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I loved the first book in this series. I also really, really liked the two sequels he wrote with David Weber. However, I have read one of the sequels that he co-wrote with Andrew Dennis and another he co-wrote with Virginia Demarce, and I found them mind-numbingly bad. So I hesitated a long time before plunking down my pennies for another sequel co-written with two people I'm unfamiliar with.
I'm happy to be able to report that I liked this entry into the series, and if Flint does anymore books with Huff and Goodlett, I will buy them without hesitation.
If you are new to this series, I don't recommend that you start with this book. I think you should start with the first book in the series, "1632." After that, it would have been nice to read the books in order of publication, but I can't recommend that due to the inferior writers he has teamed with in so many of them. So, I guess you'll just have to decide for yourself what order you will read them in.
This particular entry into the series deals with a young man from Grantville who is recruited by Russian spies to help them bring technology to Russia. I really knew nothing about Russian society before the Russian Revolution of 1917, so this book provided a real eye-opener into why they NEEDED a revolution. They really had a toxic society, and in the real world nothing much changed or improved for ordinary people for hundreds of years. In the Ring of Fire universe, that is changing.
George Guidall narrates and does his usual excellent job.
I recommend this book.
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I thought I could get this series in order, but between Audible not having all volumes, and the randomness of the volumes, that's impossible.
The premise is wonderful, a West Virginia town transplanted to 1633 Germany, during the 30 years war. You can't follow it in order, because the 30 years war was so fragmented, you study the Pope, Germany, Sweden, etc. all separately, there isn't a lot of continuity.
The characters are well done. The history, I don't know, I haven't really studied it. The suppositions are very interesting, and well done.
George Guidall is my second favorite narrator, and he does a great job keeping accents and characters straight, and helping me move with the story.
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