By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis
The Thirty Years battle 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 via Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the earlier via 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 possibility to the privileged and robust. however the CPE is additionally operating in mystery. a bunch of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice the place their complex clinical wisdom may possibly hinder the recurrence of the bad plague which lately killed a 3rd of the city-state's inhabitants. even as, the crowd hopes to set up advertisement ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then on the top of its energy. And, most crucial, they wish 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 come back 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 aid him or cease him-and even if he succeeds or fails, the consequences might be catastrophic for the CPE.
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