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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (11 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476736871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476736877
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,930 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 "and latest Honorverse series entry, "Cauldron of Ghosts." Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard White on 28 Dec. 2014
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A excellent episode in the series as big-time economics hits Austro-Hungary attitudes versus pretty young entrepreneurs as reality strikes the new emperor.
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Not the best but by no means the worst of this series. Good to see what the Barbies were up to in Vienna and a few other characters as well. A bit heavy on economics theory (just went way over my head) but otherwise OK. Very believable baddies!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andrew ward on 23 Jan. 2015
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Excellent item and next day delivery
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Listener on 7 Nov. 2014
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One of the better volumes in this series
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Weakest entry to date 2 Nov. 2014
By Wildwily - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel bad being so harsh, but...

This is book 17 in the universe of 1632 and the Ring of Fire. This is NOT a good place to start.

The problems:

Cast of hundreds - no really. So many named characters that even a cheat sheet will run to multiple pages. The traveling sideshow that is the Barbie Consortium is at least 8 characters, with family members and employees bringing the number over 20. Now add political figures from around Europe, not to mention powerful people in Vienna. There just isn't enough space in the book to do them all justice, so most of them get very few lines...which still chew up time and plot and pages introducing them.
Lack of direction - most of the book is spent identifying the problem. Economic crisis!!! But economic crisis is boring, so the threat of military action and violence remains just offstage. And, apart from a small and ineffectual conspiracy, the threat is resolved with everyone being reasonable.

In conclusion...look. If you are a fan of the series, then read the book already. Who are you kidding. But if you aren't a fan of the series, stay away. Even with the backstory they DO fill in, you still won't get it.

All that said...I will STILL buy the next in the series. I like the world. But I won't pretend this was a well constructed novel.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Another great entry into the Ring of Fire series! 21 Oct. 2014
By K. O'Neil - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book as a part of Baen Books November ebook bundle.

This is another entry into the great series that began with 1632 by Eric Flint. Grantville, West Virginia is suddenly dumped into the middle of the Thirty Years War in Germany. And the saga goes on from there!

This is NOT a stand-alone read! There's just too much background that you need to know to really understand what's going on and why. Do you know what the Barbie Consortium is and what its done? You really need to... On top of that this book is not in the mainstream of the story-line, it's part of the Eastern European thread.

Austro-Hungry is teetering on the brink, it has lost too much to Wallenstein, Gustavus Adolphus is threatening its borders, its Emperor is dying and the new young Emperor wants a sports car! Enter a couple of Granville mechanics, a Barbie (who didn't want to come), Virginia Hillbilly American equality and stir the pot...

If you've read the Ring of Fire series I think you'll enjoy this book. The story is a bit off the wall—the Barbies are taking on Vienna! There's a fascinating look at how Vienna in the 1630's was organized (or not really) and how the Americans thread their way through—and demolish—the land-mines of that social hierarchy. There's a fair amount marrying either going on or coming and Vienna will never be the same... Oh, and add a plot to assassinate the new Emperor, the Barbies and most of the nobility!

Alternate histories fascinate me and this series is one of my favorites. This episode in the tale of Grantville features the Barbie Consortium and a cast of characters that are not the big hitters—for example Mike Stearns only appears for a few brief scenes. But there's plenty of the twisting of history, action and amusement between these covers.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Shopping? The Barbies want Vienna! 18 Nov. 2014
By Michael Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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It's the 1630's and the new Emperor of Austria-Hungary has bought a car, a 240Z, which comes with two mechanics, their families, and a teenage girl. What the Emperor doesn't know is that the girl is one of the Barbies, a group of investors, movers and shakers, mostly from the future, and it doesn't take her long to decide that the time for Vienna to change has come.
The Barbies don't need guns. They use economics, currency, wealth management, fair labor practices, and, most important of all, image management.
I have read this new release from the Ring of Fire series three times (once aloud to my wife), and it continues to delight. We see the Barbies from the point of view of the down-time Austrians, including the His Serene Highness, the Ken Doll. We see the Austrians from the Barbies' point of view. Very nice people, but mistaken in thinking that change comes in the form of an Ottoman invasion, not half a dozen teenagers from the future.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vienna with Hot-Rods and no Waltzes 11 May 2015
By Kyllein MacKellerann - Published on Amazon.com
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Warning: this is a book heavy in dialog and light on action. Some ROF books are heavy action, some are heavy dialog. This leans toward the latter. The newly-crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire wants a car and he wants a track where he can race it. Enter the people from Grantville and a number of Up-Time (2000's period) mechanics and engineers with more than one Down-Time (17th century: 1635 AD) agenda. One group helps the Emperor with driving lessons in the new Auto-Ring racetrack and small city growing outside of Vienna, one group wants to build a railroad back to Magdeburg, and the third group—"The Barbies" want to save the Holy Roman Empire from financial collapse.
It's complicated but followable and it settles down to being a couple of inter-twining stories that actually manage some action near the end.
Oh, and the Turks are on the move and Vienna is squarely in their sights. While it is hinted at, it is only hinted at and one suspects that there is another story brewing set in Vienna. Oh, and there are no waltzes...outside of the political ones. A good read and once you manage to place everyone, its entertaining.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Barbies Dance into Austria and Take It. 14 Dec. 2014
By Peter Sartucci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I greatly enjoyed the Barbies and the cultural transformation they and their fellow Americans inflict upon Austria. I especially liked the easy-flowing explanations of the economic destruction and rebirth that the American tech causes in 17th-century economies - and the clear impression that this 'ring' of influence will keep on propagating outward, transforming societies across Europe and beyond will-they or nil-they, and with unforeseen consequences large and small. The facile ease with which the Barbies all seem to match up with idea husbands was a bit hard to swallow, but it wasn't key to the story so I ignored it. The climactic bomb plot was resolved very satisfactorily and it's nice to _not_ have wholesale destruction of people and property as a main theme of a 16XX book. The way the earlier cultural exposure via music and movies and other things had 'softened up' the Austrians for the Barbies' conquest was nicely understated but very much evident. I liked it! Also: The little vignette late in the tale about Mike Stearns' conversation with Ferdinand III and Fernando I was intriguing - I really want to see that play out in another book!
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