By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis

ISBN-10: 0743499190

ISBN-13: 9780743499194

The Thirty Years struggle keeps to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is amassing strength and impact: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led via 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hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, potent ruler of France, who has moved backstage, making universal reason with outdated enemies to forestall this new danger to the privileged and robust. however the CPE can also be operating in mystery. a gaggle of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice the place their complex clinical wisdom may well 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 peak of its energy. And, most vital, 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 decided to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The american citizens are divided on no matter if to aid him or cease him-and no matter if he succeeds or fails, the implications could be catastrophic for the CPE.

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Ophelia was the woman who had been in charge of the exploration team on Seti IV, the planet where I’d had my accident, a planet now light-weeks behind us in the void. The mothers usually picked up their children after shift. They were greeted with squeals of delight, but few of the children failed to wave good-bye to Pipit and some were reluctant to leave at all. It was Pipit who kissed it and made it well when they bumped themselves floating around the compartment, it was Pipit who hugged them when they needed it most, and it was Pipit who entertained them with simple fairy tales before nap time… Crow and Ophelia still came to see me, but for Ophelia it had become more professional than personal; whatever deep concern she had felt for me on board the Lander had withered as I grew stronger.

There was something before then—not much. I was in a metal coffin with my arms folded across my chest, staring through the clear plastic lid at a jungle of thick, silvery worms that were reaching out for me. Behind them were faces, hundreds of faces. The most vivid was that of the woman who had been in charge of the exploration team below. Another was of a man with a faint smile and sardonic eyes who could see into my very soul—a cold man in a trim black uniform who frightened me more than the worms.

Look at me," he said curtly. " Whoever I was, I was young. You used that tone on boys, you didn’t use it on men. "I don’t remember," I repeated, even more surly. Abel snorted in disgust and glanced at Noah. "I told Huldah it would be no use," he muttered. " Noah ignored him, his eyes huge behind lenses that were so full of scratches they were almost opaque. They went well with the antique spacesuits but not with the highly polished technology of the operating room beyond. "Tell me what you do remember.

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