Publisher Description

The Ultimate Y2K Glitch....

1632 In the year 1632 in northern Germany a reasonable person might conclude that things couldn't get much worse. There was no food. Disease was rampant. For over a decade religious war had ravaged the land and the people. Catholic and Protestant armies marched and countermarched across the northern plains, laying waste the cities and slaughtering everywhere. In many rural areas population plummeted toward zero. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia. The mines are working, the buck are plentiful (it's deer season) and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire membership of the local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.


When the dust settles, Mike leads a small group of armed miners to find out what's going on. Out past the edge of town Grantville's asphalt road is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell; a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter Iying screaming in muck at the center of a ring of attentive men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot.

At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of The Thirty Years War.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
February 9
Baen Books
Baen Publishing Enterprises

Customer Reviews

John T 1960 ,


I was pleasantly surprised at a most enjoyable read for a free download. The author does a good job of giving life and personality to his characters. If the author gets a bit bogged down on the history lessons I can more than forgive him. There were a couple chapters I the book so emotionally moving to me that I actually got a bit misty eyed. I enjoyed this book well enough to shell out the money to purchase his next book in the series, 1635

adorablered ,


Wow! I couldn’t put down this book! The heat indices this week prevented me from going out of my home during the day so I was able to indulge myself with one of the best books I’ve read this year. Read a book or risk heat stroke? Not a problem for me!

Don’t think this is just another time travel book. This book has so many layers addressing anti-Semitic prejudice, religious freedom, human rights, women’s rights...everything we hold dear in 2019. So different from the way people reacted and lived in 1632!

I very highly recommend this book! Love, love, love this author. I want to read more of his books!

Onenuc ,

Wonderfully easy read

I have always been skeptical about alternate reality books. This one creates a plausible method for its existence without stretching credibility.
The characters are easy to identify with and easy to put myself in their place. I really enjoyed the book.

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