The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.
Inspired by the example of American freedom and justice, a movement in Franconia among the peasants, who have revolted several times even before the arrival from the future of the town of Grantville, an independent revolutionary movement has arisen, flying the banner of the head of a ram. The West Virginians fully approve of liberating the peasants from the nobility, but they are also aware of how revolutionary movements can lead to bloodbaths. And avoiding that deadly possibility will require all of their future knowledge and all their plain old American horse-trading diplomacy....
©2006 Eric Flint with Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books
Regular guy, Engineer, Reader
Get over the idea that this is a 1633 sequel and enjoy these delightful stories. You will get to meet some important ongoing characters in this volume. The more of a fan you are, the more you will understand and like this read.
When this book was published the Grantville Gazette was not past it's 50th issue and many people thought the Ring of Fire series was a few glamorous novels with more of the same to follow. The idea of humble people from a small town assimilating into a big world in a known historical context is fertile ground for new and expanding approaches and with the big success of the Grantville Gazette, the ROF universe has expanded greatly into a number of serial adventures, articles and stories, some very small, some factual, some speculative and all organized around the Ring of fire.
Acculturation, opression, rebellion, irony, humor all with an allegorical eye to our current state is brought up in this book all the while under the subheading, 'This is all a bit of fun'. The bigger the fan of the Grantville Universe you are, the more you will like this book.
I wish there was more bandwidth in the recording, it sounds a little confined.
Nick Sullivan could do a real good job on this series, they should add him to the crew. There are a number of titles to go to catch up.
Not as good as the previous books in The Ring of Fire, but worth a listen, since it covers the same time period as the previous books.
The Narration of this book was AMAZING. He clearly has a good grasp of German, presenting believable accents and correct pronunciation of German words and phrases.
I read this book when It first came out, and regretted it.
But that's been many years, and the audiobook has got to be a better experience. Right?
It's not all bad, but I find that I could have EASILY lived without trying it a second time.
So, if you've read the book, skip the audiobook.
If you're a "Ring of Fire" enthusiast, as I am, AND you've never read this book, you might as well get it.
It's not ALL bad. But you could easily cut away 75% of it and be happier than you would be by going through the whole book.
While the storyline continues this particular book has several story lines which if not followed closely may loose a reader in what is really happening.
If you are looking for some poorly written fan fiction set in the Ring of Fire Universe, then this is the book for you. If you want a well written story from author Eric Flint, you will not find it in The Ram Rebellion. To say this book is poorly edited is too mild. It's a quasi-anthology of mind numbingly dull stories told in mostly (but not entirely) chronological order about the events which lead up to a rebellion and how that fight unfolds. If this had been written by one person with a clear goal in mind, it could have been a compelling story. Instead, it's just a mess that is not worth anyone's time.
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