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Product Details

  • Series: The Ring of Fire (Book 13)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638219
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Belasarius alternate Roman history series.  With David Weber he has collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War and two novels in Weber’s Honorverse, Crown of Slaves and Torch of Freedom  Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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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.

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And he writes well, telling the story in a straightforward manner.
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I look forward to the next book in the series and will continue to read them all as they are released.
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From that plot twist, this book started up with a mess that turned into an unexpectedly fun novel.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Snyder on March 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this as an ebook and not as the hardcover.

For the last few books, the Assiti Shards series had been all over the place. It felt like too much was happening in too short a time - a few decades worth of war happened in 4 short years with internal social convulsions thrown in between. I was thinking about giving up on the series.

Then, the last book, The Eastern Front, threw in a seriously unexpected curveball.

From that plot twist, this book started up with a mess that turned into an unexpectedly fun novel. This one felt like a return to the first few books in the series. There are multiple story lines occurring at the same time with many of the usual suspects but without that many new characters added in. It resolved itself nicely while leaving open a handful of story lines to continue in the next books of the series.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By watzizname VINE VOICE on May 2, 2011
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This is really just the second half of a 783-page novel that was judged too long for one volume, so it was split into two. The first half was published as 1635: The Eastern Front (5TEF). It is the fifth mainline volume of the 163x hypernovel, The first four are 1632, 1633, 1634: The Baltic War (4TBW), and 5TEF. You will enjoy all of them more if you read them in order.

6TSU begins with Erik Haakansson Hand's first sight of Gustaf II Adolf (G2A) on his sickbed in Berlin, then flashes back to Haakansson's visit with James Nichols in Magdeburg. In Dresden, Gretchen Richter fills the vacuum in command of preparations to prevent Johan Banér from entering and taking control of the city (and probably sacking it). Gretchen and Tata become the real leaders of Dresden as Banér puts the city under siege. David Bartley and Jeff Higgins launch the `Becky,' military scrip to buy supplies with when their supply of cash runs out.

Ulrik and Kristina arrive via ironclad at Luebeck, and Admiral Simpson persuades them to stay in Luebeck until a suitable arrival in Magdeburg can be arranged. They have no intention of going to Berlin as Oxensteirna has virtually ordered them to.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wills-Starin on April 10, 2011
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First off, the book is good, worth reading and delivers on the promises in Eastern Front. The book is actually far more polished with only ten or so major typos, and only one incident where a repeated passage slipped past the editing. These are minor things that make me think Baen is paying attention to the process.

Flint has a lovely convention he starts using once the action gets rolling that breaks in the moment tension starts to build. Reactions from around the Universe to the events playing out in the USE are welcome, comments about one of the nations toward the end are pithy, and the build outs of all of the other plot lines, help to remind us that we didn't read Cannon Law for nothing and that eventually we might return to some of the other threads in this world.

The main plot line? The characters ruthlessly and efficiently, pull off exactly what they said they'd do if it came to this. All the way back to just before Stearns leaves office, he said this was coming and Flint delivers it all in a style that is entertaining and strongly paced.

Why this missing star this time?
Unnecessary narrative summary is the bane of Eric Flint's writing. There are 5, solid essays in this book, all about who should rule and the eventual rise of republican governments. No fewer than three characters consider these as they go about their business. One can be dealt with, but the other four should have found the waste basket or a small red balloon in the editing pane of Word. Flint is good at blending narrative summary into his works, except that he uses it too often to beat people over the head with a particular political concept.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Admire on September 8, 2011
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As other reviewers have commented, the "1632" series seemed to have lost its way in the past couple of years. In fairness, this may have been in large part due to Eric Flint's illness; he had to have heart bypass surgery done a couple of years ago and was largely _hors de combat_ during his recovery, so he likely wasn't able to exercise the degree of supervision and quality control that a "shared universe" series like this requires.

In his two latest novels, "1635: The Eastern Front" and "1636: The Saxon Uprising", Flint takes firm control of the proceedings once again with the best book in the series in some time. You will note that I say "book", singular. While the two novels have of course been published separately, and are sold separately, I believe they work best as one large book, or perhaps a novel in two volumes. When people complained that "Eastern Front" didn't seem to have much happening, they were on to something; that book was actually intended to set up the scenario for the crackling political and military action of "Saxon Uprising".

The situation at the beginning of "The Saxon Uprising" can be briefly summarized. The invasion of Poland launched by Gustav II Adolf, king of Sweden, high King of the Kalmar Union of Sweden and Denmark, and emperor of the United States of Europe, has bogged down, and Gustav himself is bedridden in Berlin with a serious head injury which might cause lasting brain damage - if he ever even regains consciousness. His chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna, is taking advantage of the king's incapacity to act in what he perceives to be the best interests of his sovereign and old friend by combining with reactionary German nobles to undo the work of Mike Stearns and his downtime and uptime allies.
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