1634: The Baltic War (The 1632 Universe)

1634: The Baltic War (The 1632 Universe)

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by Eric Flint, David Weber
     
 

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1. David Weber has written fifteen New York Times best sellers and has over six million books in print.

2. There are over three and a half million copies in print of his New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series, arguably the most popular series in science fiction today.

3. This alternate history series has over

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1. David Weber has written fifteen New York Times best sellers and has over six million books in print.

2. There are over three and a half million copies in print of his New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series, arguably the most popular series in science fiction today.

3. This alternate history series has over three-quarters of a million copies in print, and three novels in the series have been New York Times best sellers.

4. Best-selling author Eric Flint has a large and still growing audience. His 1632, the first book in the series, was a smash hit, with over 95,000 copies sold and an 89% sell through. Publishers Weekly called it "gripping and expertly detailed." Everyone who read 1632 will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of this sequel.

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The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville—the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident—are caught in the middle of it.

Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark—former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the threat to their power that the Americans represent—which are besieging the German city of Luebeck.

Elsewhere in war-torn Europe, several American plans are approaching fruition. Admiral Simpson of Grantville frantically races against time to finish the USE Navy’s ironclad ships—desperately needed to break the Ostender blockade of the Baltic ports. A commando unit sent by Mike Stearns to England prepares the rescue the Americans being held in the Tower of London. In Amsterdam, Rebecca Stearns continues three-way negotiations with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante who has conquered most of the Netherlands. And, in Copenhagen, the captured young USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell tries to persuade the King of Denmark to break with the Ostender alliance, all while pursuing a dangerous romantic involvement with one of the Danish princesses.

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Publishers Weekly

The exciting eighth entry in the Ring of Fire saga, about a temporally displaced West Virginia mining town and its impact upon 17th-century Europe, neatly wraps up two plot threads left unresolved by Flint and Weber's 1633(2002). A mission is mounted to rescue the Grantville diplomatic mission that Charles I is holding captive in the Tower of London (along with an obscure politician named Oliver Cromwell), while Admiral Simpson's fleet of ironclad warships sets off to break the siege of Luebeck in a spectacular display of "shock and awe." While the technology that the modern Americans employ is decidedly useful, Flint and Weber emphasize the effect that the ideas of liberty, equality and the rule of law have, and not just on the peasantry and middle classes. The authors contrast those princes who try to forestall the judgment of history with those striving to achieve a transition from absolutism to democracy without bloodshed. Readers will eagerly look forward to further installments in this richly imagined alternate history series. (May)

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VOYA - Marsha Valance
This series installment covers the spring conflict between the forces of the United States of Europe (led by Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the USE) and the League of Ostend (Denmark, England, France and Spain). Battles occur on land and sea (allowing the reader's inner Tom Clancy free rein), and the escape from the Tower of London is a true Mission Impossible, but the series' logical and illogical results of twentieth-century concepts running free in the seventeenth are not overlooked. As the action shifts from point to point on the war's many fronts-the Tower of London, the naval forces on the Rhine, the USE Magdeburg capital and homefront, the Danish royal court's war-production laboratory, Harry Leffert's commandos versus pirates in the English Channel, the English royal court intrigues, the French cavalry in the Ruhr Valley, the Spanish court in the Netherlands, and the USE embassy in Amsterdam-the reader can track the scope of the conflict with the aid of the maps and the listing of the extensive characters. Mike Stearns, former negotiator for the United Mine Workers of America, now chancellor of the USE, the "prince of Europe," anticipates the rush of developments and channels them toward the emergence of democratic values on the European continent. Some readers might become frustrated at the cast size, but fans of Modesitt and Turtledove will revel in the well-wrought characters, fast-moving plot, historical detail, and thoughtful extrapolation. This book, which follows 1633 (Baen, 2003/VOYA June 2004), is recommended for all high school libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416555889
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
1632 Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1072
Sales rank:
222,521
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.76(d)

Meet the Author

David Weber is author of the New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series as well as In Fury Born and other popular novels. With Steve White, he is the author of Insurrection, Crusade, In Death Ground, and the New York Times best seller The Shiva Option, all novels based on his Starfire SF strategy game.

Eric Flint's impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, including the new novel The Dance of Time, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633, a novel in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring ofFire series.

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1634: The Baltic War (The 1632 Universe) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Another entertaining book in the series. I liked the part set in England this time, unlike in 1633 where I found that part a little tedious. Instead, it was the part set in France which I found a little underwhelming. The parts set in and around Denmark and the Netherlands were quite fascinating. Most of the newly introduced characters kept my interest as well. I'm hoping to see more of Ulrik, Baldur and Harry Lefferts. The Baen CD eBook was formatted OK, but did have a number of noticeable spelling errors
Umbralupus More than 1 year ago
Four centuries of technology and social development dropped into the middle of the Thirty Years war makes for exciting adventures. This iteration of the Ring of Fire caps the intial trilogy begun in "1632" and allows for almost limitless expansion. Good fare with a bottle of wine, bread and cheese after a hard week in the 21st century. Flint and Weber deliver the goods together as well as they do seperately, no mean feat!
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xacto14 More than 1 year ago
this was 1 of the best books i have ever read.
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I am a fan of the alternate history. Flint and Weber have done an excellant job at cointinuing the story of the West Virginians in 17th Century Europe. I strongly recommend this book to those who enjoy an great alternate history tale.
pittsburghpenguin More than 1 year ago
For me, one of the selling points of this series is that characters who appear to be villians in one book of the series have "another chance" in later books to "make good," as it were. "1634: The Baltic War" redeems the character of John Simpson, one of the antagonists in "1632." Seeing history from a different viewpoint---righting wrongs BEFORE THEY HAPPEN---these are some of the truly exciting things that occur in this book. A warning: if you're an ardent Irish nationalist, you'll need a tranq to read certain parts of this novel. <G>
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the baltic wars is flawed but still enjoyable. If you are a fan of the series, you won't be too disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the series, but think it has run its course. Ths book is enertaining, and better than most of the junk out there, but.... The old characters are now cliche's. I've lost track of the new characters. The story line is the same. I have enjoyed the series but think this is the last one I buy, before even more characters are added. And I read the same story as the last one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Baltic War, which exploded the continent into two hostile armed camps, last year (see 1633) remains hot. The United States of Europe, allied with the Grantville, West Virginia¿s tranplanted Americans, prepares a counterattack on the League of Ostend allied monarchies (France, Spain, England, and Denmark). The League¿s rulers fear the democratic wave brought forth by the time traveling Americans, as that would end their privilege and status of power.------------ Meanwhile Grantville¿s Admiral Simpson continues to develop ironclad ships to break the naval blockade that the League of Ostend has imposed on the Baltic. Grantville¿s Mike Stearns begins a rescue of diplomats incarcerated by Charles I in the Tower of London. Rebecca Stearns negotiates with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante to join their side of the conflict. Finally in Copenhagen, POW USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell tries to convince the Danish monarch to pull out of the Ostend alliance even while he flirts with one of the king¿s offspring. As fronts open seemingly everywhere, Europe remains tied up in the first continent wide war to end all wars.------------------- This is an excellent entry in the Ring of Fire chronicles that specifically follows up on 1633 by the same authors thus to fully savor the brilliance of Eric Flint and David Weber in this tale, it behooves the audience to read (or re-read) the previous collaboration first. The fast-paced storyline contains several fronts in which the advanced twenty-first technology plays key roles in the war, but it is a psychological and philosophical battle for the minds and hearts of the people that is perhaps more critical to the cause of freedom and democracy. Obviously relevant, with its emphasis to transform Europe from dictatorial monarchies/oligopolies to democratic societies, 1634: BALTIC WAR is one of the best entries in one of the best ever alternate history sagas.--------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just read an e book copy. Great! Could hardly leave the computer. Can't wait to get it in book form, much better on the shelf than a cd. If you enjoy the series you'll love this.
Eclecticist More than 1 year ago
A comment before I start. Usually I have a low opinion of critics and find most of their commentary to be bombast. So I find it unfortunate to place myself in their company. I have enjoyed most of the books in this series. Unfortunately this was not one of them. In the past the collaboration was very seamless. This time there were obvious transitions in writing styles. In fact at times I had the impression that there were a multitude of collaborationist writers. Not just the ones acknowledged. The characters are much more shallow and contrived than in previous volumes. Almost at a more juvenile than adult level of characterization and depth. It was as if they had been developed in outline, given just enough flesh to stand, and then left to interact with shadows. As for the length of the book. I believe that better editing could have reduced it by a few hundred pages and produced a much better story. As I said previously, I have enjoyed most of the other books in this series. I have also enjoyed most of the other books not of this series by these authors. I would call this book an aberration. Do not judge the rest by this one. Read the others. You won't regret it.