After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, the modern time-displaced town of Grantville, West Virginia has established its new mission and identity. Yet some have been left behind-people like goodtime Bernie Zeppi, courageous in battle, but a bust in life.Bernie gets his second chance when he's hired to help Mother Russia modernize. Now war with Poland is afoot and Russia is about to get a revolution from within-three centuries early! It's do or die time for good-time Bernie. His task: to save the Russian woman he has come to love and the country he has come to call his own from collapse into a new Dark Age.At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
The latest installment of the massively multiauthor Ring of Fire series (after 1636: The Saxon Uprising), chronicling an alternate history in which the modern-day American town of Grantville is transported to the 17th century, stars "up-timer" auto mechanic Bernie Zeppi, who's hired by Russian prince Vladimir Gorchakov to bring the prince's country up to speed technologically. There's a great deal of charm to the reactions of 21st-century Americans when confronted by things they've only read about in history books, and likewise in 17th-century Russians trying to decipher Bernie's gadgets. Technology's not the most dangerous thing he's brought, though: his American ideas threaten to bring down Russia as its nobility knows it. The politicking and violence touched off by a spark of democracy prove explosive indeed. The story is better than the writing, but the plain prose manages to stay out of the way of interesting characters and a well-constructed plot filled with satisfying measures of comedy, romance, political intrigue, and action.
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The last of this series that I have any time for.
A creative little side mission in this fictional universe. Heavy on the techno aspects, action and more than a little bit of drama and intrigue in czarist Russia.