of characters introduced.
So, I just downloaded 1633, because I just have to know what happens next. Isn't that what it's all about?
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