The Tangled Web

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Baker & Taylor
Though the Thirty Years War continues to ravage seventeenth-century Europe, history as it once happened has been derailed by a new force: the United States of Europe, an alliance between the King of Sweden and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led by Mike Stearns.

Simon and Schuster
This is a follow-up to New York Times best-seller Eric Flint and ace historian Virginia DeMarce’s 1634: The Bavarian Crisis.  Here DeMarce  follows Flint’s “alternate timeline” and delivers another entry in the hugely popular Ring of Fire alternate history series.   Freedom-loving modern Americans thrown back in time must carve out lives in war-torn 17th century Europe – a time and place that’s got one foot firmly planted in the Dark Ages.     

Long-time Eric Flint collaborator and Stanford-educated historian Virginia DeMarce delivers an intricate web of interrelated adventures in alternate history master Eric Flint’s hugely popular “Ring of Fire” series. A cosmic accident sets the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, down in war-torn seventeenth century Europe and a new nation is forged. 

Now bewildered down-timers and freedom-loving future folk who lived near the “displaced” form the future must learn to weave their lives together.  21st century ideals run head-on into medieval skullduggery – along with a few admirable ancient customs that aren’t going to crumble overnight.  Or ever. Up-timer and down-timer alike fight it out, strike deals, and forge a new nation.  To do so, both sides must break a few mind-forged manacles in the process. 

About 1634: The Bavarian Crisis by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce:
“. . . fascinating reading. . .  . It is especially refreshing to read…how modern ideas of human rights, education…and law might have affected the Europe of the 30 Years War.” —Publishers Weekly 

About Eric Flint’s “Ring of Fire” series:
“This alternate history series is…a landmark…” – Booklist

“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”–Booklist

“…reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis…”– Publishers Weekly

“…each new entry appears better than the previous one, a seemingly impossible feat…terrific.” – Midwest Book Review

Publisher: Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen, 2011, c2009
ISBN: 9781439134542
Branch Call Number: PB SCIFI DEM
Characteristics: x, 516 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jun 21, 2012

I got this book from the library and am glad I didn't spend money on it. It jumps around so much and was difficult to keep a storyline straight. Maybe because I read mainly to fill time waiting for the bus, but it just seemed so disjointed. I usually enjoy the series but this title didn't seem to fit in for the most part. I got about half way through and returned it!! I never do that....

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