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.
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A LOT of characters and some history too
I would recommend this to fans of the 1634 universe. This book has a lot of story lines revolving around women, so women may appreciate a look into history and it's alternate path in this series. Virginia is well versed in history, but sometimes the history lessons slow down the story. One of the charms of this universe is the many characters and plot-lines that make it closer to real life and not like a heroic adventure where all revolves around one key character. However, if you get tired of tracking a lot of characters, you may get frustrated trying to follow the many plots in this book. Overall, I liked it, but needed to listen in bigger chunks of time than I usually do to follow more easily.
This is much better than the Ram Rebellion
Guidall's French pronunciation sounds good. His accents for the Austro-Hungarians did not sound different than the Americans.
buy 1635: The Eastern Front
I loved how they gave an Austrian princess a much happier ending in the book than she got in real life.
Boring and drawn out lacked action.