- Series: Ring Of Fire
- Paperback: 597 pages
- Publisher: BAEN Books (February 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780671319724
- ISBN-13: 978-0671319724
- ASIN: 0671319728
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 802 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1632 (Ring Of Fire) Paperback – February 1, 2001
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From the Back Cover
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN STYLE
1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religious war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.
2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.
THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED....
When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.
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 multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series starting with first novel 1632. 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 Honorverse series entry Cauldron of Ghosts. Flint's latest Ring of Fire novel is 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.
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The close, work-together-and-never-complain attitude of the translated townsfolk was not so believable - the only opposition was a minor character who was a stranger to the most of the others and who played little role in the tale. The drive to recreate America-at-its-ideal-best advanced so rapidly and with so much cooperation that it was again not quite believable - a Norman Rockwell painting.
Flint uses a huge cast of characters, both fictional and historical, to tell his tale. He does a remarkable job of extrapolating how Americans would react to the conditions in their new settings, how they would impact the peoples of Europe, how both societies would change in reaction to each other, and how individuals would adapt (or fail to adapt). Setting aside the deus ex machina approach to relocating the town, the interactions, reactions, and implications are plausible and well described. The tale moves along at a brisk clip, key characters are given enough detail to bring them to life, and historical conditions are depicted in gritty--and sometimes horrific--ways.
It is obvious that Flint did extensive research into Europe of the 1600s. His characterizations of the society, its mores, and the geopolitical struggles of the time all ring true with what I have read of the period.
A great read; highly recommended.
In the era of the inquisition where mold on your bread could result in being accused of witchcraft, the acceptance of electric lights, automobiles and automatic weapons was barely even mentioned. The story quickly turned into a inter dimensional love story between the hildago and the Jewish damsel in distress.
The final straw was the high school cheerleaders complete with pom poms doing the defense cheer to the 1600's Scottish cavalry mercenaries! yes really.
The best thing about the book was its price, free. Only thing lost was a few hours of disbelief.
The characters were well developed and the coal miners were treated respectfully by the author. (Apparently the author's mother lived in West Virginia and he returned their to research this book. The author has a masters degree in history.)
A Sephardic Jew is one of the main characters. I was surprised by that. (I am Jewish.) There are a few minor mistakes made in the book regarding Jews of the time, but I loved to see this and other Jewish characters in the book.
This is the first book in a series, but the book was not written to be a series. It became so popular that a series was created around it. The book 1632 stands on its own. No cliffhangers. I've been hooked. I've read most of the series ("most" being defined as more than half). I've loved every one of them but this is the best of the lot. I've read 1632 more than once.
Thank you Eric Flint. Great work.
I will say the American chauvinism comes across hot and heavy. But by the end of the story has been pounded into a compromise that will offer I hope the best of both worlds - Monarchy and Democracy. If I get around to reading the other books in the series, I suppose I'll find out.