Saint Antony's Fire
by Steve White
Cover Artist: Steven Hickman
Review by Harriet Klausner
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416555988
Date: 04 November 2008 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In the early sixteenth century, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon searches the New World seeking the rumored Fountain of Youth that the natives insist exists in the peninsular he explores. He apparently fails to find what he sought; but instead he discovers a strange craft that appears to have crashed from the sky; a seemingly impossible occurrence for a machine. He returns to Spain where rumors abound that he found something and someone unique in the New World and brought it home with him. Until his death in 1513, he always insisted he found the Fountain of Youth and nothing more. Others scorn his claims simply because if he did why didn't it work on him. From official release/information:
Product Description: In our universe, Ponce de León is remembered for his fruitless search for the mythical fountain of youth. But, in an alternate universe, his quest found something very different—and very dangerous. After his return to Spain, bizarre rumors flew about what he had found there, and what had come back with him.
Eighty-five years later, Spain sent a fleet of ships against England. The English were confident that they could repel the threat—but England's fleet was annihilated by weapons shooting beams of fiery light, weapons which seemed to employ the blackest of sorcery, even if they were wielded by odd-looking beings in monk's garb.
The Queen herself was forced to flee to the New World on Captain Thomas Winslow's ship, Heron, accompanied by her advisor Dr. Dee, whom some called a sorcerer, and an odd fellow named Shakespeare, hoping there to find the source of Spain's powerful weapons. But they would find far stranger matters there than they had expected, such as a grown woman who had been only an infant a year before, and eerie tales of a gate to another world with beings who were not human . . .