By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis
The Thirty Years warfare maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is collecting strength and impression: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led through Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the previous by way of a mysterious cosmic twist of fate. The democratic beliefs of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, potent ruler of France, who has moved behind the curtain, making universal reason with outdated enemies to forestall this new chance to the privileged and strong. however the CPE is usually operating in mystery. a bunch of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice the place their complicated clinical wisdom may perhaps hinder the recurrence of the bad plague which lately killed a 3rd of the city-state's inhabitants. even as, the gang hopes to set up advertisement ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then on the peak of its energy. And, most crucial, they desire to set up deepest diplomatic ties with the Vatican, exploiting Pope city VIII's misgivings concerning the activities of Richelieu and the Hapsburgs. yet a Venetian artisan concerned with the West Virginians can cause all their plans to return to naught. Having learn twentieth century heritage books of the interval, he has develop into decided to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The american citizens are divided on even if to aid him or cease him-and no matter if he succeeds or fails, the implications could be catastrophic for the CPE.
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1634: The Galileo Affair (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis