1634: The Galileo Affair (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis

By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis

The Thirty Years warfare maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is amassing strength and impact: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led through Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the prior by means of a mysterious cosmic twist of fate. The democratic beliefs of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, potent ruler of France, who has moved behind the curtain, making universal reason with previous enemies to prevent this new risk to the privileged and strong. however the CPE is additionally operating in mystery. a gaggle of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice the place their complicated scientific wisdom may well hinder the recurrence of the negative plague which lately killed a 3rd of the city-state's inhabitants. whilst, the gang hopes to set up advertisement ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then on the top of its energy. And, most vital, they desire to set up inner most diplomatic ties with the Vatican, exploiting Pope city VIII's misgivings concerning the activities of Richelieu and the Hapsburgs. yet a Venetian artisan concerned with the West Virginians can cause all their plans to return to naught. Having learn twentieth century historical past books of the interval, he has turn into decided to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The americans are divided on even if to assist him or cease him-and even if he succeeds or fails, the implications should be catastrophic for the CPE.

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I still don't see why we have to go right now. ' Billy started to get angry. 'You want to risk getting picked up just because you're getting your ashes hauled? ' The Siderian hooked his thumbs in his gunbelt. 'If you're so scared of the Ocpol, why don't you just get out on your own? I ain't ready to hold your hand. Anyway, what's so bad about being picked up? It might be rough at first, and I wouldn't go out looking for it, but I've been in wars before. ' The Minstrel Boy slowly shook his head.

They'd never stage an invasion. It'd be against all their principles. A. ' Billy pulled a wry face. ' Olad suddenly had enough of being left out of the discussion. ' The Minstrel Boy turned and faced him. 'We just made up our minds. ' The Siderian nodded. ' He hesitated, looking from Billy to the Minstrel Boy and back again. Finally he took a deep breath. 'Yeah, I guess so. ' Carmen sat up on the bed and took notice. 'So you're going? ' The Minstrel Boy seemed to take control now the decision was made.

It might be rough at first, and I wouldn't go out looking for it, but I've been in wars before. ' The Minstrel Boy slowly shook his head. ' Both Billy and Olad looked at him in surprise. 'What do you know about them? ' The Minstrel Boy glanced at Billy. ' Billy looked bewildered. A. ' 'Son of a bitch! ' Billy shook his head as the information struck home. ' The Minstrel Boy nodded. Billy looked puzzled. ' Billy still looked confused. 'I don't get it. I don't get it at all. ' The Minstrel Boy shrugged.

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