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1637: The Polish Maelstrom (Ring of Fire) by…
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1637: The Polish Maelstrom (Ring of Fire)

by Eric Flint

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"The Ottoman Empire has captured Vienna and is now laying siege to the Austrian government in exile. Both the United States of Europe and the Kingdom of Bohemia have come to Austria's assistance but everyone knows it is going to be a long, brutal struggle. General Mike Stearns proposes opening up a second front in the Levant which the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus approves. Meanwhile, Poland is coming to a boil. Gretchen Richter, newly elected chancellor of Saxony has seized control of Lower Silesia and plans to form an alliance with the Polish revolutionaries. And the Bohemians send an army led by Morris Roth to aid them as well. Additionally, Mike Stearns send an army division under the command of Jeff Higgins to reinforce his wife Gretchen in Silesia. The maelstrom grows. Will it drag all the displaced Americans and their allies down with it?"--… (more)

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A splendid addition to this excellent and sustaining series. Your vocabulary and sense of history about things Polish are about to expand. Europe at this time is a chessboard filled with Queens, King, knights, castles, and pawns plotting and making moves that will produce a different history than the one we know...The politics of empire, kingdom and state building provide Flint with opportunity for a nudge here and a twitch there that will reverberate down the years. His knowledge of the history and its players enable him to produce a new symphony from its former notes. ( )
  jamespurcell | May 4, 2019 |
A solid entry in the long-running, wide-ranging Ring of Fire series. The focus this time is on the east, Poland and environs. There's a lot going on, and a lot of characters to keep track of, but Flint ably keeps all of the balls in the air. Some military action, and a lot of political and military maneuvering makes for a lively story.

Not a good place to start, but fans of the series will definitely want to read this. ( )
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