1636: Mission to the Mughals : Ring of Fire

  • by Eric Flint, Griffin Barber
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Ring of Fire
  • 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th-century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, go on a quest for the makings of medicines that have yet to be invented in 17th-century Europe. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident - the Ring of Fire - is beset by enemies on all sides. The USE needs a reliable source of opiates for those wounded in action as well as other goods not available in Europe. The Prime Minister of the USE, Mike Stearns, sends a mission to the Mughal Empire of India with the aim of securing a trade deal with the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan.
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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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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- Gerard M. Ackerman

Pretty good

Nice focus on a non European culture. Granville characters lack development. Most focus on local characters. Court intrigue interesting. Advantages of future tech and knowledge not as impactful. Hope for a sequel.
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- good

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.