- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books (19 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451637764
- ISBN-13: 978-1451637762
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
1636: The Kremlin Games (Ring of Fire) Hardcover – 19 Jun 2012
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About the Author
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, "among others. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Most of the books in this series are identified with titles which are, or begin with, the 17th century year in which each book starts (e.g. 1632, 1633, etc) and it is sometimes known as the "Ring of Fire" or "Assiti Shards" series. In the case of "1636: the Kremlin Games" the date in the title appears to be that of the climax at the conclusion of the book.
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 race whose thoughtless actions, described in the first book as akin to "criminal negligence," caused that event, though we are told in the first novel in the series that no human will ever learn this.
Some of the books in this series were just written by Eric Flint but most have one or more co-authors such as David Weber. This book has Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett as co-authors. The books in the series differ greatly in their style and focus, and I gather I am not the only reader who enjoyed some of them very much more than others. Five which I particularly enjoyed and can recommend to others can be read in sequence and give an overview of the history of the very different seventeenth century which Grantville's arrival in Germany in the early 1630's creates in the stories.
Eric Flint himselves describes these same five books as the "Main line" or spinal cord of the series to date in the afterword to this volume.Read more ›
The reading was easy the plot good so I can recomend this novel warmly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely one of the better books in this series. Runs parallel to many of the earlier stories and brings in some interesting new characters while remaining part of the overall... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Geoff90
I had read most of this book in the "Grantville Gazette" format so this was just to tidy up the loose endsPublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by Chris Davison