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ISBN13: 9780671319724
ISBN10: 0671319728
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FREEDOM AND JUSTICE — AMERICAN STYLE

1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire 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 group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town 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 attacked by 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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The Thirty Years War Meets the American Way

When Grantville, W. Va., was suddenly hurled from 2000 back to 1632, they landed in the middle of the Thirty Years War. But they brought American Freedom and Justice — and modern guns — along with them.

Synopsis:

FREEDOM AND JUSTICE — AMERICAN STYLE


1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire 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 group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town 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 attacked by 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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John DeBlanc, October 13, 2011 (view all comments by John DeBlanc)
The beginning of quite possibly the most innovative series ever. Basic premise, town and all of it's surroundings including coal mines and coal burning power plant get transported to 1632 in the middle of the 30 year war in Europe. High Drama, comedy and sheer enjoyment ensue. Then Eric Flint, through sheer genius and laziness is actually promoting fanfic and publishing it in later volumes. Actually kicking off the careers of more than a few new writers. And what's best? They just keep coming! There are dedicated webpages, a subscription service for the latest Grantville Gazette as of 10/13/11 on number 38! Continuing sagas as well as single shot stories, all around. GREAT STUFF!
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John DeBlanc, October 13, 2011 (view all comments by John DeBlanc)
The beginning of quite possibly the most innovative series ever. Basic premise, town and all of it's surroundings including coal mines and coal burning power plant get transported to 1632 in the middle of the 30 year war in Europe. High Drama, comedy and sheer enjoyment ensue. Then Eric Flint, through sheer genius and laziness is actually promoting fanfic and publishing it in later volumes. Actually kicking off the careers of more than a few new writers. And what's best? They just keep coming! There are dedicated webpages, a subscription service for the latest Grantville Gazette as of 10/13/11 on number 38! Continuing sagas as well as single shot stories, all around. GREAT STUFF!
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FNORDinc, August 18, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
1632 is part of the “Alternative History” genre of Fantasy/Science Fiction.

A flash of light kicks off the plot in this novel. In what is initially interpreted by everyone as a nuclear blast, light blinds the residents of Grantsville, West Virginia. When they realize they have not all been reduced to ash, they step outside and determine that something very wrong has happened, their town is no longer on the east coast of North America. Grantsville is now in the year 1632, residing in the Black Forest (what will later become Germany). They are smack dab in the middle of the 30 years war.

As readers, we all have the same paradox questions. The characters also recognized these potential issues, and they are addressed very quickly (first or second chapter). They came to the conclusion early on that there are only two real theories to work with.

- Time travel Paradox =”The world ends”
- Time Travel Paradox = “Multiple time streams make paradox irrelevant”

As they are all still breathing, they logically conclude that they are in a tangential stream. They have limited supplies, and no guarantee that they will ever return to normal, they could be screwed if they do not act fast. They have an unknown belief/system for the region/era. They do not know the local languages. If they are going to survive, they need to get moving asap.

If they are not going to destroy the future and they will only affect their new time stream, there is no reason they should not fight for survival and the American way of life… Early in the book, it is decided with a vote that the best way to survive is to recreate something that has worked in the the past (the future). They will start the American Revolution early, in Europe instead of the Americas.

Flint does not spoon feed you with information. There is some theory and some wavy inundation of “how are we going to survive” conversation, but overall, Flint recognizes that the reader doesn’t need everything spelled out for them. The exception is when it comes to history. Most people are not fluent in the methodologies or details of key battles in the 30 years war. Neither are they familiar with the political flow and relationships of those in power. These are laid out fairly well for the layman.

Most of the key characters are part of the West Virginian coal miners union, so theory and plans are things are broken down as they would be explained for the common man. Essentially, you do not get too little info, leaving you upset, but neither are you treated like a 5 year old.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671319724
Author:
Flint, Eric
Publisher:
Baen Books
Location:
Riverdale, NY
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - Alternative History
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
West virginia
Subject:
Thirty Years' War, 1
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Ring of Fire
Series Volume:
H170
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 9.52 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Thirty Years War Meets the American Way

When Grantville, W. Va., was suddenly hurled from 2000 back to 1632, they landed in the middle of the Thirty Years War. But they brought American Freedom and Justice — and modern guns — along with them.

"Synopsis" by ,

FREEDOM AND JUSTICE — AMERICAN STYLE


1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire 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 group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town 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 attacked by 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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