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1636: The Kremlin Games (Assiti Shards #13)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  741 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
A new addition to the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. After carving a place for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia continues its quest for survival. A Grantville resident helps Russia modernize, but he in turn must deal with 1600s Russian culture andpolitics—or wind up dead.

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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Baen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Steve Sarrica
May 04, 2013 Steve Sarrica rated it really liked it
The strongest recent entry in the 1632verse. Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett should be encouraged to write more in this space (while Virginia DeMarce should have her privileges revoked).

1636:The Kremlin Games spends a lot of time educating the reader about the state of Russia in the 17th century and then plunging the reader into myriad political intrigues. One thing is clear, it is miraculous that the wheels didn't come off the Czar's cart until 1917 in the real world.

An entertaining and quick read
Dec 06, 2012 Leisuresuitlarry rated it really liked it
Shelves: 110-in-2012
This is the book that brings me back into the fold on the Grantville series. I liked it so much more than any of the last 3 that I read, and I think most of the credit has to go to Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett. I don't know to what extent Eric Flint was involved in the writing of this story aside from creating the whole universe to begin with, but a lot of the melodramatic flair that he has in any of the mainline novels was missing; happily missing for my part. This was just a great story of ano ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Timothy rated it liked it
In some ways, a better title for the book might have been, "1632-1636: Retconning Russia into the timeline now that the series is moving East", as 1636: The Kremlin Games actually encompasses events from the beginning of the Ring of Fire/1632 series.

But in all seriousness, this turned out to be one of the better books from this series. Considering how quality has been varying throughout (especially the co-authored books), this one is like a diamond in the rough. Personally, I believe it benefite
Hilari Bell
Jul 11, 2012 Hilari Bell rated it really liked it
An alternate history, created by thrusting a modern American town into the middle of the 30 years war, spreads to Russia--if you know the series, that's probably all you need for the plot. And if you don't know the series you MUST start with 1632. However, for those who do know the series...

Very good addition! I should start by saying that while I love the 1632 series, some of them work a lot better for me than others--largely because I'm a stickler for tight plotting, and by the nature of the w
Rena McGee
Feb 24, 2014 Rena McGee rated it liked it
The events of The Kremlin Games actually stretches between 1631 (the arrival of Grantville in Germany) and 1636. Our main protagonist is Bernie Zeppi, a former auto mechanic who is not quite sure what to do with himself in the strange new world that is the 17th Century. He gets hired as a technology consultant by a Russian noble who has been sent by the czar to investigate Grantville. Russia of the 17th Century is about two centuries behind the rest of Europe, and Bernie is kind of the bargain b ...more
"1636: The Kremlin Games" is another fabulous addition to the Ring of Fire series. It is part funny, part drama and did not disappoint.

The Story: Bernie is slowly drinking himself to death perhaps because he hasn't adjusted to being thrown back in time to the 1600s, but the Russians have come to Grantville to find out what is myth and fact about these "Uptimers". Since all the best people are already hired away, the Russians ask Bernie to come to Moscow to help them modernize. Bernie is a drunk
Jesse Mcconnell
Sep 25, 2014 Jesse Mcconnell rated it liked it
Started out good, but the last half of the book was disappointing. It essentially dropped all interest in the characters and instead ran with a telling of events.

Oh, the story was told through the eyes of the characters, but the characters were only there to relate the events.

The book started off with a bang, though! I came to really like the main character. Mike Stearns and the other primary characters of the past books were heroic types - willing to step up and meet challenges. Kremlin Games s
Warren Dunham
Sep 09, 2016 Warren Dunham rated it really liked it
In some ways this book falls short in others its one of the best in the series... maybe third best.

This book goes all the way back starting in 1633 following a dispirited former car mechanic Bernie who feels like the ring of fire is against him. His mother died because she couldn't get medicine she needed to live in the 17th century, he is disturbed by the war he has been a soldier in , and is with out a purpose. Then a Russian prince comes to offer him a job and he takes it coming back to Russ
Edie Folta
Apr 04, 2014 Edie Folta rated it really liked it
The 1632 series is my guilty pleasure. It's an alternative history fiction series based on a West Virginia town being plunked down in Germany in the middle of the 30 Years War. This episode has a plucky young WV slacker who goes to Russia and brings indoor plumbing and hot air balloons. So far.
May 29, 2015 Frode rated it it was ok
The series is uneven; this novel is not one of the better ones in my opinion. This book spent lots of time discussing the social change needed in Russia, particularly the idea of serfdom and liberty. The characters were ok, but not really that engaging. The ending begs a sequel. The book had a few chuckles, primarily due to the Russian-American languages and the typical up-timer/down-timer differences in thought patterns and backgrounds. Some action does take place although one battle seems an a ...more
Tim Wright
Jun 21, 2012 Tim Wright rated it it was amazing
I just finished 1636:The Kremlin Games. Brilliant! You and your collaborators, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlet, have turned out one of the finest Ring of Fire novels since The Dreeson Incident!

As with The Dreeson Incident, the three of you crafted a believable and practical setting for this story. Filled with believable characters with human flaws, desires, hopes, personal and challenging difficulties that make the reader care about them as though they are "real".

I sympathized with Bernie from the b
Ken Kugler
Aug 14, 2012 Ken Kugler rated it really liked it
1636, the latest installment in the series is a knockout. Erick Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett have done a wonderful job of taking this series to a new place and thereby breathing new life into a series that is now 14 books strong and counting.
The main character of this book is a guy named Bernie Zeppi. He is a damaged person for several reasons. One is that his mother died just after the Ring of Fire because the medicines needed were not available to her in the new time frame of the 1600s.
Aug 11, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
This is a great addition to the 163x series (also known as Ring of Fire series or Assiti Shards series). It's not a great place to start - I would recommend reading 1632 first, but after that it stands well on its own.

"1636: The Kremlin Games" starts in 1631, soon after the town of Grantville has been transported from 20th century West Virginia to 17th century Germany. While the other books in the series focus on developments in Grantville and/or on characters who play a big role in the politica
Oct 10, 2012 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
I read the ebook version of novel which I picked up on the publisher's site. Much of this novel I read as shorts in various Grantville Gazette releases; broken up I didn't care for the story line much but as a combined story the flow was much better and I enjoyed it a lot more. The book covers a period of 5 years and sometimes the chapters seem to skip a little but overall I didn't mind the transitions. As with much of the Ring of Fire series, quite a lot happens in these 5 years and I'm not cer ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Philip rated it really liked it
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Jul 20, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting entry in the ever-expansive Ring of Fire series that dropped a West Virginia mining town into the middle of Germany during the 30 Years War. Flint and his co-conspirators (it's not clear how much actual writing Flint has done on this one; I suspect he's been more of a name above the title and served as more of an art director/editor/imperial suggestor on this particular outing) go a little further afield than they've done before, leaving Grantville almost entirely behind to explor ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it
This continuing tale of Eric Flint’s 1632 world follows Up timer Bernie Zeppi, a definite underachiever who was just drifting along in Grantville after the Ring of Fire. When he is approached by a member of a aristocratic Russian family, Vladimir Gorchacov, and induced to travel to Russia to help his family translate and understand uptime information that Vladimir will be sending back from Grantville. Little does Bernie know that he will be a catalyst in a major upheaval in the social and indust ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Kei rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, ebooks
More intellectually engaging than I had really expected, probably partially because I was looking up things about Russia-of-the-time as I was working on the book. This opened a new line in the overall frame of the story, and I enjoyed it.
Feb 16, 2013 John rated it did not like it
Staggeringly dull and dismayingly amateurish. If Flint contributed anything to this book besides a brand name, it was not visible to me as a reader. Instead he seems to have left the matter to his "co-authors". Here's a tip on that: just because someone is fascinated by the question of how one might reverse-engineer a working flush toilet in 17th century Russia (and I mean plainly DEEPLY fascinated) does not necessarily mean they are qualified to write a gripping and worthwhile novel. Some might ...more
May 10, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: alt-history
A fast read and interesting look at a potential major country in the near future of the series. Solid reasons for the character's actions throughout the book.
May 06, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Ring of Fire series of alternative history books is split into two types. One follows the great sweep of the alternative history featuring the effect of the presence of a small group of 20th century Americans on the history of Germany and central Europe. The other feature the adventures of individual Americans who get split off from the main group. This book is the second type. I normally prefer the first type, but I really enjoyed this one. A man who was adrift among the Americans after suf ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I found this one rather interesting. It deviates from the main story line and focuses mainly on one character who is recruited by Russia to help modernize the country and (hopefully) prevent what could have been another 400 years of toil and struggle in Russia. Unfortunately, he brings some of that future trouble with him.

I enjoyed reading about the jump start that one family tried to make to modernize the Russian technology and industrial base and help to make them a player in the "new world o
Nicole Luiken
May 22, 2014 Nicole Luiken rated it really liked it
Shelves: sfantasy, historical
Fascinating alternate history in the long-running Grantville series.
One up-timer saves the Czar and causes a revolution in Russia.
May 15, 2014 Frank rated it liked it
Another fun book in the 1632 universe
Feb 13, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
One of the better novels in the series. I'm wanting to read the direct sequel right now. :-)
Now see, this is how you do a spin off. Kremlin Games is clearly outside the main storyline of the Ring of Fire and includes only small cameos of established characters. But the new characters are appealing and do interesting, important things. Slice of life stuff works in short stories for the Grantville Gazette, but a novel demands more and this one delivers, unlike some others I could mention. It's clearly the first book of a new line set in Russia and I find myself actually looking forward t ...more
Sep 13, 2012 happy rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
entertaining read, but not the best of the series. Like most of the books in the series, it takes place at the same time as the rest of the books. It starts just after the event in '32 and carries forward to '36. A few of the characters, including one of the uptimers are stock villians, but others show growth and change.

I didn't recognize the characters for any of the other books, but then again I haven't read all of them.
Sep 06, 2016 Leelan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know but I think this might be #20 in the Ring of Fire series. Except for the books written by Virginia DeMarce I am not feeling anything like the series fatigue I have felt in other series. Edgar Rice Burroughs and Conan Doyle wrote some great stuff but after a while things got repetitive. Not with the Ring of Fire/1632 series. Every book just builds and builds! It's great!

Susan Baranoff
Enjoyed this more than I expected I would. Another great book in this series. I wish more of them would become available in audio book format!
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Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures.
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