Book #18 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, and the team behind national bestseller 1636: The Kremlin Games. The Ring of Fire has over 1.5 million copies in print. After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia contend with aristocratic forces determined to keep their grip on power.
When Grantville, West Virginia was transported back to the year 1631 — in the middle of the Thirty Years' War, no less — many things happened. Many opportunities arose. It's said that a rising tide lifts all boats. Perhaps not quite as high as the Barbie Consortium rose, however.
A cabal of ten- to twelve-year-old girls?
They aren't twelve anymore. And they gave up playing with dolls some years ago, when they sold them all and started an investment consortium. A consortium that did quite well.
The Barbie Consortium hits Vienna. In several different ways. The princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, the common men and women on the street have no idea what's about to happen.Neither do the girls, but they're determined it'll happen their way.
About 1636: The Devil's Opera:
“Another engaging alternate history from a master of the genre.”—Booklist
“. . . an old-style police-procedural mystery, set in 17th century Germany. . . . the threads . . . spin together . . . to weave an addictively entertaining story. . . . a strong addition to a fun series.”— Daily News of Galveston County
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
About 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 and latest New York Times best selling Honorverse series entry, Cauldron of Ghosts. Flint was for many years a labor union activist.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While I probably could have dealt without all the Economics of the future/past, The continuing story of the Barbies IS a good read. BUT, enough already, The book literally drags through all this nonsense. What I want to see is maybe, MAYBE instead of continuing to open MORE story lines, with more characters, go back to the characters we love, and tell us new stories surrounding them. It's the 1632 universe, so its going to get a strong rating regardless, but I want to see whats happening in Russia, the Carribean, and the USE proper, even the POPE is a great sotry, thats just sitting there, waiting to be finished... It seems like the last few novels have ALL been a lead into, or an introduction to the future development of these individual arcs, but didnt you father ever tell you to FINISH what you started !!! I give it a solid 3.5 And know that I went out of my WAY to avoid giving away ANY spoilers, (Except maybe that Archduke Leopold, could become either the next Jack the Ripper, or a decent, and caring guy. I'm not sure HOW to feel about him right now.
An extremely good addition to the 1632 universe
I have enjoyed the entire "Grantville" series. The characters are diverse and interesting. In the case of this particular segment the Barbie Consortium are both funny and effective advocates for the "up- timer" principles. For me one of the important considerations in the series is the general believability of the particular situation. In this case I can see the Barbies as being effective in Austria-Hungary.