Freedom and Justice vs. The Tyrannies of the Seventeenth Century
The new government in central
Europe, called the Confederated Principalities of Europe, was formed by an
alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians led
by Mike Stearns, who were transplanted into seventeenth-century Germany by a
mysterious cosmic accident. The new regime is shaky. Outside its borders, the
Thirty Years War continues to rage. Within, it is beset by financial crisis as
well as the political and social tensions between the democratic ideals of the
twentieth-century Americans and the aristocracy which continues to rule the
roost in the CPE.
Worst of all, the CPE has
aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, the effective ruler of
France. Richelieu has created the League of Ostend in order to strike at the
weakest link in the CPE’s armor—its dependence on the Baltic as the lifeline
between Gustav Adolf’s Sweden and the rest of his realm.
The greatest naval war in
European history is about to erupt. Like it or not, Gustavus Adolphus will have
to rely on Mike Stearns and the technical wizardry of his obstreperous
Americans to save the King of Sweden from ruin.Caught in the conflagration are
two American diplomatic missions abroad: Rebecca Stearns’ mission to France and
Holland, and the embassy Mike Stearns sent to King Charles of England, which is
headed by his sister, Rita, and Melissa Mailey. Rebecca finds herself trapped
in war-torn Amsterdam, Rita and Melissa imprisoned in the Tower of London.
As much as Mike wants to
transport twentieth-century values into war-torn seventeenth-century Europe, he
takes comfort in the fact that Julie, who once trained to be an Olympic
marksman, still has her rifle.
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