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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 ...
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 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
Posted June 4, 2012
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!
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Posted August 5, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2013