By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis

The Thirty Years warfare keeps to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is collecting strength and effect: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20 th century led by way of Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the earlier through a mysterious cosmic twist of fate. The democratic beliefs of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, powerful ruler of France, who has moved behind the curtain, making universal reason with previous enemies to prevent this new risk to the privileged and robust. however the CPE is usually operating in mystery. a bunch of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice the place their complex clinical wisdom may well hinder the recurrence of the negative plague which lately killed a 3rd of the city-state's inhabitants. even as, the gang hopes to set up advertisement ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then on the peak of its energy. And, most crucial, they desire to set up deepest diplomatic ties with the Vatican, exploiting Pope city VIII's misgivings in regards to the activities of Richelieu and the Hapsburgs. yet a Venetian artisan concerned with the West Virginians could cause all their plans to return to naught. Having learn twentieth century background books of the interval, he has turn into made up our minds to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The americans are divided on even if to assist him or cease him-and no matter if he succeeds or fails, the implications should be catastrophic for the CPE.

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