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1635: A Parcel of Rogues (The Ring of Fire) Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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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 “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 was for many years a labor union activist. He lives near Chicago, Illinois.
Andrew Dennis, in addition to co-writing the New York Times best seller, 1634: The Galileo Affair, had a story in Baen's The Ring of Fire, and has had many non-fiction pieces published on the subjects of law and the paranormal. By way of a day job, he's a lawyer and he lives in Preston, England with his wife and children.
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Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis continue the fabulous series about the West Virginia town suddenly transported to 17th century Germany, smack in the middle of the 30 years war. We are nearly to twenty volumes in the main line of the series not even counting a number of collections of short stories and novellas. People like this series. So do I.
Flint has written entirely or with a co-writer all of the books in the series. Andrew Dennis also co-penned "The Galileo Affair" and "The Cannon Law" in the series.
We left a parcel of characters in England after the spectacular jail break from the Tower of London several volumes ago. These characters include Oliver Cromwell, in our time line a regicide and revolutionary, Julie Mackay-the most deadly rifle shot in Europe and others familiar to us. They struggle to reach safety in Scotland while a pack of hired royal agents try to capture or kill them. King Charles knows who in our time line opposed him. He wants those opponents dead dead dead. His hired parcel of rogues aim to make that possible.
Flint has created a vast cast of characters by now. Many of them showcase the virtues of small town America. His characters have a strong sense of their individual worth and show steady common sense, a desire to advance even under bizarre circumstances and an innate goodness that we like and appreciate. Except of course for the American transplants who have less admirable qualities like invincible ignorance and vile bigotry.
Flint also brings a wide and deep knowledge of early modern history and social structure. The historical world his transplanted Americans inhabit has a strong feeling of reality and authenticity. I learn a lot with every volume.
There is plenty of action, sweet romance and tragedy to keep our interest up. The best thing that I can say about this book is that I look forward to the next collaboration of these two authors.
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)