By Eric Flint
The West Virginia city of Grantville, torn from the 20 th century and hurled again into 17th century Europe has allied with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, within the usa of Europe. So, whilst Gustavus invades Poland, coping with to unite all of the squabbling Polish factions into repelling the typical enemy, the time-lost american citizens need to fear approximately getting dragged into the struggle besides the Swedish forces. yet Mike Stearns has one other challenge. He used to be best Minister of the USE till he misplaced an election, and now he’s one among Gustavus’s generals; and he has confirmed that he’s excellent at being a normal. And he’s approximately to actually want all his army flair. Gretchen , who by no means observed a revolution she didn’t like, has been arrested in Saxony, and might be achieved. The progressive teams which she has been operating with should not approximately to permit that ensue, and without warning there’s rioting within the streets. Saxony’s ruthless basic Baner is set to suppress the rebellion through the generic “kill all of them and permit God type them out” strategy, which merely provides gasoline to the fireplace. So Gustavus orders Mike Stearns to visit Saxony and repair order. yet he makes one mistake. He didn’t inform Mike to take his troops alongside at the venture. yet he didn’t inform him to not, both . . . Praise for the recent York occasions Best-Selling Series:“. . . gripping and expertly specified . . . a deal with for fans of action-SF or trade heritage . . . conflict scenes depicted with strength . . . distinguishes Flint as an SF writer of specific word, person who can entertain and edify in equivalent, and significant, measure.” —Publishers Weekly (in a starred review) “[This] alternate-history saga . . . is unquestionably a landmark in that subgenre. . . . A fabulous instance of character-centered alternate-history, this can be a needs to learn for its sequence' growing to be fandom.” —Booklist (Starred Review) “. . . takes historical hypothesis to a brand new point in a story that mixes exact historic learn with daring leaps of the mind's eye. fanatics of exchange background and armed forces sf should still take pleasure in this rousing story of experience and intrigue.” —Library Journal “This trade historical past sequence is already the best round and every new access appears to be like larger than the former one, a likely very unlikely feat . . . excellent. . . .” —The Midwest ebook evaluate
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He was the only lieutenant colonel in the entire USE army, in fact. The title was not officially recognized in the army’s table of organization. Mike Stearns had created it as a brevet rank when he set up the Hangman Regiment—which was also not part of the T/O. Officially, the USE army had a very clear and simple structure: Each division consisted of nine thousand men commanded by a major general. Each division had three brigades of three thousand men, commanded by a brigadier. Each brigade had three regiments of one thousand men, commanded by a colonel.
Major Baldwin Eisenhauer had a truly magnificent sneer. “Ha! ” “He’s right, I’m afraid,” said Thorsten. His face had a sympathetic expression, though, instead of a sneer. Engler intended to become a psychologist after the war; Major Eisenhauer’s ambition was to found a brewery. Their personalities reflected the difference. “I was once one myself,” Engler continued. “There is simply no way that a level-headed farmer is going to view your script—call it whatever you will—as anything other than the usual ‘promissory notes’ that foraging troops hand out when they aren’t just plundering openly.
So, the USE army had always found it difficult to enlist as many cavalrymen as they would have liked. The new nation’s army made up for it by having what they considered the continent’s best infantry and artillery. Duerr liked to suck on a pipe instead of chewing a lip, when he was pondering something. Mike found it annoying, not because tobacco smoke irritated him particularly but because Ulbrecht was not smoking. Very rarely did he actually fill his pipe with tobacco and light it up. Instead, he just sucked—and sucked and sucked and sucked—on an empty pipe.