1634: The Bavarian Crisis (The Ring of Fire)
by Eric Flint & Virginia DeMarce
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416542537
Date: 02 October 2007 List Price $26.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The saga of the little West Virginia town of Grantville swept back to the 17th century continues. As the forces of the United States of Europe fight the forces of France, Denmark, England and Spain in the North and West; not all is quiet on the Eastern front. Maria Anna, the archduchess of Austria is sent to wed a widowed Duke Maximilian of Bavaria. He is much older and not really interested in marrying again. From official release/information:
Book Description: The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between 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.
The CPE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American know-how is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again-a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects. In the maelstrom that is Europe, even a 20th century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis, when readers learn of the 1640 Portuguese revolt, a crisis that will involve Naples as well. Another factor: Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are plotting to recover lost Albanian turf, which will precipitate yet another crisis in the Balkans.
This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns will have his hands full seeing that it doesn't boil over on to Grantville and the CPE.