1635: The Papal Stakes


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1635: The Papal Stakes
by Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon

Series: Ring of Fire Series by Eric Flint

Publisher: Baen Books

Published: 2012

648 Pages

rating: 5/5

I have enjoyed reading the novels from the 1632 Ring of Fire series. It is kind of a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur Court series, but set in the turbulent time of the 30 Years War. A West Virginia town is plunged into the middle of the 30 years war. They have to adapt to the times, but more importantly, the times have to adapt to them. It is a time with traditions that tend toward the medieval, but is transitioning to the modern world with the Americas, Printing Press, Reformation. I’ve been listening to a set of tapes on the Late Middle Ages, where the lecturer concludes that the “Modern” Period has only just begun, in the late 19th early 20th century. This appears to be short sighted. My inclination is to place the beginning of the modern period much earlier than that, before the “Glorious Revolution”, and perhaps exactly at the time of the 30 Years War.

It seems like I’ve been waiting a long time for this book [Nearly 6 yrs?]. Papal Stakes continues where Cannon Law left off, covering May-August of 1635 in Italy. It continues from the Pope’s escape from siege, and Frank and Giovanna Stones’ imprisonment. It has two slightly connected story lines, the protection and defense of the Pope, and the rescue of Frank and Giovanna. Continue reading

Fire with Fire by Charles Gannon


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Fire with Fire
by Charles E. Gannon

Publisher: Baen Books

Published 4/15/2013

450 pages

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1805-fire-with-fire.aspx

series: yes? First book?

rating: 4/5

I recommend this book. This story makes extensive use of the hero’s  acute perception to successfully step through mine fields. It reminds me of Ender’s Game, which I read so long ago that I don’t remember much about it except that I enjoyed it immensely and its on my list of important SF books. It is not quite up to that level, but is an enjoyable read nevertheless.

This is a “First Contact” story. After a successful first contact with a less developed race, Earth is invited to join an interplanetary federation. But first, Earth must be accepted by the various factions of the alliance.

The intriguing technology of the story is “cryosleep”. It is used to kidnap the hero into the future, about 13  years, where he is shanghaied into the initial first contact mission.

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Dragon’s Ring by Dave Freer


Dragon's Ring,  book coverDragon’s Ring
by Dave Freer

Series: Dragon’s Ring by Dave Freer

Published 10/1/2009

318 pages

Rating: 4/5

http://www.baenebooks.com/p-1055-dragons-ring.aspx

I came across the sequel to this book first, Dog and Dragon. I enjoyed it very much and had to read this first book, Dragon’s Ring. And I enjoyed this work too.

This story is set in a world cut off from the rest of the “universe” and populated by seven intelligent species, including humans. Each species has a treasure that is held hostage by a different specie, In theory this gives each specie (except humans) influence over another race, and each race is influenced by another race. Continue reading