1636: The Kremlin Games

1636: The Kremlin Games

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by Eric Flint
     
 

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A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. A new addition to the multiple New York Times best-selling 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

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A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. A new addition to the multiple New York Times best-selling 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, politics, and women–or wind up dead.

#14 in the multiply bestselling Ring of Fire Series.

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.

War with Poland is afoot and Russia itself is about to get a revolution from within–three centuries early. Bernie Zeppi, former Grantville auto mechanic, is going to have the chance to prove he’s not the loser he believed himself to be. For now Bernie’s task is to save the woman he loves and the country he has come to call his own from collapse into a new Dark Age.

About 1636: The Kremlin Games:
“…a well-constructed plot filled with satisfying measures of comedy, romance, political intrigue, and action.”—Publishers Weekly

About Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series:
“This alternate history series is…a landmark…”—Booklist

“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”—Booklist

“…reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis…”—Publishers Weekly

“…each new entry appears better than the previous one, a seemingly impossible feat…terrific.”—Midwest Book Review

“[C]ombines accurate historical research with bold leaps of the imagination.”—Library Journal

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The latest installment of the massively multiauthor Ring of Fire series (after 1636: The Saxon Uprising), chronicling an alternate history in which the modern-day American town of Grantville is transported to the 17th century, stars “up-timer” auto mechanic Bernie Zeppi, who’s hired by Russian prince Vladimir Gorchakov to bring the prince’s country up to speed technologically. There’s a great deal of charm to the reactions of 21st-century Americans when confronted by things they’ve only read about in history books, and likewise in 17th-century Russians trying to decipher Bernie’s gadgets. Technology’s not the most dangerous thing he’s brought, though: his American ideas threaten to bring down Russia as its nobility knows it. The politicking and violence touched off by a spark of democracy prove explosive indeed. The story is better than the writing, but the plain prose manages to stay out of the way of interesting characters and a well-constructed plot filled with satisfying measures of comedy, romance, political intrigue, and action. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451638905
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Series:
Ring of Fire Series, #14
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
244,064
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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1636 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kDreamer More than 1 year ago
This is a good addition to the 1632 series. It shows what happens when an Emperor or King fails and the only heir is a young girl leaving a constitutional crisis with democracy and the rights of the average person being threatened over the privileges of the rich and noble ones. This series is great at showing how government of the people allows individuals to make huge differences to the whole society. One the other hand if you like learning how 20th century technology can be (or can't be) recreated using 17th century tools this is great as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. needs a better ending or hint that there will be a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book! follows the series story line well, enjoyable to read.