By David Weber, Eric Flint, Dru Blair,

ISBN-10: 0743435427

ISBN-13: 9780743435420

American Freedom and Justice vs. The Tyrannies of the 17th Century the hot govt in important Europe, known as the Confederated Principalities of Europe, was once shaped via an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians led through Mike Stearns who have been transplanted into 17th-century Germany via a mysterious cosmic coincidence. the recent regime is shaky. open air its borders, the Thirty Years warfare maintains to rage. inside, it's beset by way of monetary predicament in addition to the political and social tensions among the democratic beliefs of the 20th-century american citizens and the aristocracy which keeps to rule the roost within the CPE as all over in Europe. Worst of all, the CPE has aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, the potent ruler of France. Richelieu has created the League of Ostend with a purpose to strike on the weakest hyperlink within the CPE's armorits dependence at the Baltic because the lifeline among Gustav Adolf's Sweden and the remainder of his realm. the best naval conflict in ecu heritage is set to erupt. love it or no longer, Gustavus Adolphus must depend upon Mike Stearns and the technical wizardry of his obstreperous american citizens to save lots of the King of Sweden from smash. stuck within the conflagration are American diplomatic missions in another country: Rebecca Stearns' project to France and Holland, and the embassy which Mike Stearns despatched to King Charles of britain headed by way of his sister Rita and Melissa Mailey. Rebecca unearths herself trapped in war-torn Amsterdam; Rita and Melissa, imprisoned within the Tower of London. and masses as Mike desires to delivery 20th-century values into war-torn 17th-century Europe through candy cause, nonetheless he reveals convenience within the proven fact that Julie, who as soon as proficient to be an Olympic marksman, nonetheless has her rifle...

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Like the petty baron Freiherr von Bleckede. A part of Simpson actually sympathized with the man, not that it made him any happier about Eddie's news. "I take it Mr. " he said after a moment. "It doesn't sound like he's going to be able to," Eddie agreed. He made a face. "Sounds to me like von Bleckede doesn't much care for us. " "I'm not surprised," Simpson observed. " He smiled blandly as an expression of outrage flickered across Eddie's face. He considered enlarging upon his theme. It wouldn't do a bit of harm to remind Eddie that the pre-Ring of Fire establishment had a huge number of reasons to resent and fear the upheavals in the process of tearing the status quo apart.

It won't do us any good to manufacture the armor if we can't attach it to the hulls! " Davis nodded, and Simpson turned to Eddie. "As for you, Lieutenant. According to Dietrich, there's a problem with the port gun mounts in Number Three. He's not certain what it is. I'd like you to check with the crew foreman and see what you can find out. If you can deal with it yourself, do so. If you need some additional assistance, I'm sure Mr. " "Yes, sir," Eddie said. " "Good. " Davis nodded, and Eddie came to attention—or, at least, Simpson decided, closer to it than usual—and the two of them turned and headed for the door.

The soft whine of the drill bit making bolt holes in the steel was lost in the general racket. Simpson stood for a moment, watching, then nodded in satisfaction and continued toward his dockside office. It was nestled between two of the slipways, in the very shadow of the gaunt, slab-sided structures looming above it. They were ugly, unfinished, and raw, and even when they were completed, no one would ever call them graceful. But that was fine with John Simpson. Because once they were finished, they were going to be something far more important than graceful.

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