By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
Publish yr note: First released October second 2007
The Thirty Years battle maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is collecting energy and impression: 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 previous via a mysterious cosmic accident.
The CPE has the information of twentieth century expertise, yet wishes iron and metal to make the machines. The iron mines of the higher Palatinate have been rendered inoperable through wartime harm, and American information is required immediate to pump them out and get the steel flowing again--a project that might end up extra advanced than somebody expects. within the maelstrom that's Europe, even a twentieth century replica of the "Encyclopedia Britannica" can precipitate a predicament, while readers study of the 1640 Portuguese rebellion, a difficulty that might contain Naples besides. one other issue: Albanian exiles in Naples, encouraged by means of the american citizens, are plotting to get well misplaced Albanian turf, so as to precipitate one more situation within the Balkans.
This bothered century was once jam-packed with revolutions and plans for extra revolutions ahead of the american citizens arrived, and gave each would-be progressive an instance of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns may have his palms complete considering that it doesn't boil over directly to Grantville and the CPE.
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We took over the l and and the factories and got rid of the bl oodsuckers . \Vhen you grow big, never forget that your daddy was once a sol dier and that for four years he shed his bl ood for the commune, for justice. I'll be dead by then, and Lenin too, but our deeds will l ive on through the ages. Whe n you grow up you'll fight for the Soviet government l ike your ol d man did. " Mishka cried, and jumped up on th e bed, mean ing to throw himsel f on his father's neck. But he forgot his grandfather l ying there near him and stepped on his stomach.
I t was some distance from the squ are to his hu t. By the time Mishka reached the gate he was ou t of breath. He drew off his trou sers as he ran throu gh the gate, and, his 51 bare legs gleaming in the sunlight, he burst into the hut. " Not a sound could be heard inside. A black swarm of flies was buzzing around the stove. M ishka ran into the yard, to the barn, and into the orchard, but couldn't find his mother, his father, or his grandfather. He rushed back into the best room where a sack caught his eye .
The sun set, the herd came home through the village, the dust settled after they had passed, and the first pale star peeked down shyly from the darkening sky. M ishka was dying of impatience, but his mother seemed almost on purpose to spend too lon g a time fussing with the cow, straining the milk, and when she went down into the cellar, she s tayed there what seemed like a whole hour. M ishka clung to her like a burr. " "It's not time yet, you fidget. " But M ishka was determined. He wouldn' t move one step from her side.