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1634: The Baltic War (Ring of Fire)

1634: The Baltic War (Ring of Fire) [Kindle Edition]

Eric Flint , David Weber
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Fight for Freedom in a Dark and Bloody Age!

After a cosmic accident sets the modern West Virginia town of Grantsville down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe, the United States of Europe is forged in the fire of battle. The Baltic War reaches a climax as France, Spain, England, and Denmark besiege the U.S.E. in the Prussian stronghold of Lubeck. The invention of ironclads, the introduction of special force tactics during a spectacular rescue operation at the Tower of London – the up-timers plan to use every trick in the time traveler's book to avoid a defeat that will send Europe back to a new Dark Age!

Multiple New York Times best-seller and creator of the legendary "Honorverse" series David Weber teams with New York Times best-selling alternate history master Eric Flint to tell the tale of the little town that remade a continent and rang in freedom for a battle-ravaged land in the latest blockbuster addition to Flint's "Grantsville" saga!

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"This is a thoughtful and exciting look at just how powerful are the ideals we sometimes take for granted, and is highly recommended[.]"
Publishers Weekly on Flint and Weber's 1633.

"[R]eads like a Tom Clancy techno-thriller set in the age of the Medicis…"
Publishers Weekly on New York Times best-seller, 1634:  The Galileo Affair.

Eric Flint is the author of the New York Times best seller 1634: The Galileo Affair (with Andrew Dennis)—a novel in his top-selling "Ring of  Fire" alternate  history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him "an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major measure." A longtime labor union activist with a master's degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

About the Author

David Weber is author of the "New York Times" best-selling Honor Harrington series as well as "In Fury Born" and other popular novels. With Steve White, he is the author of "Insurrection," "Crusade," "In Death Ground," and the "New York Times" best seller "The Shiva Option," all novels based on his "Starfire" SF strategy game. Eric Flint's impressive first novel, "Mother of Demons" (Baen), was selected by "SF Chronicle" as one of the best novels of 1997. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, including the new novel "The Dance of Time," and with David Weber collaborated on "1633," a novel in the Ring of Fire series, and on "Crown of Slaves," a best of the year pick by "Publishers Weekly." Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring ofFire series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 1072 pages
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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (10 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concludes the original "1632" trilogy 11 May 2014
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Chronologically this is the fourth book in a series in which a small American town is sent back from around the turn of the millennium to Germany in the middle of the thirty years war. The books in this series are identified with titles which are, or begin with, the 17th century year in which the main action of each book takes place, e.g. 1632, 1633, etc and it is variously known as the "Ring of Fire" or "Assiti Shards" series. However, this is the third in a trilogy of books which set out the main story of the new history which the arrival of Grantville, the American town causes, a trilogy later expanded to a group of five books which the lead author Eric Flint subsequently called the "spinal cord" of the series.

(The "Ring of Fire" is how the inhabitants of Grantville described the event which brought their town back 370 years in time and a few thousand miles in space. The Assiti were the extraterrestial race whose thoughtless actions, described in the first book as akin to "criminal negligence," caused that event, though no human ever learns this.)

The books in this series differ very greatly in their style and focus, and I gather I am not the only reader who liked some of them very much more than others. Five of the six books to date which I did particularly enjoy and can recommend to others, which include this one, are the ones which Eric Flint himself, in the afterword to "The Saxon Uprising" describes as the main line or spinal cord of the series.and can be read in sequence to give you an overall view of the history of the very different seventeenth century which Grantville's arrival in Germany in 1631 creates in the stories. They are:

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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappoining part two of 1633 16 Nov 2008
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I am a big fan of David Weber and have enjoyed a lot of Eric Flint's writing, which makes it all the more puzzling that I find their collaboration such tepid fare. Perhaps the problem is that they are just too similar as authors; both are at their best when writing about the bullets/cannon-balls/missiles flying while men and women sacrifice themselves for King and Country. Unfortunately, 1634: The Baltic War contains very little of that. Instead we get a book describing the politics of the north-western portion of the 1632 world.

I hugely enjoyed 1632 as a book; it was a fun, rah-rah Americans-travel-back-in-time to rip things up romp through alternate history. By this book, however, the premise of the setting has stretched to breaking point. The idea that 3000 people with technology from today could - in two years accelerate progress that took 250 years in reality is - to put it mildly - utterly ludicrous. Quite apart from the technological difficulties (solved every time thanks to Grantville essentially possessing a super-expert for every pertinent job), the societal difficulties would be insurmountable. I would recommend anyone who thinks otherwise, to volunteer for some down-to-earth aid work in Africa or Asia.

Unfortunately, even if one suspends disbelief, the book fails to impress. Both Weber and Flint tend to write a particular type of story, and the pattern (outnumbered but technologically superior forces defeating surprisingly competent leaders for an incompetent government) will be quite familiar to any reader of Weber. This time, the formula fails.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Battles and Betrothals all round! 7 Sep 2007
First let me say that this is a good book, even a very good book. It's full of action, plot and character development and does a nice job of propelling the Ring of Fire story forward whilst opening up an already engrossing world even further with more possibilities. In parts it is damn well near impossible to put down as the suspense build momentum towards the end of the novel.

One of the things I've noticed mentioned about this book, and its predecessor is the nature of Oliver Cromwell depicted within. The recurring theme has been that many view him as a religious fanatic and thus find his inclusion and demeanour quite uncharacteristic in their eyes. However I would argue that Eric Flint and David Weber merely agree with the interpretation of Cromwell favoured by most historians not of a highly reactionary and right wing background. That whilst he was a deeply religious man, even to the point of zealotry, he was not in fact whooly defined by this, and was in fact a deeply complex figure wracked by his own deeply inherent social-conservatism which was at odds with his later religious radicalism. A radicalism which by our own standards would seem tame in comparison, and one ever at odds with his own interpretation of providence. Now in my opinion Flint and Weber hint at this, showing in Cromwells brief appearances his ingrained background as a member of the minor gentry (courteous, educated and polite), yet also showing how he is wrestling with his horrific treatment and loss in relation to God and providence.
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