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.
THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED....
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.
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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
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read with some fun characters and an overall interesting setting. The writing is pretty good and the integration of historical fact is really well done. Gave me a really good springboard into the 30 Years War, which I knew very little about.
One thing that kind of bothered me was that sometimes Flint would be building to a zinger or implied answer within the book, but it would take too much build up before revealing what it was he’s been referencing with vague terms for the past three pages. That’s a minor complaint though, perhaps I’m just impatient.
I couldn’t put this book down. It is full of great action and amazing characters.