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1634: The Galileo Affair (Ring of Fire Series)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2006
Having read the first two instalments of the series, 1634 comes as a departure from the main storyline. The novel is set in Venice, and develops side characters from the first two novels in a setting of intrigue and action. Anyone expecting a detailled war story will be disappointed, however 1634 explores the efforts of the diplomatic mission in parallel with the efforts of a group of teenagers, assisted and hindered in equal measure by a mad family of Venetian revolutionaries to free Galileo, father of modern astronomy.

I found the book a fun and intelligent read. I have read a number of the series, and enjoy the variety of authors and styles - as with any series with a number of contributors, some are more to my taste than others - this contribution by Messrs Flint and Dennis is definitely a thread of the series I will be following.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2005
I was so looking forward to this instalment having enjoyed 1632 and 1633. They weren't perhaps as accomplished as the works of SM Stirling or even new boy John Birmingham but they were enjoyable enough, especially if you're a sucker for time travel fantasies. 1634 is dreadful! Flint and Dennis try to substitute intrigue for action and adventure. They just don't seem to have the skill to do so and the 'simple wimple' writing, dull 2D characters and endless repetition conspire to make this almost laughably bad. Seriously, reading it is torturous!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2006
Its not often I get beaten by a book but I found this such as task to read I couldn't finish it. The previous two were action packed but when, in this novel, they started discussing a document to update the Pope on uptime 20th Catholic doctrine, I had to throw in the towel. Maybe it got better, but I for one will never find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2011
I have enjoyed all of this series except those co authored with Virginia DeMarce and this is another romping good yarn with some interesting twists and turns.
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on 5 January 2013
I have read the earlier books in the series. 1632 was a fantastic book. But this was just a third rate historical novel. I just got lost in the plot, trying to work out who was doing what. It has several story strands in it.Was no fun at all to read I wont be buying any more of this series
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on 5 August 2014
I am really enjoying this whole series. OK it's a bit wacky at times but really enjoyable none the less. Perhaps there is not enough blood and violence for some readers but that's OK with me. It all helps to paint the picture of that alternative universe cause by the Ring of Fire.
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on 2 September 2013
I was dissapointed with the lack of continuation with the previous characters and plots,, the storytelling seems to have shifted quite a bit .,
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on 20 June 2015
Excellent book great price & delivery, whats not to like ? sci fi Manc
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