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1636: The Devil's Opera (Ring of Fire) Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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Germany, 1636. The USE—the United States of Europe—is still in its shaky birthing years. The mysterious appearance of a twenty-first-century American town (Grantville, West Virginia) in seventeenth-century Germany caused a major uproar, but an alliance with Gustavus Adolphus, the king of Sweden, allowed the displaced Americans to forge a new nation, the USE. But now, a few years later, Adolphus has been marginalized, and his successor, the stoutly antidemocratic Axel Oxenstierna, the Swedish chancellor, is hungry for power and has set his sights on the USE. Byron Chieske, the “up-time” American cop, and his “down-time” partner, Gotthilf Hoch, are concerned that some recent cases of sabotage and murder might only be the beginning of a much larger plot. This is the fourteenth book in the Ring of Fire series, and familiarity with previous stories is, if not essential, at least strongly recommended. Series fans, though, can expect to jump right in and pretty much spend the next 560 pages glued to their chairs. Another engaging alternate history from a master of the genre. --David Pitt
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, 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.
David Carrico's writing career literally began with a cliche. He finished reading a particularly bad novel, threw it across the room, and declared, "I can write better than that." It took a while, but eventually he began selling stories, many of them laid in the 1632 universe and published in Grantville Gazette. 1636: The Devil's Opera is his first novel. David lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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My biggest complaint and the reason the book gets 3 stars and not 4 is that it's about 20 pages too long. Apparently Mr. Carrico believes that there is a great unwritten opera about King Arthur and Guinevere out there somewhere. He spends a major portion of the last third of the book giving us a synopsis of his libretto for this opera. It does absolutely nothing to move the story along and is completely unnecessary even as exposition. The existence of the opera itself is essential for the story, but story line of the opera is not and by giving it to us, he brings the whole book to a grinding halt. It would have been much better to give us the events of opening night without the libretto.
A good read and worth the time, but needed someone to take out the stopping points just as the story was approaching climax.
uses some of the "second string" characters along with some interesting new ones.
This one is a combination murder mystery, fight story, and operatic venture; and rather well done.
There are three main-line characters, two up-timers and one major down-timer character involved as well as a
sprinkling of up and down timer cameos and walk ons.
It's a decent story for all that, even though you can see one of the endings coming a mile away--its STILL a good story.
Would I recommend it? Not to someone who isn't used to the Ring of Fire series, but to someone who is aware of the Ring of Fire story line,
Absolutely! It's a good read and quite enjoyable.
History changed in a lot of ways, not only by the new powerhouse and ideas but because contemporary rulers reacted to the new people. There have been more than a dozen books in the series.
THIS CURRENT BOOK focuses on a short period of time in Magdeburg, the Imperial Capital, in 1635, during a civil war. Although there are a few historical characters (Gustavus Adolphus, his daughter Princess Cristina, etc.) almost all characters are fictional.
An uptime singer Marla Linder is a popular artist who is working with others to bring new music to Germany. Because of a personal tragedy, she takes politics more seriously than ever before and gets involved by singing a translated version of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables. It brings in support from a lot of people and eventually helps settle the war at least a bit and demonstrates to autocrats the power of the people.
Other characters include a tough guy factory hand who is a boxer and a young crippled orphan he befriends and brings home to his crippled sister. They are involved in another plot involving a series of murders.
The story moves quickly, the characters are both interesting and feel real.
This is probably the best alternative history series ever and this is a worthy book in the series. Buy it!