1634: The Bavarian Crisis

Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
science fiction, alternate history
1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Assiti Shards #7) - Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

The CPE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American know-how is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again - a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects. In the maelstrom that is Europe, even a 20th century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis, when readers learn of the 1640 Portuguese revolt, a crisis that will involve Naples as well. Another factor: Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are plotting to recover lost Albanian turf, which will precipitate yet another crisis in the Balkans.

This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns will have his hands full seeing that it doesn't boil over on to Grantville and the CPE.

 

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Release date: 2007
Genres: science fiction, alternate history
Updated: January 19, 2017

Assiti Shards :: Series

Assiti Shards was previously known as The Ring of Fire.

1632 (Assiti Shards #1)
1633 (Assiti Shards #2)
1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards #3)
1634: The Ram Rebellion (Assiti Shards #4)
1635: The Cannon Law (Assiti Shards #5)
1634: The Baltic War (Assiti Shards #6)7.00
1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Assiti Shards #7)
1635: The Dreeson Incident (Assiti Shards #8)
1635: The Tangled Web
1635: The Eastern Front (Assiti Shards #9)
1636: The Saxon Uprising (Assiti Shards #10)
1636: The Kremlin Games
1636: Seas of Fortune
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
1635: A Parcel of Rogues
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
1636: The Devil's Opera
1635: The Wars for the Rhine
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught
1636: Mission to the Mughals
The Alexander Inheritance
1636: The Vatican Sanction
1637: The Volga Rules
1635: The Polish Maelstrom
1636: The China Venture
1636: Flight of the Nightingales
1636: The Atlantic Encounter
1637: No Peace Beyond the Line
1636: Calabar's War7.26
1637: The Peacock Throne
1637: Dr. Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner
1637: The Coast of Chaos