FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN STYLE 1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy. 2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike ...
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN STYLE 1632 And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy. 2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time. THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED.... When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War. Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.
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Found this series to be interesting and I'm slowly working through the series. The premise makes it interesting, but the heavy union theme is a little disappointing. But there is enough good in these books to keep going.
Jeffrey F H
Aug 25, 2011
This book is the first of a series that will keep you up nights. It will also drive you to start reading histories of seventeenth century Europe. The research done by Eric Flint and his associates has to be considered legendary.
I am and will be collecting all of the books in this Universe.
Feb 8, 2008
Gripping reading, excellent detail
The whole 1632 series is a thoroughly researched alternate history variant, wherein a modest town in West Virginia is suddenly plopped into medieval Europe. Far from being passive, the inhabitants set about making the best of their situation. Don't get the idea that this is like history you learned in the classroom, or even outside of it. While rich in fact and physics (I didn't know about Maunder Minimums -- look it up), the work is also extremely vivid in personality and character detail. Flint (with co-authors of subsequent works) presents us with a vast array of people, each with distinct motivations, dreams, fears, and abilities. Learn their names: you will find yourself thinking, "What would Rebecca do?"
I have not read all the sequels (and the spin-off Grantville Gazette volumes), but my military-and-history-as-well-as-science-fiction-avid-reader husband eagerly awaits each volume. Highly recommended.
Jan 24, 2008
Dropped into medieval Germany the small town of Grantville is going through extreme culture shock, to wit "What do you mean there were dozens of peasant revolts? I thought you all stood around being oppressed and such?". Get a feel for the REAL history of the middle ages, none of that romantic clap trap, but what was really going on, for the majority of people, not just the aristocracy. And see what happens when they discover that revolution is NOT futile. The first book of the 1632 series, wonderful characters, a consistent time line and character path, a great book for any hard SF or History fan.
Sep 24, 2007
An intriguing start
This book and the rest in the 1632 series was recommended to the readers of an online webcomic that I read because it is an alternate history book, and I am sure glad I picked it up. The concept is intriguing to say the least, a small town in West Virginia of the name Grantville is transported back in time into the middle of Germany during the year 1632. This first book in the series mainly focuses on the reactions of the town's inhabitants to their unique situation and how they go about maintaining the ideals of the America they left behind. It's about dealing with the internal struggles of different factions that want to run the town in different ways as well as dealing with the external influences of the native inhabitants of their new home region. The characters are great and the book is good, but really, reading 1632 is important so you can be able to read it's sequel 1633 which Eric Flint cowrites with David Weber and it is a much more fascinating book because it deals with Grantville's influence in the world at large, much more so then 1632. Though this book has some great battles and better moral situations that are well worth the read. Pick this book up.
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