- Series: Ring of Fire
- Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Baen (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743471555
- ISBN-13: 978-0743471558
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 194 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1633 (Ring of Fire) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2003
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"[A] worthy sequel to the well-received 1632 . . . thoughtful and exciting . . . highly recommended. . . ."
"[Readers] of Flint's 1632 will see its strengths in its sequel right from the beginning. . . . The same formidable historiography, wit, balance (there are few stupid bad guys--well, England's Charles I), intelligently ferocious women, and mouth-watering displays of alternate technology are again on view . . . [many readers] will turn every page and cry for more, which the authors intend to provide."
." . . Weber and Flint take historic speculation to a new level in a tale that combines accurate historical research with bold leaps of the imagination. Fans of alternate history and military sf should enjoy this rousing tale of adventure and intrigue."
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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I find the history interesting and well construed. The what if this then this is great. The people real and three dimensional. I enjoyed the different perspectives & development of existing characters. Not everyone seems to be thrilled with Mike Stearns here without being in outright opposition to him.
NICE plot, puts meat into it, things do not just occur, the why & how is given. Character also grow, & story flows. A most enjoyable read.
Once you read 1633 I would recommend reading he Grantville Gazettes I, 2 & 3 beforee going on to "1634 The Baltic War" as there is some background information in them. If you like the historical aspects of this series I think you will enjoy the "Gazettes" as they also have articles on the reality of the 1632 universe.
Below is a reading order list taken from Eric Flint's website to help you navigate this universe.
Ring of Fire
1634: The Baltic War
(Somewhere along the way, after you’ve finished 1632, read the stories and articles in the first three paper edition volumes of the Gazette.)
1634: The Ram Rebellion
1634: The Galileo Affair
1634: The Bavarian Crisis
1635: A Parcel of Rogues
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories and articles in the fourth paper edition volume of the Gazette.)
Ring of Fire II
1635: The Cannon Law
1635: The Dreeson Incident
1635: The Tangled Web (by Virginia DeMarce)
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette V.)
1635: The Papal Stakes
1635: The Eastern Front
1636: The Saxon Uprising
Ring of Fire III
1636: The Kremlin Games
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette VI.)
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
1635: Music and Murder (by David Carrico—this is an e-book edition only)
1636: The Devil’s Opera
1636: Seas of Fortune (by Iver Cooper)
1636: The Barbie Consortium (by Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett—this is an e-book edition only)
1636: The Viennese Waltz
(Somewhere along the way, read the stories in Gazette VII.)
Ring of Fire IV (forthcoming May, 2016)
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz (forthcoming August, 2016)
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (forthcoming January, 2017)
Only 1 small complaint. The story has sprawled over nearly all of Europe by now, with several main and secondary characters in or traveling to more than half a dozen cities in as many nations. Some of the second tier folks sometimes seem to get lost in the crowd. A couple of times i caught myself asking "OK, is this one of Jeff's friends, or one of the town's good ol' boys/rednecks? Did this guy used to be the mine manager, or is he someone else?" This was the only thing that kept it from getting 5 stars.
But that's a small quibble. The story is covering a lot of ground, and this is a fun alt/history, not high art. If you liked the first one, don't hesitate to pick this up.
Flint's 1632 series is magnificent. I have read four of the books, so far, in order and I must say that, as a Historian, I find them to be about as interesting as a "real" history book. That may sound like damning with "faint praise" but it isn't.
History is alive, it is only made turgid and boring by Historians who cannot write. They publish but the fail to give depth and life to what was a very lively time.
No where is this more obvious than with the 30 Years War. And I think I know why Flint chose this time. It was a time of change. It doesn't seem so, if you read current histories, but it was. It was and is the perfect moment for Flint and his co-authors to "sweep" in and throw a wrench into the gear of time. So to speak.
I have had to read a lot of books on this period in time and Flint has nailed the ability to convey the mishmash of politics in such a way as to not only make it understandable but fascinating.
Kudos, because the entire series, so far, is not about a duck out of water, but creating new ponds and new ducks, to bring the millennia prior to the time.