Eric Flint and David Carrico serve up the latest entry in the best-selling alternate history saga of them all, the Ring of Fire!
It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath.
In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns' wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna's plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE's throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement.
But another plot is underway - this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?
©2013 Eric Flint & David Carrico (P)2013 Recorded Books
I don't know why this was even considered a relevant edition to the series. It had almost none of the past/future stress of 1st two books. Guidall does a great job as always, but I was frankly waiting for this to end.
If the subsequent books are like this, I won't be listening anymore (I gave the 1st two books 5 stars).
I did like the description of the explosion.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well put together the story was. I loved all of the characters – even the bad ones, who doesn't love to his son but with the bad guys! One of the better 1632 stories!
The book started off slow, then had some good sections. Too much time was spent on side plots that really had little to do with the main story line.
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