1636: The Kremlin Games

1636: The Kremlin Games




#14 in the multiply bestselling Ring of Fire Series. After carving a place for itself among the struggling powers of 17th century Western Europe, the out-of-time modern town of Grantville, West Virginia must fight for its life in a war-torn Europe just emerging from medieval skullduggery.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451637762
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Series: Ring of Fire Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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, 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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1636: The Kremlin Games 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
barbgarcia1987 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book as I have enjoyed reading the rest of this extended & branching series. I am looking forward to seeing where they end up taking this storyline.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Russia hires uptimer slacker auto mechanic Bernie Zeppi to aid in their modernization, with unpredictable results.Not one of the better novels in the series, but certainly readable.
agingcow2345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a fun read after a nasty week and I do not regret the price of the ARC. That said, and even as compared to the rest of the series, it is a shallow poorly written dungeon crawl. The characters were straight out of central casting. You get no emotional investment in any of them. The plot was predictable and really goes nowhere. I have an investment in the series and enjoy watching the period research getting applied. So if you are a series fan this is not quite the point where you stop buying new books but the fat lady is doing vocal exercises. As a stand alone book with no prior series investment it is simply too poorly done to be worth reading. Pity. Adding Muscovy was a good idea.
L_T102 More than 1 year ago
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.
Rabiddrob More than 1 year ago
One of the best 1631 books in a long time exciting could not put it down. Well researched Russian society of the 1600's.
wfsch More than 1 year ago
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!