- Leather Bound: 400 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Leatherbound ed edition (11 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476736413
- ISBN-13: 978-1476736419
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,414,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
1632 Leatherbound Edition (Ring of Fire) Leather Bound – 11 Feb 2014
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"...convincing historical detail ... entertaining ... it's hard not to cheer". -- Starlog --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The town in question is a quiet West Virginia town of about 3,000 which at one point subsisted on proceeds of its coal mine, now shut down, but which has left the legacy of a great number of the town's adult men being UMWA union members. When plopped down in Germany, the union's leader, Mike Stearn, effectively takes charge and begins the process of not only turning the town into a self-sufficient entity but also melding it into a major player into the politics of day.
The good things about this work are its intense descriptions of the battle techniques and weapons of the day and what a difference a little bit of modern firepower can make, its obviously well researched look at the politics and religious battles of the Europe of that age, an interesting look at the position of the Jews within this society, and its easy reading style.
On the negative side, characterization, while adequate, is not very deep for anyone. The motif of 'love at first sight' is way overused. How the town makes the transition from 20th century technology to a stripped down mix of 18th and 19th century level is not covered in enough detail to make it convincing, which is a shame as this could have been one of the most interesting aspects of this novel. The ready acceptance by the German peasants of not only the technological marvels but also the concepts embodied by the Bill of Rights strained my suspension of disbelief mightily, even though it made an excellent theme for the novel.Read more ›
This is the basic idea that underlies this odd novel of alternative history. Take one small US early 21st century town (Grantville, West Virginia) and transport it, locality, coal mine and all, to Thuringia, Germany in 1632 in the middle of the Thirty Years' War, one of Europe's more vicious bouts of bloodletting (the only European war, until the Second World War, in which civilian casualties outnumbered military ones). Those enterprising Americans promptly decide to start the Revolution 150 years early. And would you believe it? Freed of the yoke of dukes and princes, the locals take to the idea of America like ducks to water and are soon running around in a frenzy of entrepreneurial zeal.
The improbabilities breed like rabbits. What are the chances of finding an English speaker (beautiful and beddable naturally) in the middle of 17th century Thuringia at precisely the right time? But they get one, and she not only becomes a community leader and thoroughly Americanised, but also obligingly falls in love with the handsome/strong/tough/thoughtful/perceptive/nearly-always-right leader of Grantville. And then there is a whole host of Scots cavalry who just happen along.Read more ›
In an Author's Afterword, Flint says that "1632" is a "sunny book". That's the problem. For our castaways, there are no clouds in the sky, no matter what the situation. First of all, the collective consternation of the citizens over losing their place in the modern present was no greater than if they'd been stranded in Newark after having missed a plane. I mean, where were the cries of outrage as the trips to see the grandkids in California, the vacations to DisneyWorld, the opportunity to see "I Love Lucy" reruns, and the 401k retirement plans, are all lost forever? Rather, our square-jawed and unrelentingly self-righteous American heroes spend their time rescuing damsels-in-distress from the marauding mercenary bands of the period, and otherwise imposing civil order and the U.S. federal political structure on a world in serious disarray. Teddy Roosevelt couldn't have done it better with his Big Stick approach.Read more ›
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The first in Flint's 'Ring of Fire' series and possibly the best? 1632 begins Flint's enjoyable romp through European history - with a twist. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Liz Bks
Read twenty pages and stopped. Seemed a bit daft and a waste of time.Published 1 month ago by seejay
This book real grew on me the more I read. The story develops the characters well and the historical detail is very well researched. Give it a tryPublished 1 month ago by Xtreme Digital
A concept I enjoyed and a satisfactory read. Eric Flint has done his historic homework; I'm very pleased to see Gustav Adolph centre stage. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alison Morton
Not terribly well written and a messy number of plot lines. did not bother to finish this.Published 3 months ago by Andrew Fuller
Worst book I have ever read and I have read some stinkers. Gave up two-thirds of the way through. Is this what science fiction has come to?Published 8 months ago by Steve
I think the concept was more better than the writing. What could have been something quite original got spoilt by the gung ho the USA is here to save the world narrative.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer