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.
Of the Ring of Fire Books this is one of the most important. This is full novel written by the originators. It introduces and fleshes out key charact..Show More »ers and events that set the scene for almost every ROF and Grantville Gazette story. Given the number of accents and settings these books are tough work for narrators, I overlooked that in my earlier critcism, although I stand behind my opinion, you can't buy better work than this commercially with this material.
Perhaps some some charitable souls will produce the Grantville Gazette for the Blind and Audible will pick it up.
I really enjoyed Papal Stakes. In the Ring of Fire series it is a wonderful addition and key story. Finally getting a good story with the Wrecking Cre..Show More »w is something every afficionado has been waiting for and we have gotten a very good answer to our wish.
George Guidall took a very difficult read and pulled it off with absolute aplomb. Though I was critical of his earlier performances, he took this story and made it his own. I suspended all disbelief and rode his reading of this tale like it was a magic carpet.
I hope that more books in the series and the Grantville Gazette come out. I am willing to pay for every bit of this series that comes to light.
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.