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1636: The Kremlin Games (Ring of Fire) [Hardcover]

Eric Flint , Gorg Huff
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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19 Jun 2012 Ring of Fire
A new addition to the multiple New York Times bestselling Ring of Fire series! After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia continues its quest for survival. A Grantville resident helps Russia modernize, but he in turn must deal with 1600s Russian culture and politics - or wind up dead! 1636. Grantville has bounced back and established its new mission and identity, but it seems some have been left behind - people like Bernie Zeppi, courageous in the battle, but unable to figure out what to do with himself in a world that's utterly changed. Then Russian emissary Vladimir Gorchacov arrives in Grantville and hires Bernie to journey to Moscow and bring the future to a Russia mired in slavish serfdom and byzantine imperial plots. Bernie jumps at the chance. He figures it to be an easy gig, complete with high pay and hot-and-cold running women. But one thing Bernie hasn't counted on is the chance to find his purpose in Mother Russia, from fighting the needless death of children from typhoid to building the first dirigible in Russian history. And then there's love. Just as Bernie realizes his feeling for a certain Russian noblewoman may have gone way beyond respect, he finds them both enmeshed in the deadly politics of Kremlin power struggles.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (19 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637762
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, "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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the twelfth 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 30 years war. It starts a new story arc set in Russia.

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. They are:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New thread 30 Jun 2012
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well, a new thread in 163x saga. It might very well ha started in the Grantvill express, but i find that this novel stand on its own merits. The story rolls on, and one can only wonder if its a two or three book sequel. A fairly good set of maps and a list of persons make it a better treat. That it does nor have any trace of Virgina DeMarce only makes it better !
The reading was easy the plot good so I can recomend this novel warmly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best for Some Time 8 April 2013
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Although I'm a great fan of the Ring of Fire series I've found the more recent offerings to be a bit laboured: this one, however, is back to the best. A Vibrant, amusing story with wonderful cross cultural/ cross time misunderstandings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 13 Sep 2013
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I had read most of this book in the "Grantville Gazette" format so this was just to tidy up the loose ends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile addition to the series 7 Jun 2013
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This book is an entertaining and enjoyable addition to the Ring of Fire series.
How do they manage to maintain the high standards?
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