• 1637

  • The Polish Maelstrom
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A new addition to the four-time New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series from alternate history master Eric Flint.

After carving a place for itself among the struggling powers of 17th-century Western Europe, the "out-of-time" modern town of Grantville, West Virginia must fight for its life against Dark Age domination.

A cosmic accident sets the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia, down in war-torn 17th-century Europe and a new nation is forged. Now when United States of Europe ally King Gustavas of Sweden invades Poland, the U.S. of E. is dragged into a full-scale European war against ruthless opponents. 

Meanwhile Mike Stearns, wily and courageous leader of the up-time West Virginians, has been turned out of office in an election. But, like Churchill (before and after him) Stearns is not done yet. He's determined to stoke the fires of democratic rebellion in Saxony near the main front, and thus keep the young nation he founded, and once led, out of the hands of medieval tyrants - tyrants who would like nothing better than to wipe those troublesome upstarts from the future off the timeline and go back to the bad old days of oppression and serfdom.

©2019 Eric Flint (P)2019 Recorded Books

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An excellent continuation

Eric Flint again has written an enjoyable story in his Ring of Fire series. The only problem with this book is the fact that there’s almost no way you can start the series here and not be totally lost.
I HIGHLY recommend that you go ALL the way back to 1632, the story that started it all, and begin from there.
If you are up to date with the series, you will enjoy this one.

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Too socialist for me...

The socialist leanings of the author are beginning to overpower the entertainment value of the stories... I liked when the earlier books held to the liberal values of the American revolution, but the values that powered the enlightenment are now being eschewed and the stories are starting to make the same stereotypical generalizations that have been the under pinning of racism around the world. The author has talked time and again about nation building and yet fails to understand that what makes nations exist in the first place is a strong shared vision of what is right and wrong and this needs to be a strong enough idea that it supplants the reverence for family kinship in the extended family range. This is why churches and religion have built such strong communities. The idea that multiculturalism does not fatally weaken a nation to the point that it breaks apart is being disproven throughout western civilization today. It is sad the author has derailed what was a fun storyline.

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  • 04-25-19

Better by Flint

Having listened to all of this series I find it refreshing to again know and listen to a solely written Eric Flint book. There’s something that sets them aside from the others. Me. Guidall’s reading is marvelous as ever.

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Lovely

While the whole ring of fire series has been captivating, it is alway especially enjoyable to have another volume directly from Eric Flint himself!

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Another fantastic story!

Another great addition to the 1632 book series that as always leaves me wanting more and waiting for the next step in the journey!

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This book was a great read and great travel listen book. Can’t wait for the next book in the series in paperback and audio!!!

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  • Keith K
  • 01-13-20

Good yarn

The Ring of Fire series has suffered by some very second rate additions. This isn't one of them 😁