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An Exciting Installment in the New York Times Best-Selling Ring of Fire Series - the Most Popular and Best-Selling Alternate History Series
The Thirty Years' War continues to ravage 17th-century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the United States of Europe, a new nation led by Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. While the old entrenched rulers and manipulators continue to plot against this new upstart nation, everyday life goes on in Grantville, the town lost in time, with librarians, firefighters, and garbage collectors trying to make do under unusual circumstances. And what better place for an undercover spy from France than working with the garbage collectors, examining 20th-century machines that others throw out and copying the technology (though he wishes one device - the paper shredder - had been left behind in the future)?
There are more sinister agents at work, however. One of them, Ducos, almost succeeded in assassinating the Pope, but his plan was ruined by quick action by a few Americans. Now, the would-be assassin not only has a score to settle but has also decided on two excellent targets: Grantville's leader, Mike Stearns, and his wife, Rebecca....
©2008 Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books
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1 out of 5 stars
By Lynnie on 05-03-17

Lousy Story

I'm a big fan of this series and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books up until this one. The narration, as with the other audio versions I have listened to, was superb. The problem was the story, or lack thereof. It felt like I was wading through page after page of pointless family history with so many names I couldn't keep track of who was whom. The driving thrill of the other books just wasn't there. I soldiered through figuring that I didn't want to miss any pertinent tidbits for future books. I hope it doesn't prove to be the waste of time it felt like when I got to the end.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael Kasper on 08-09-17

This book was tedious at best

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone who loves the dating game

What was most disappointing about Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce ’s story?

The story was mostly about introducing new characters and who is interested in who. I about lost my mind trying to understand the interpersonal relationships and why I care.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

George Guidall was great. Not his best work considering his narration of women is not his strong suit. There was a lot of female narration in this one.

Any additional comments?

I would be really reluctant to pay for another book co-wrote by Virginia DeMarce. If they are like this one I'd run not walk away.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Keith K on 12-29-16

Very Poor

Would you try another book written by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce or narrated by George Guidall?

I had read reviews that this was not up to the standard of the rest of the series and thats only the half of it. Randomly introduced new characters made me loose track of what plot there was. This is definitely the result of Virginia DeMarce's contribution

Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce again?

yes to Eric Flint No to Virginia DeMarce

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1635?

all of it

Any additional comments?

George Guidall was excellent

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dr H. Teph on 02-09-16

A soap opera...

Not the best book in the series
It seems DeMarce brings a certain amount of "soap" to the 1632 universe. In this book there are chapters that could fit as a manus for a episode of Emmerdale or something, endless disection of how people are related to each other and flashback to things that happend before the Ring of fire.
Character development are always interesting, but here the story could be improved with some editing, cutting and condensing, to focus and speed up the story, the .... meandering, between the moving parts becomes annoying after a while.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr Alan M Kohn on 06-11-17

George Guidall brings a tale of intrigue to life

Alan Kohn
intrigue, Murder shake the foundations of Europe all brought to life by George Guidall 's outstanding reading

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