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THE ULTIMATE Y2K GLITCH . . .
1632: In the year 1632 in northern Germany a reasonable person might conclude that things couldn't get much worse. There was no food. Disease was rampant. For over a decade religious war had ravaged the land and the people. Catholic and Protestant armies marched and countermarched across the northern plains, laying waste the cities and slaughtering everywhere. In many rural areas population plummeted toward zero. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.
2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia. The mines are working, the buck are plentiful (it's deer season) and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire membership of the 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 small group of armed miners to find out what's going on. Out past the edge of town Grantville's asphalt road 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 lying screaming in muck at the center of a ring of attentive 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.
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Copyright 2000 by Eric Flint.
Originally published by Baen Books.
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.
Cover art by Larry Elmore.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
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The mystery would never be solved. It would simply join others, like the Tunguska event or the Square Crater on Callisto, in the catalogue of unexplained occurrences. The initial worldwide excitement waned within a few months, as it became clear that no quick answers would be found. For a few years ...Back to top
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Reviewed by tkarakashian on Jun 23, 2011
An excellent aternate history tale
I actually purchased the paperback version of this a few years back and never got around to reading it. It got off to a slow start, but really picked up a quarter of the way in. At that point I started requesting more installments each night. Now I'm thinking I'll pick up the other books so I can leave them sitting on my self until they show up on DailyLit. :)
Reviewed by slatham100 on May 30, 2011
Caution! Gateway Drug!
This is a page-turner that will have you obsessively clicking for the next installment. Halfway through, my son informed me that behind "1632' lurks a fan site, wiki site, Wikipedia page, discussion forum, and the Official Site (1632.org) with a couple dozen more novels about the future/past happenings in this alternate universe. Readers beware -- highly addictive!
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