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1634: The Baltic War (The Ring of Fire) (2007 original; edició 2008)
de David Weber, Eric Flint
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1634: The Baltic War de David Weber (2007)
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This is the 3rd in the series and I actually connected better with this one than the 1st 2; excellent development of plot and characters; drawn together nicley as well as good set up for future books. good good story.
The third novel in the 1632 series started by Eric Flint. The series has become a collaborative effect with a number of people writing stories set in Flint's alternate universe. The novels are very long, detailed, and contain large doses of history although, with each novel, the Europe here diverges more and more from the one we know. This one has a great deal of flying in it as the "up-timers" continue to build an air force. There are battles on land and sea as well. Not for everyone but I'm on the lookout for the next one in the series.
The Baltic War is pretty much straight military-historical fiction, with of course the "up-time" twist. There are some fun characters (Prince Ulrik is quite the charmer) and I think the comparative focus helped it avoid some of the tediousness of Weber and Flint's prior effort in the series. (That being said, this is not a series to pick up if infodumps bug you. There's at least one staid history textbook wedged between the pages of the series as a whole.)
I didn't really care for the England stuff, and felt it wrapped up a little too neatly to be believable, but Weber overwhelming naval superiority is definitely a good time.
A very light hearted and entertaining book. The characters are fun and interesting as is the storyline.
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The time-traveling Americans from the West Virginia town of Grantville find themselves caught in the middle of the Baltic War, with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, launching a counterattack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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With a few thousand Americans and their books and other possessions all impacting the world around them everything changes. Every kind or noble person has by now read the histories and know what will happen, or could happen or is likely to happen, and they are all plotting to change the outcome.
People are prisoned for things they would have done in the future, others are promoted for the same reason, and we get to follow Denmark, England and to a degree France and the Netherlands all trying to grab a position in the world shaped by the ring of fire and the United States of Europe.
It's all a bit much. I see why the upcoming books split into different threads because this is not the way to tell a story. Still, it's a fascinating world, and it's equally fascinating how we could all be the most educated people in the world 400 years ago. Everything is relative.
I think I will continue reading the series, but for the world building and the scenes where humanity makes major leaps, not for the history lessons which are either already well known to me, or not known because they are not that interesting. ( )