1636: The Kremlin Games

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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 and politics—or wind up dead.

1636. Grantville has bounced back and established its new mission and identity, but it seems some have been left behind—people ...

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Overview

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 and politics—or wind up dead.

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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451637762
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (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 bestselling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius alternate Roman history series, including, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    No one is expecting a stand-alone novel in an open-ended series

    No one is expecting a stand-alone novel in an open-ended series like 163X but this doesn't even qualify as half of a longer book. It reads like several Grantville Gazette non-fiction articles strung together for the first 320 pages, thin ly disguised as fiction by an ensemble cast of cardboard characters. During the final 80 pages things start to happen but 400 page limit exceeded so hit the stop button!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Great Story Line

    This on takes you further away from Grantville with two good ole boys trying to find the place in this new world since landing in the middle of the Germany during the Thirty Years War. You must read to find out how they try to help the Russians of that era.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    Well worth reading.

    One of the best 1631 books in a long time exciting could not put it down. Well researched Russian society of the 1600's.

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