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1637

The Volga Rules
Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Ring of Fire, Book 34
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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It's been five years since a cosmic incident known as The Ring of Fire transported the modern-day town of Grantville, West Virginia, through time and space to 17th-century Europe. The course of world history has been forever altered. And Mother Russia is no exception.

Inspired by the American up-timers' radical notion that all people are created equal, Russian serfs are rebelling. The entire village of Poltz, led by blacksmith Stefan Andreevich, pulls up stakes to make a run for freedom.

Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest, with the aid of up-time car mechanic Bernie Zeppi, his Russian associates - and a zeppelin. The czar makes his way to the village of Ufa. There he intends to set up a government-in-exile. It is to Ufa that the serfs of Poltz are heading, as well.

The path is dangerous - for the serfs as well as the czar. They face great distances and highwaymen. But the worst threat are those in the aristocracy who seek to crush the serfs and execute the czar in a bid to drive any hope for Russian freedom under their Parisian-crafted boot heels. But the Russians of 1637 have taken inspiration from their up-timer counterparts. And it could be that a new wind of liberty is about to blow three centuries early - and change Mother Russia forever.

©2018 Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlett (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • zaav
  • Virginia, USA
  • 07-11-18

Giant leaps landing nowhere

This story jumps huge parts of time with little detail given. Only summary focus on technology, mostly repeated content. The story starts off well, but then character and plot development just drop off.

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note

I would give it three stars as a Average story by itself, still worth the read. Four stars for a smooth believable continuation and building on the preexisting Ring of Fire world.

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Fantastic!

I’ve been waiting with great expectations and am not disappointed ! This particular spin off has so much potential .

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  • GB
  • Northern Virginia
  • 06-28-18

One of the best in the series

This book is one of the best in the entire series, it took me back to the tone, tenor and utter chaos of introducing modern knowledge into an unsuspecting era.

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more political

much more political intrigue that was good. military campaign and theory is interesting I like it.

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  • S
  • 06-04-18

how to put you to sleep

Narrator slured a great deal in a deep mumbling monotone. rarely lasted more than 10 minutes before sleep would overtake. i recommend the written version over audio.