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1635: The Dreeson Incident by Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce

By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce

The Thirty Years struggle maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is amassing energy and impact: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led by way of Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the previous by means of a mysterious cosmic accident.

While the previous entrenched rulers and manipulators proceed to plan in contrast new upstart country, daily life is going on in Grantville, town misplaced in time, with librarians, firefighters, and rubbish creditors attempting to make do below strange conditions. And what higher position for an undercover secret agent from France than operating with the rubbish creditors, interpreting twentieth century machines that others throw out and copying the expertise (though he needs one device—the paper shredder—had been left at the back of within the future).

There are extra sinister brokers at paintings, despite the fact that. considered one of them, Ducos, nearly succeeded in assassinating the Pope, yet his plan used to be ruined by way of speedy motion via a couple of americans. Now, the would-be murderer not just has a ranking to settle, yet has additionally selected first-class pursuits: Grantville's chief Mike Stearns and his spouse Rebecca. . . .

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