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When a cosmic accident transports a West Virginia community back in time and space to 17th-century Thuringia, the citizens of Grantville find themselves thrust into the midst of the bloody and savage conflict that history books would call the Thirty Years War. Surrounded by warring armies and burdened by the prospect of diminishing resources, Grantville residents, under the leadership of a council that includes a union leader, a doctor, and a teacher, proceed to turn their new world upside down, beginning the American Revolution a century and a half before its time. Flint (Mother of Demons) convincingly re-creates the military and political tenor of the times in this imaginative and unabashedly positive approach to alternative history. A solid choice for fantasy collections.
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In Flint's novel of time travel and alternate history, a six-mile square of West Virginia is tossed back in time and space to Germany in 1632, at the height of the barbaric and devastating Thirty Years' War. Repelling marauding mercenaries and housing German refugees are only the first of many problems the citizens of the tiny new U.S. face, problems including determining who shall be a citizen. In between action scenes and descriptions of technological military hardware, Flint handles that problem and other serious ethical questions seriously and offers a double handful of memorable characters: a Sephardic Jewish family that establishes commercial and marital ties with the Americans, a cheerleader captain turned lethal master sniper, a schoolteacher and an African American doctor who provide indispensable common sense and skill, a German refugee who is her family's sole protector, and, not least, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. Not, perhaps, as elegant as some time-traveling alternate histories, Flint's is an intelligent page-turner nevertheless. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I read one of the later books in the series a few years ago and was so glad to find this on the free book list!!! So good to read more of Eric Flint.Published 4 days ago by Jillybean
I like this genre so my review might be skewed, but this has been a great read so far.Published 13 days ago by Jonathan D Johnson
Let's face it, it's not that serious an exercise in realistic alternative history. The novel is an excuse to cheer as the heroes--pure, honest, manly, as if taken from excellent... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jacek Dobrzyniecki
A rollicking adventure, with plenty of action, after an American town is transported back into the 30 years war, in the middle of the Germanies. How will they survive? Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Kenney
I noticed that this novel was available on the Baen Free Library and downloaded it to my Nook. Although originally written as a stand-alone novel, it became the first book in a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Feller
A fun alternate history book - I enjoyed the strong female characters and the generally positive note that the story took - despite the rather harsh realities in which it is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate