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Posted April 12, 2013
Between Turtledove and Flint, some of the most interesting stories ever. Flint (and co-authors') series are a marvel of alternate history. "What if..." is always difficult to get beyond the initial concept, but they have done a masterful job. Based on real people, not all of which are historically well-known, but whose characteristics are, these "could have been" tales are fascinating to me. Not your typical sci-fi, time travel fare, the characters are well-developed, and a good balance between realistic action, intrigue, and the mundane. Papal Stakes continues the series with the known threat of the powerful Borgias (sp) to the Papacy becoming overt. No super-power, the USE still has technological advantages it tries to exploit in a very real Renaissance world, and their survival depends on learning to utilize their knowledge and limited resources in a warring world without much of what we are accustomed to. The history books can only help so much, since they are being rewritten by (fictional) real events. I am (I admit) addicted....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2012
If you haven't read the series then some of the references may not mean as much. Story can stand alone but read the other books. Looking forward to the next one in the series, they can't come fast enoughWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2012
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