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1636: The Devil's Opera (Ring of Fire Series Book 14) [Kindle Edition]

Eric Flint , David Carrico
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A new addition to the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia take on a murderous conspiracy of operatic proportions in Magdeburg, the capital of the United States of Europe.

New York Times Best Selling Series

Eric Flint and David Carrico serve up the latest entry in the best-selling alternate history saga of them all, the Ring of Fire!

It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath.

In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns' wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna's plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE's throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement.

But another plot is underway--this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?

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“This alternate history series is…a landmark…”—Booklist

“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”—Booklist

“…reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis…”—Publishers Weekly

Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He’s the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, including, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

David Carrico's writing career literally began with a cliche. He finished reading a particularly bad novel, threw it across the room, and declared, "I can write better than that." It took a while, but eventually he began selling stories, many of them laid in the 1632 universe and published in Grantville Gazette. 1636: The Devil's Opera is his first novel. David lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


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Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He's the author/creator of the "New York Times" best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the "Belisarius" alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on "1633" and 1634" The Baltic War "and latest Honorverse series entry, "Cauldron of Ghosts." Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois. David Carrico's writing career literally began with a cliche. He finished reading a particularly bad novel, threw it across the room, and declared, "I can write better than that." It took a while, but eventually he began selling stories, many of them laid in the 1632 universe and published in "Grantville Gazette." "1636: The Devil's Opera" is his first novel. David lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4071 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8N7WD2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of genre-crossing work 6 Oct. 2013
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I've been a fan of Eric Flint's 1632 series for many years now. David Carrico's detective story wrapped around political turmoil and musical innovation in an alternate history is a welcome and brilliant addition to the series.

It is one for fans of the series not to miss, while it is a strong enough work to read alone without knowledge of the rest of the series.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book in a Great Series 28 Sept. 2013
By Leonard Wechsler - Published on Amazon.com
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The new book, Devil's Opera, is a sideshow to the main story of the 163x universe. For non-followers, a group of several thousand West Virginians in 2000 were somehow transported back to Germany in 1631 and changed history. Although there were a lot of them and they had a great deal of knowledge of modern science and technology, there were too few and had far too little resources to take over. As a result, they made deals with local folk (down timers) and essentially recreated a lot of elements of America within that time. New products and new ideas flowed. They were a key center of the United States of Europe, with Gustavus Adolphus as Emperor.
History changed in a lot of ways, not only by the new powerhouse and ideas but because contemporary rulers reacted to the new people. There have been more than a dozen books in the series.
THIS CURRENT BOOK focuses on a short period of time in Magdeburg, the Imperial Capital, in 1635, during a civil war. Although there are a few historical characters (Gustavus Adolphus, his daughter Princess Cristina, etc.) almost all characters are fictional.
An uptime singer Marla Linder is a popular artist who is working with others to bring new music to Germany. Because of a personal tragedy, she takes politics more seriously than ever before and gets involved by singing a translated version of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables. It brings in support from a lot of people and eventually helps settle the war at least a bit and demonstrates to autocrats the power of the people.
Other characters include a tough guy factory hand who is a boxer and a young crippled orphan he befriends and brings home to his crippled sister. They are involved in another plot involving a series of murders.
The story moves quickly, the characters are both interesting and feel real.

This is probably the best alternative history series ever and this is a worthy book in the series. Buy it!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Side Story to the Series 8 Oct. 2013
By J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Devil's Opera is a side story in the series. It features characters that are secondary in the main line of the series while the original main line characters are side characters here. Events in The Devil's Opera are running parallel to the events in The Saxon Uprising.

There are several mysteries in the story and some new characters. Music is featured as a way to make a political statement. The book is extremely well written and held my attention throughout the story. Everything does intersect at the end. It was a pleasant story and fulfilled my need for more of the series. However, it is more of a filler and did not seem to move the story line along.

Pick it up if you are a fan of the series. It can stand-alone but is better if you have read the previous books.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Grantville, with a hint of Sweden 29 Oct. 2013
By Kyllein MacKellerann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is "Ring of Fire Universe" story and part of the Canon for the 1632 story line. This time it's centered in Magedeburg and
uses some of the "second string" characters along with some interesting new ones.
This one is a combination murder mystery, fight story, and operatic venture; and rather well done.
There are three main-line characters, two up-timers and one major down-timer character involved as well as a
sprinkling of up and down timer cameos and walk ons.
It's a decent story for all that, even though you can see one of the endings coming a mile away--its STILL a good story.

Would I recommend it? Not to someone who isn't used to the Ring of Fire series, but to someone who is aware of the Ring of Fire story line,
Absolutely! It's a good read and quite enjoyable.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Co-Authored Novels 12 Oct. 2013
By Macv - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Baen Books seems to have bad luck with 'co-authored' works.

Even when one of the co-authors has, as a single author, produced numerous excellent novels, the co-authored works seem to come out no better than mediocre.

I am beginning to wonder if Baen Books has an executive with a title something like 'Co-Author Co-Ordinator' who takes part in the authorship of every co-authored work. If there is such a person, he or she does not seem to be doing good work.

If you want to read this book, first listen at least once to 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' from 'Les Miserables.'

More plots in this book than in some small cemeteries.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 5 Jan. 2014
By Henry Bethe - Published on Amazon.com
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Carrico's characters are reasonably complete and fairly believable - although why a WV small town would contain a concert quality musician/singer ... But this book continues the development of the Culture of Germany as affected by the introduction of 20th century Americana. And does it very well.
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