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The Thirty Years' War continues to ravage seventeenth-century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century, led by Mike Stearns, who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.
The CPE has the know-how of twentieth century technology but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American know-how is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again - a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects.
In the maelstrom that is Europe, even a twentieth-century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis when readers learn of the 1640 Portuguese revolt, a crisis that will involve Naples as well. Another factor: Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are plotting to recover lost Albanian turf, which will precipitate yet another crisis in the Balkans. This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns will have his hands full seeing that it doesn't boil over on to Grantville and the CPE.
©2007 Eric Flint & Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Zeno CM on 04-02-18

Slow start...

This book is GREAT! I do have to say that it is a slow start though. Not as ba-aaa-aaa-ad as the very slow start to the Ram Rebellion book, but slow nonetheless. Once it gets going though it is as good as any other in this series. Of course Guidell is flawless as ever.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Henry Kline on 03-27-18

Love stories?

Mostly a series of love stories with some interesting adventures set int the seventeenth century.

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