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1635: The Eastern Front (The Ring of Fire) Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2011
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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 “Belisarius” alternate Roman history series, including, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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The Invasion goes exactly as planned...by the Poles, not the Swedes.
Then it happens: Gustavus is separated from his troops and has only one bodyguard...exactly as Up-Time history intimated. Only the Battle is different. The Emperor gets clobbered on the head and almost skewered with a Polish lance. He is carried off the field and taken to Berlin for treatment... Leaving Axel Oxensternia in charge. Remember him? He thinks Aristocracy and Monarchy is grand and has been annoyed that his king and Emperor has accepted the concept of a Constitutional Monarchy.
Now he's in charge. Now things get interesting and for once Mike Stearns is helpless to do anything about it.
Okay: this is a decent story and a sort of extended preface for THE SAXON UPRISING. Should have been one book, but both are worth reading. Once again Eric Flint is in his element and once again the 1630's are the time to be. Read it!
The lack of resolution and the introduction of new patterns to follow would be an unforgivable flaw if the author were turning out books in a very liesurely fashion.* It would be annoying even if the next book was certain to come out fairly quickly. However, the next book is _already available_ so it is merely a feature of series books.
As it is, the writing is good in terms of sentences, paragraphs and scenes. The well-liked characters continue to entertain. The story unfolds, if not quickly at least in an entertaining manner.
*Note that I did not mention George R. R. Martin by name.
Addendum: I wish I could give this 4.75 stars, because it *would* deserve 5, if not for the dozen or so spelling errors I found while reading. I've never seen such frequent spelling problems in a professionally published novel, but it doesn't really take much away from the enjoyability of the story.
I'm not sure if it's Baen or Flint, but there are some editing issues. Additionally, his writing style seems to have changed... and not for the better. I found that the story seemed to jump around with little warning. I don't recall his earlier offerings changing locations with nothing more than a blank between paragraphs. Without the editing and formatting problems, I would given the book a five star rating.
Other than the formatting issues and some editing problems, it was an enjoyable reading.