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Product Details

  • Series: The Ring of Fire (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133897
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Flint is the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, the most popular alternate history series today. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633, and 1634: The Baltic War, two novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly, and its sequel, Torch of Freedom. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

More About the Author

Eric Flint is the co-author of three New York Times best sellers in his Ring of Fire alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure. A longtime labor union activist with a Masters Degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

Customer Reviews

Eric Flint's latest installment of the Ring of Fire is disappointing as is the editing.
M. Sellers
Yes, something "significant" happens to a "significant" character (without spoiling the plot as others have done), but that's all the book is.
James Daniel
The time spent plowing through this cannot be retrieved, and frankly I regret reading the book.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By G. Peter Wityk on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was a bit of a disappointment. Flint has done much better work in this series.

First, it is clearly a stage setting book. The amount of action feels less than the other books in the series. People are moved hither and yon according to the whims of a director and a script that we don't see. The stage is being set for the next book ( or two ) in the series.

Second, the narrative drags in places. There is too much expository, too much politics in action and too much dictation by Flint to the reader.

Third, Gustav Adolph was becoming the bull in the china shop which seems to limit what Flint wanted to do or where he wanted to go. The reader may or may not agree with Flint's solution to that issue.

That being said, I read it in one night just to know where the player were going and how the stage would be set for the next book. Flint is not yet at the stage where his laundry lists are interesting reading. But, he is getting there. If you are willing to accept the three caveats I list and want to be ready for the next book, then this is a must have.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wills-Starin on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book starts off with that same, perfect build up formula, those of you reading this review know is an Eric Flint joyride. For several painful books, this series has languished in Dreeson incident and political intrigues, but this is the 30 years war and it is again time to fight some battles. Flint does not disappoint here. He summarizes events for those who might be catching up, but you need 1632, 1633, the Ram's Rebellion, and maybe some of the Italian stuff to get the real feel for this, but the Dreeson incident gets 6 direct references, all couched in language that does not disappoint if you fell asleep during those novels.

*Minor Spoiler, mostly just an expansion on the blurb*

This is Eric Flint's book though, and he's got a ride for you. This is not a three stooges trek, this is a story in four main perspectives that follows the CoC, an Assassination plot, a war campaign featuring newly minted General Mike Stearns (and a new Colonel we all know) and something else that would be a spoiler. There are several other characters handled, but those 4 mains really move this story and advance us several months and several major plot points forward. I'd encourage anyone wanting to read this book to finish the earlier books through Canon law, at the very least, before challenging this, and Ring of Fire one and two, the Gazette 1 and maybe even Gazette's 2 and 3 first.

Why did I give it 4 stars?

Because like many books coming from Baen and even Tor where Weber is publishing, need a better copy editor. The first few sections are great, but while I am not a perfect grammarian, any copy that gets through this mangled hurts the readability of the book. We're buying hardback, please fix this before it gets to mass market or paperback.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Talley on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The last book in the Ring of Fire series was about as enjoyable as swallowing shards of dirty glass. But with Virginia DeMarce no longer dragging things down like an anchor this book manages to bring back a lot of what is good about the 1632 books. Sadly, a few of the old problems linger.

In terms of good there's a lot to like. Mike Sterns is again at the forefront which is great since he's a character that's very easy to make things happen around. Mike's a bit uncomfortable in his new role as a general but he plays it smart like he always does and it's clear that in time he's going to be just as dangerous on the battlefield as he was in politics. Mike's tough solutions to problems are a bit of a theme in the story and seeing his own worry at just how ruthless he was willing to be provided a good and very needed human moment.

As is usual there are a lot of characters and a lot going on. I'll not remark on them all. But while the book does skip around a lot there's interesting things happening everywhere from Poland to Sweden to Saxony. And by fully taking back the story Flint even manages to salvage the Huguenot subplot from the last book.

On the downside I think that Flint isn't sure what to do with Gustav apart from have him running around taking over as much of Europe as possible. This seems a far cry from the very smart man we met in the first book. To be fair Flint seems to be trying to do something new with Gustav but just what is unclear.

The main problem with this book, however, is that it's clearly a set up. While there are some climaxes few things are fully sorted out. That leaves a LOT of things that will have to come together in the next book which is a bit worrisome.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As my long-winded title suggests, The Eastern Front breathes new life into the 1632 series and is also more than suitable penance for the atrocious collaboration with Virginia DeMarce, the Bavarian Crisis and The Dreeson Incident (the latter of which I couldn't actually finish). That said, if you haven't read them prior to this, DON'T. Flint includes entirely suitable precises to incorporate any vital information from them into the Eastern Front.

Honestly, because of those needless books, this series was on its last chance with me. If I hadn't so thoroughly enjoyed the Baltic War. That said, Flint was back in fine form. It inspired an "AGHH! There isn't enough book!" feeling for me I haven't had with this series since 1633. Flint does leave you craving more and I now eagerly await the Saxon Uprising
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