1637: No Peace Beyond the Line: Ring of Fire, Book 29 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A New Day in the New World
It’s 1637 in the Caribbean. Commander Eddie Cantrell and his ally and friend Admiral Martin Tromp start it off with some nasty surprises for Spain, whose centuries-long exploitation and rapine of the New World has run unchecked. Until now.
Yet life goes on in the Caribbean. Relationships among the allied Dutch, Swedes, Germans, up-timers, and even Irish mercenaries continue to evolve and deepen. New friendships must be forged with the native peoples, who will not only shape the colonists’ future in the Caribbean but will also decide whether they will be given access to a Louisiana oilfield that could change the balance of power.
But for now, the only oil Imperial Spain knows about is the crude pouring out of the Allies’ pumps on Trinidad - which threatens its interests in both the New and the Old Worlds. So, following in the footsteps of the conquistadors, the empire’s commanders are resolved to show that they do not take threats lightly or lying down. Indeed, their historical reaction is to respond with overwhelming - and often genocidal - force.
The battle for the New World has not merely begun; it is a fight to the finish.
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|Listening Length||22 hours|
|Author||Charles Gannon, Eric Flint|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 20, 2021|
|Publisher||Recorded Books, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #92,370 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I read this long-awaited volume about as fast as I could. Now I will set it aside for a week or two and read it again at a more leisurely pace. I often do something along these lines with the books in this series. This huge 688 book gets us up to date with young Eddie and his younger wife.
It is a tribute to the authors, Eric Flint-the series originator- and Charles Gannon that they can create such a wide-ranging book, with at least a dozen significant characters and not just to help us keep the happenings straight in our minds, no small thing, but also to keep us engaged. And turning the pages for more.
At the time covered in this volume, back in Europe, the war in Poland has simmered down but a new, more dangerous war with the Ottomans is heating up. In the new world, Spain owns or wishes to own everything in site and has a lot of imperial power in money, men, and ships to stymie the plans of Eddie and his colleagues. With the situation in Europe in flux, not much in the way of ships, men and cash are available to send to the Caribbean.
The complex alliance among Denmark, the United States of Europe, Sweden, Irish exiles, and at least the Dutch half of the low countries-not to mention various indigenous groups and rump colonies of French and English settlers, takes a lot of keeping straight.
The authors give us plenty of plot, lots of important battles on land and at sea for us to explore and experience. But it is, as always in this series, the characters that we treasure. We have a one-legged naval hero and his quite young wife. An exiled Irish Lord must stay alive, protect his people, find a fortune, and seek true love. Try any one of those and see how easy it is. The Dutch Admiral Tromp heads a refugee band. And more The point is that when something dramatic happens to the characters if they get caught up in a tight situation, we readers care about what happens to them.
The brilliance of the scholarship is handily matched by the quality of the writing, as writing. This book is a pleasure to read, to devour the strings of words on the page. We also pick up a great deal of information about the seventeenth century, a nice bonus for us.
Thanks, Flint and Gannon.
That said, the authors seem to feel the need to have huge meetings with interminable named characters who one can barely keep track of.
The technical ship details of jargon, winds and tides adds verisimilitude but at the cost of adding an undertow dragging at the keel.
Not sorry I bought it
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