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The Thirty Years’ War continues to ravage seventeenth-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 twentieth century led by Mike Stearns, who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

The CPE has the know-how of twentieth-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 twentieth-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. Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are also 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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  • “Fascinating reading…It is especially refreshing to read an alternate history that doesn’t depend upon the clash of anachronistic arms, but rather on how modern ideas of human rights, education, sanitation, and law might have affected the Europe of the Thirty Years’ War.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Eric Flint

Eric Flint is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling 1632 series. His first novel, Mother of Demons, was picked by the Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He has written a variety of other science fiction and fantasy works, including the Heirs of Alexandria series, the Rats, Bats, and Vats series, and a number of solo novels. Flint is the editor of the Baen Free Library, a place for authors to post entirely free copies of their work. He has also edited a number of science fiction classics by authors such as Christopher Anvil, Murray Leinster, and James H. Schmitz. He currently resides in East Chicago, Indiana, with his wife, Lucille.