Though the Thirty Years' War continues to ravage 17th-century Europe, history as it once happened has been strongly deflected by the new force that is rapidly gathering power and influence: the United States 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 - the Ring of Fire.
The USE has know-how of 20th-century technology, but the American traditions of freedom and justice are having an even stronger impact on Europe, and the rulers of Europe are powerless to stuff the Grantville genie back into the bottle.
Eric Flint is the author of the New York Times best seller 1634: The Galileo Affair (with Andrew Dennis) - a novel in his top-selling Ring of Fire alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him "an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major measure".
©2009 Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books
This book feels like a few hundred pages of this:
"I heard it from Mary - you know, Chad's brother's uncles old roommate? No, not that Chad, the other Chad. Anyway, Chad's brother's uncle's old roommate was talking to Bill - you know Bill, he is Jason's cousin, the friend of the wife of that guy that got drunk at the Christmas party last year? Anyway Mary was saying that Ted's mother Jane (you remember Jane - Emily went to school with her daughter Liz) - Jane is having a lot of problems with her husband Tom who is out of town with his friend Jack - that's Jack, Peter's friend, not Jack from the club".
Imagine that except the characters all have similar sounding German or Irish names.
This one suffers also because the main line ring of fire series books are so good.
Kudos to the Narrator for doing a good job as always. I feel like the poor guy struggles with the new-character-every-other-page content in this one and it's hard for him to make a clear differentiation between characters.
A lot of material is from earlier Grantville Gazettes. The storyline is very disjointed and very hard to follow along.This is not one of the better books of the series.
This book is the bits and pieces of its sister book that did not fit in the other, but without the assistance of an independent plot to hang them on.
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