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1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues, such as who should be considered a citizen.

©2000 Eric Flint (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Gripping and excellently detailed.... A treat!” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 10-06-14
    Tim Bradenton, FL, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting, But Come On...!"

    I found the story line to be interesting with the small town being placed back in time with the ring of fire and really enjoy this type of fiction which places present day common everyday people in history that is known and have them find their way. But what I really had issues with were things that should have been dealt with but never mentioned. That's what was fun with Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling‎ where these types of problems were discussed and solved.

    For example, the small WV town goes back in time and the author has an explanation. Ok, I can accept that. But come on, how many guns does this small town have? It's rather unrealistic that everybody gets a gun and limitless ammo. At least tell us where this is all coming from. It makes the story so predictable. I'm not sure if I'll make it to the next book. I'm taking a break and moving on to something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! What if?"

    This was a terrific listen! The history was fascinating, the characters believable and even though it was a long story it never got boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 02-20-13
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Starts great, then slowly unravels"

    I loved this book at the start, and was sure I'd found a new series that would keep me interested for months. I'm now about 3/4th though the book, and I'm not sure I want to finish. This is a book that really tries to stretch a single interesting idea to the breaking point.

    Basically, once the little sci-fi conceit is related at the start of the story, the book becomes more of an alternate history story, and long swaths of the book are devoted to talking about pretty dry historical politics and obscure battles between historical armies that have little or nothing to do with the affairs of the uprooted West Virginians.

    I want to stay interested, but I'm having a hard time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Readalot SC USA 06-08-12
    Readalot SC USA 06-08-12
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    "Like an historical Novel with a twist"

    What really makes this book are the characters. They are well developed and you'll find yourself rooting for them as they go into action. Its really nice to see a community pull together and succeed. It is also interesting to see the influences of religions in that day: Kinda reminds me of the middle east.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris arlington, TX, USA 05-19-12
    Chris arlington, TX, USA 05-19-12
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only wish the next one was ready to listen too. I couldnt stop listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was like a shot of adrenalin


    Any additional comments?

    next please

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 03-13-12
    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010

    I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.

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    "Finally here!!!"

    Finally here!!!

    I have waited for this book to be available on Audible from the very first day I joined the site. I love this book and can’t wait for the rest of the series.

    BRING ON THE REST!!!! 1633, Ring of Fire, 1634 and so on…

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    K.C. 01-17-15
    K.C. 01-17-15

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    "Fantastic story-unneeded fixation on profanity/sex"

    Fantastic story line--it became apparent why the author chose the 30 year war as a background soon after starting--I had absolutely no clue when I began.

    First let me say that I grew up in a coal mining community (Carbon County, no less). I understand that in order to portray miners that there is a certain amount of profanity. I also understand that the author needed to illustrate the contrast between the West Virginia mining community and the depravity of the 30 Year War. However, even a coal miner knows how to speak properly in the presence of his mother or commanding officer or president of the United States. It almost seemed that instead of a profanity or mention about sex that fit the story line, the author purposely went back after the book was written to see if he could insert even more profanities (instead of one or two, he would add six or eight in a string). The same thing about unneeded sexual description. I don't see this in most of the best seller novels that make it big. It is unfortunate, because the plot development is quite good. There was no need to go back and add "extra." I fear that it will hinder this books mainstream popularity. I hoped that it would settle down in book 2, but unfortunately, it didn't.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, USA 04-22-12
    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, USA 04-22-12

    I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

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    "Very Well Done Bravo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone! Its a great book! I've seen it a couple of time in book stores but never read it thinking it might be boring but I was dead wrong Its really well done and entertaining. The action is excellent and the autor highlights nicely how many of the things we take for granted up to our very safty and indivuality were completely radical ideas in those dark times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Jeff. He's a D&D player and tabletop gamer that has a ferm idea of tatics (at least as far as such games teach) and a is a nice guy but for all that not a pushover. And shows that the being a good guy dosn't make you and idiot or being a geek dosen't make you weak.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love the action sceens and the parts where the author shows just how good a life we have compared to what the world used to be like.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 03-23-12
    Shane 03-23-12
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    "Thankyou Audible"

    I requested this series back in December, I am surprised and very happy to see it here so quickly.

    The 1632 series of books are an entertaining and well paced alternate history about a small West Virginian town circa 2000 that is mysteriously transported back in time to central Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years War.

    This is the first time I have listened to George Guidall, he has done an excellent job with his spirited reading.

    I can't wait for the rest of the series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 07-04-17
    clifford United States 07-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "disjointed and poorly written"

    This is a very bad book. I almost couldn't give it 2 stars. It starts off well enough. But then it gets mired in very bad writing.
    First, the story line repeatedly goes down just a god awful romance line. You follow two characters for a few chapters as they fall in love, then repeat with two more charactrs. Nothing here against falling in love, just against bad writing. And the writing here is plodding.
    Secondly, the story shifts wildly from one character to another. The best part of the book is when someone in the town is figuring out how to get some new technology in place. New as in industrial age tech.
    Thirdly, the worst part of the book is when Flint decides to go 100 pages into detail on old battles from the 100 year war from the perspectives of the generals. This writing is beyond bad. Its painful.
    There have been many authors to tackle this fish out of water story line before. Where a group of soldiers are flung to a different universe and are left in a world where their tech is hundreds of years ahead of the rest of humanity. Try the Lost Regiment for a much better story than 1632.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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