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The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville - the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident - are caught in the middle of it.

Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark - former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the threat to their power that the Americans represent - which are besieging the German city of Luebeck.

Elsewhere in war-torn Europe, several American plans are approaching fruition. Admiral Simpson of Grantville frantically races against time to finish the USE Navy's ironclad ships - desperately needed to break the Ostender blockade of the Baltic ports. A commando unit sent by Mike Stearns to England prepares the rescue the Americans being held in the Tower of London.

In Amsterdam, Rebecca Stearns continues three-way negotiations with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante who has conquered most of the Netherlands. And, in Copenhagen, the captured young USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell tries to persuade the King of Denmark to break with the Ostender alliance, all while pursuing a dangerous romantic involvement with one of the Danish princesses.

©2007 Eric Flint and David Weber (P)2013 Recorded Books

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good storytelling

I think this story would benefit from the expertise of a good editor. The storyline is long and sometimes seems unnecessary. For the most part I liked the story and look forward to reading the next installment of alternative history series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great book and a nice tie up for some characters

Love the series but looking at it fork off I hesitate to read more. I will no doubt but a new reader is going to have to go to the wiki to see which book is next.

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  • Gino
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 12-08-14

A Key Ring of Fire Title Fun Read

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 characters 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.

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Less Action, More Filler, But Still Listening

Where does 1634 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Medium Low

Would you be willing to try another book from Eric Flint and David Weber ? Why or why not?

Yes, but tired of the lack of action & abundance of filler developing in series. Has slowed way down from 1632 or 1633. All the BS rambling & plethora of tiny, exaggerated, drawn out details - very annoying!

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

If he's the same guy who did 1632, then he's fine. And, please, at least stick to the same guy all the way through. Listening also to David Weber's Safehold Series & the change in Narrators & their pronunciation is hideously annoying & distracting!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, kept waiting for the real action to start, but didn't happen til very end & then wasn't much. Seemed the whole story was mostly a drawn out (VERY DRAWN OUT) build up to the Tower of London break out. Included was another long separate story arc about about Eddie Cantrel, which could've been interesting if the character didn't say the exact same things every time you were told what he was thinking (about being tortured by the Danish King for being in lust w/his 15 yr old daughter or his supposed reason for being there - spying on them - which he was totally incompetent at)! Turned what had been an interesting minor character (who originally had character), into a total whining spineless dweeb. They could've done more with Mike's wife & the Prince of Spain, which might have been more interesting than the drivel w/poor Eddie.

Any additional comments?

I still want to see where story goes & how it ends so I've kept listening & got 1635 The Papal Strikes & 1636 The Devils Opera, but I am getting confused. Checked my state library & there are about 3 or 4 different versions of 1635 & 1636 each, which makes no sense. All written in different years, with different covers & lengths. Most appear to be different story lines but 2 of either the 1935's or 1636's seem to be same, are exact same length & description, but different subtitles on Audible - what's up w/that? I just looked for again to say exactly which 2 titles they were but can't find them now, but there WERE there yesterday when I was trying to figure out which 1635 & which 1636 to buy. If you look at actual books, there's a LOT of different versions, referred to as spin-off stories. The 1636 Kremlin Games being 1 example. Makes it very difficult to keep track of & figure out story line continuity. Wish he just finished the series about the main story w/Mike & King of Sweden, then did a spin off series with DIFFERENT names, not same year titles w/different subtitle. He could've simplified things a lot that way instead. As it is, there's still a lot of the stories missing on audio versions & I'll have to do a lot of reading if I want to actually finish the entire story. Overall, series started off strong, but has been increasingly piddling out with so much boring detail on little things that don't contribute to the story's main plot thrust. This makes it very frustrating. It was such a great idea but he's really dragged it out & I don't know why I keep hanging on - hoping it'll get back to being good & back to the faster pace & action he started off with. Unlike Game of Thrones or Dune Series, both of which were similar in scope & length, (size wise at least), Eric Flint can't seem to keep the momentum going & seems to be just trying to milk it for all it's worth & is killing what could've been a fantastic body of work in the process by turning it into a slow drown in quicksand. Too bad I'm already stuck. If I didn't already have so much time on my hands, I probably would've given up long ago, but if you're not feeling well, it's good for putting you to sleep! (If you miss a few chapters in the process, oh well, no loss either!) Sad, but true. I'd like to know if Mr. Flint has actually sat back & read (or listened) to these books once they're done? Can't believe he'd have published them if he had! Hate to be so negative, but these books could've easily been half their size & still gotten their point across in a much more palatable form. To end on a positive note, I can at least say he can create characters that are interesting enough I got attached to them, which is probably the reason I'm wading through the rest of the series - to find out what happens to them.

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brilliantly conceived

like most things with David Weber, it gets too technical at times. Story's great, though.

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Charming

Ok, I guess you could take points away it being a bit wordy or perhaps even chatty is s better term, but that is part of its charm. Just enough military action, plenty of political intrigue, most quite relevant to today, and so many interesting characters. What's not to like. Plus its history marries sci fi, a personal match made in heaven. Good stuff!

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another rewritten history done with class

when I first started this series I thought the timeframe and locale was so obscure that only a true history nerd would be able to appreciate the nuances of changes wrought by trans located redneck time travelers. For many of the events that is true. But the rollicking plot and affectionate good humor of the characters make the obscure historical references all the more charming for their history nerd quaintness.

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  • Michael
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 04-05-15

enjoyable

Not as good as the first two, but still fun. I am amazed at all the history that occurs in this time period.

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Favorite 1632 book

My favorite, hands down. Good story plot,, nice addition of new characters, and best of all, a very great reader.

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Little slower then the other books.

Seemed to drag on a bit where the other books kept pace with what I would have liked. Still a great read. Pro tip: what audible doesn't tell you is that there are two other books before 1635.