By David Weber, Eric Flint, Dru Blair,

American Freedom and Justice vs. The Tyrannies of the 17th Century the hot executive in imperative Europe, referred to as the Confederated Principalities of Europe, used to be shaped by means of 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 hot regime is shaky. outdoor its borders, the Thirty Years struggle maintains to rage. inside, it really is beset by way of monetary obstacle in addition to the political and social tensions among the democratic beliefs of the 20th-century americans and the aristocracy which maintains 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 that allows you 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 warfare in ecu background is ready to erupt. love it or no longer, Gustavus Adolphus should depend on Mike Stearns and the technical wizardry of his obstreperous american citizens to save lots of the King of Sweden from spoil. stuck within the conflagration are American diplomatic missions overseas: Rebecca Stearns' project to France and Holland, and the embassy which Mike Stearns despatched to King Charles of britain headed via his sister Rita and Melissa Mailey. Rebecca reveals herself trapped in war-torn Amsterdam; Rita and Melissa, imprisoned within the Tower of London. and masses as Mike desires to shipping 20th-century values into war-torn 17th-century Europe via candy cause, nonetheless he reveals convenience within the incontrovertible fact that Julie, who as soon as expert to be an Olympic marksman, nonetheless has her rifle...

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The only difference between Chicago's street gang leaders and Germany's noblemen is that the gang leaders are generally smarter and the noblemen are generally more treacherous. " Silence fell in the room. James' face was still tight with concern, but, after a moment, Mike realized that the man's concern had moved from general affairs to the point nearest to his heart. "I'll send word as soon as I hear from her," Mike said softly. "She'll be all right, James. I gave Rita and Melissa enough money to hire a big ship.

A new "Freedom Arches" had been erected just outside the boundaries of Leipzig, the nearest big city in Saxony. Much to the displeasure of John George, the prince of Saxony, who had immediately complained to Gustav Adolf. But the king of Sweden, who was also the emperor of the Confederated Principalities of Europe, had refused to direct its dismantling. Gustav had his own reservations—to put it mildly—about the Committees of Correspondence. But he was no fool, and had learned the principle of keeping aristocrats under a tight rein from his own Vasa dynasty's history.

James' face was still tight with concern, but, after a moment, Mike realized that the man's concern had moved from general affairs to the point nearest to his heart. "I'll send word as soon as I hear from her," Mike said softly. "She'll be all right, James. I gave Rita and Melissa enough money to hire a big ship. " James smiled. Julie Sims—Julie Mackay, now, since her marriage to a Scot cavalry officer in Gustav Adolf's army—was the best rifle shot anyone had ever met. And whatever James and Mike thought of John Simpson, both of them approved highly of Simpson's son Tom, who had married Mike's sister on the same day the Ring of Fire changed their entire world.

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