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The mission consists of a mixed group of up-timers and down-timers, including paramedics, a squad of soldiers with railroad-building experience, a spy, and a pair of swindlers. On reaching India the mission finds a grieving emperor obsessed with building the Taj Mahal, harem-bound princesses, warrior princes, and an Afghan adventurer embroiled in the many plots of the Mughal court. The emperor's sons are plotting against each other, and war is brewing with the newly risen Sikh faith. But in the midst of these intrigues, the USE mission finds an ally: the brilliant and beautiful Jahanara Begum, the eldest daughter of Shah Jahan. She is the mistress of her father's harem and a power in her own right who wishes to learn more of these women who are free in a way she can scarcely comprehend. When the emperor learns of what befalls his empire and children in the time that was, he makes every effort to change their fate. But emperors, princesses, and princes are no more immune to the inexorable waves of change created by the Ring of Fire than are the Americans themselves.
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By Amazon Customer on 09-09-17
Court Intrigue In Mughal India!
I've read and listened to Mission to the Mughals--you can't go wrong either way. There are many, many books in the 1632 series, but as long as you know the basic premise behind 1632, this book can be read without having to read everything that came before.
Eric Flint chose such a fertile period of history to set his series in that it continues to spawn fascinating what-ifs all over the globe, and now we have Mughal India. The attention to detail is obvious from page 1!
This book would have been a great read if the authors only had downtimers (meaning, the people originally from 1632) from Mughal India, but when you add in downtimers from Grantville and uptimers (those from W. Virginia in the year 2000) it's magic! The machinations of Emperor Shah Jahan's offspring, intertwined with the rise of the Sikh faith and the Grantville mission to procure opiates for use in battle medicine makes for a powerful story. The Mughal characters are wonderfully done and I was so happy to see Bertram, Gervais, and Monique from Barber's Grantville Gazette stories--they are fun characters!
Even if you've only read the first couple of books in the series, this one can be picked up and enjoyed without having to read the rest (although I encourage you to read the entire series). I can't wait for the next book in the Mughal thread!
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By Susan Gibbs on 08-06-17
Not one of the best.
What did you like best about 1636: Mission to the Mughals? What did you like least?
This story is DULL.
What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?
George brings consistency to this story. He has been with the Ring of Fire series since the beginning. His skill at narration breaths some life into a story that is in desperate need of the help.
Was 1636: Mission to the Mughals worth the listening time?
For me,no. This story is one of those you should put down, but continue out of stubbornness.
Any additional comments?
Unless you are a hardcore fan of the Ring of Fire series you may want to skip this one.It brings nothing to the overall series. You will miss nothing by passing this one by.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful