1632 is the masterpiece of Eric Flint's career. Flint is best known as the collaborator. His works with David Weber and David Drake being his most p..Show More »opular. Flint describes himself as an idea man, who can stay focused long enough to get a book out but it takes awhile. This is the reason he prefers to use co-authors. It helps the story stay focused while getting it finished in a timely manner. Even though I don't always agree with the political and ethical ideas that Flint puts forward in his books, he does a very good job of making sure they do not become the focus. He writes Sci-Fi books about history and because of that politics do play a role, but he makes sure that many of his ideas and the ideas of his political opposites get their respective places without misrepresentation. The only political idea that he gives short shrift to is Isolationism or Fortress America. Of course most people on both sides of the aisle would agree, that is not a workable solution as WWI and WWII proved to us. The great thing about Flint's "altered history" Sci-Fi is that he tries to stay historically accurate about everything else. He does a fantastic job of sorting out the 30 years war in this work, and does it in such a way that makes it much easier for the common lay person to understand what was going on during that period without the need of historian on the shoulder pointing the way. Flint at times makes it so easy to understand how the 30 years war not only effected Europe of 400 years ago, but also how it played a part in WWI and WWII. This is not just a book of fiction, it is what I like to call "fictive non-fiction". It's core is fiction, but the meat of the book is so well researched and vetted that you can learn vast amounts of valuable information if you read carefully. This is the true measure of historical fiction and Flint's 1632 is a prime example of how to accomplish it. I am truly pleased to finally see 1632 on Audible's play list and can hardly wait for the remaining book of this series and many other Eric Flint books to find their way here.
George Guidall does a superb job in reading this book. He truly grasps the characters and the characteristics of the work. I can only hope that he is the reader for the remainder of the series, and continues to do those works as much justice as he did 1632. Overall this is one for any library, not just Sci-Fi fans.
I really have gotten hooked on following the storylines of these characters. The first two books have been great. I really enjoy the mixing in of h..Show More »istorical events and the interaction that Flint and his co-writers create between these famous historical figures and the Grantville "Uptimers". I am having to READ the next book 1634 since I can't get it on audible :-(. Please get the rest of this series online ASAP.
Audible - If you do a series do the whole series!!
I read many of the Ring of Fire series in hardcopy years ago and I was thrilled that it came out in audio form.
The problem with this book (w..Show More »hich I had not read before) is that is you need the other 1634 and 1635 books to make sense of the story line here. But Audible is missing several of those books.
Here is Eric Flints Recommended order for the series: 1632 Ring of Fire 1633 1634: The Baltic War
(Somewhere along the way, after you’ve finished 1632, read the stories and articles in the first three paper edition volumes of the Gazette.)
1634: The Ram Rebellion 1634: The Galileo Affair 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories and articles in the fourth paper edition volume of the Gazette.)
Ring of Fire II 1635: The Cannon Law 1635: The Dreeson Incident 1635: The Tangled Web
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette V.)
1635: The Papal Stakes 1635: The Eastern Front 1636: The Saxon Uprising Ring of Fire III 1636: The Kremlin Games
Basically the entire middle part of the story line (from after Baltic War through The Grantville Gazette V) is not available.
I understand the Gazettes not being there but the others are critical to understanding all the back story. For example, Sharron Nichols getting married (last seen crying over her loss of Hans Richter). And the Stone boy and his wife in prison when and how did they get there.
I loved the first book in this series. I also really, really liked the two sequels he wrote with David Weber. However, I have read one of the sequel..Show More »s that he co-wrote with Andrew Dennis and another he co-wrote with Virginia Demarce, and I found them mind-numbingly bad. So I hesitated a long time before plunking down my pennies for another sequel co-written with two people I'm unfamiliar with.
I'm happy to be able to report that I liked this entry into the series, and if Flint does anymore books with Huff and Goodlett, I will buy them without hesitation.
If you are new to this series, I don't recommend that you start with this book. I think you should start with the first book in the series, "1632." After that, it would have been nice to read the books in order of publication, but I can't recommend that due to the inferior writers he has teamed with in so many of them. So, I guess you'll just have to decide for yourself what order you will read them in.
This particular entry into the series deals with a young man from Grantville who is recruited by Russian spies to help them bring technology to Russia. I really knew nothing about Russian society before the Russian Revolution of 1917, so this book provided a real eye-opener into why they NEEDED a revolution. They really had a toxic society, and in the real world nothing much changed or improved for ordinary people for hundreds of years. In the Ring of Fire universe, that is changing.
George Guidall narrates and does his usual excellent job.