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1636: The Saxon Uprising (Assiti Shards #12)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  987 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
The West Virginia town of Grantville, torn from the twentieth century and hurled back into seventeenth century Europe has allied with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, in the United States of Europe. So, when Gustavus invades Poland, managing to unite all the squabbling Polish factions into repelling the common enemy, the time-lost Americans have to worry about getting dr ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Baen
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The second half of the huge novel started in Eastern front - this one ends very well the main thread from there and of course continues the epic saga of the different 17 century that resulted from the transplantation of Grantville, W Va 2000 in Thuringia 1631; the books breathe new life in a series that was going stale with all the tedious details hashed in the side stories that lost my interest and I hope Mr. Flint will keep delivering mainstream series books since the rest are usually fan-fic ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Geoffrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alt-history, fantasy
For the last few books, the Assiti Shards series had been all over the place. It felt like too much was happening in too short a time - a few decades worth of war happened in 4 short years with internal social convulsions thrown in between. Then, the last book, 1635: The Eastern Front, threw in a seriously unexpected curveball.

From that plot twist, this book started up with a mess that turned into an unexpectedly fun novel. This one felt like a return to the first few books in the series. There
Warren Dunham
Sep 05, 2016 Warren Dunham rated it it was amazing
Ok I really liked this one, the fifth star is a little border line but this was one of the more enjoyable books in the series. It felt more focused like it knew were it was going and went there wrapping up at least more of the threads than normal in this series although it laves room for more problems in the future.
Mike Sterns has just lost the position of prime minster of the USE to Wettin, a conservative who wants to roll back many of the changes made by Mikes Forth of July party. Unfortunatel
Susan Baranoff
A continuation of the story thread begun in "The Eastern Front". Flint and his able co-writers never cease to amaze as they continue to create a plausible and interesting story line of intrigue and survival blended with characters you love and a few you hate. The entire history of Europe is fodder for the "modern West Virginia meets 17th century Europe" historical fiction romp. Not sure how he can keep turning out so many stories I can't stop listening to! Just one more chapter and then I'll go ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Melinda rated it it was amazing
These just keep getting better!
Oct 04, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
Another strong entry in the sprawling "Ring of Fire" universe.

This one picks up directly from the end of 1635: The Eastern Front and pushes the narrative even further into 1636. It's a fascinating series, premised on the idea of what would happen if you took an entire West Virginia mining town and dropped it into the middle of Europe during the 30 Years War.

I particularly enjoy when Flint (and whomever his co-writer is) focus on the overarching political narrative embodied by some of the most pr
Rena McGee
Sep 24, 2013 Rena McGee rated it it was ok
In this book, Gustav Adolph’s cousin quietly investigates the circumstances around Chancellor Oxenstierna’s power grab and the ensuing succession crisis, Gretchen, the Committees of Correspondence defend Dresden, and various other groups, rise in opposition to Oxenstierna’s attempt to take over the government. (And are able to play it quite convincingly that they’re on the side of the angels--because they are--since Oxenstierna is deliberately trying to change the entire system that had already ...more
Peter Salomon
May 17, 2012 Peter Salomon rated it really liked it
Fun alternative history fiction, thankfully without the whole 'Ram' episode which brings up the one drawback to this sprawling series: it's close to impossible to keep everything straight, to know which book to read in which order. Some are close to unreadable (see the 'whole Ram episode' comment in the first sentence) and some are just random tales with no contextual relationship to the main characters that attracted me to the series in the first place. I understand what the author is doing and ...more
May 23, 2013 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I think I need to start reading these books closer together to keep better track of all the story threads going on. I know that there are several different threads going on with both uptime and downtime characters and that the same general group of characters may or may not be featured in books and also that the books aren't being released in true chronological order sometimes makes it difficult to keep the overall story straigh in my head.

I still enjoyed the interplay between uptimers and downt
Ken Kugler
Apr 08, 2012 Ken Kugler rated it really liked it
With Gustavus Adolphus gravely injured, Europe is on the verge of civil war. The "rebels" must contain themselves and let the new Prime Minister and the Swedish Chancellor blow their chances at achieving a takeover. Mike Stearns, known as the Prince, first as a derisive term and later as one of endearment, must navigate a world with many different factions. His ability to navigate he political waters at a dangerous time will sink or save the U.S.E. as it seems headed to the a hard war across Eur ...more
I know I've read "1636: The Saxon Uprising" earlier in the year and loved it. I'm not sure how I missed reviewing it. It features Gretchen Richter as the main character and she does her best to beat the living snot out of... well.. she gets her way a lot.
May 21, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
To date, I hadn't enjoyed the editions of this series that were written only by Flint. However, these two volumes, which I read in immediate succession, as I would advise everyone to do, were very good. The first volume is full of military maneuverings which are given Flint's normal detailed attention and are fascinating. The reinvention of war with new technology and old manufacturing remains fascinating. The second volume is full of political intrigue surrounding the Swedish crown, and is equa ...more
Tim the Wiz
Feb 01, 2011 Tim the Wiz rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Flint has successfully revitalized the 1632 series with this installment, building off the adroitly hinged cliffhanger of 1635: The Eastern Front. The limitless nature of this exhaustive alternate fantasy world can be intimidating, even confounding - a feeling of dislocation is no stranger while navigating this behemoth - but the main-line thread following Stearns and Richter always bring a sense of engagement and focus often lacking in most of the secondary, off-shoot threads. That could have s ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Another excellent chapter in this alternative history. I have always loved history, but reading one that is based on what we know, with speculative branches due to a point of change (in this case, The Ring of Fire), creates an incredibly complex and wonderful worldview. Throw in some truly excellent characters, and it is enjoyable throughout.
Crystal Foley
Never finished because I find the military & political strategy too tedious to wade through right now.
May 15, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of main line 1632 characters highly reccomended
James Willey
Jan 29, 2016 James Willey rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable addition to the series.
Stern saves the empire!
Pope Urban may survive The Borgias.
Peter Schiller
Mar 12, 2015 Peter Schiller rated it really liked it
one of the best books in the serie
Apr 04, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it

More tales from the Ring Of Fire with Mick Sterns and the rest of the Grantville up timers as they take on the Swedish forces under the Swedish Chancellor when the King Gustavus Adolphus is recovering from a head injury and is out of commission. The scope of the story is too wide to cover here, but it kept me reading way too late and disappointed when I finished because there was no more to read. I will have to be on the lookout for the next book now in this one of my most favorite series.
A continuation of 1635: The Eastern Front, this is the tale of overreach, greed and a desire to return to old ways meeting up with public enthusiasm and desire for change that results in less carnage than forecast due to restraint on several characters' actions. The title is a bit misleading in that the Saxons did not rise up, rather repression came down upon them. Definitely not the book to start the series (Eric Flint has a guide to reading the series in the back of the book).
Mar 06, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A continuation from the story started in 1635: The Eastern Front. The tradegy of Gustav II Adolf injury gives Axel Oxenstierna and the german aristocracy a chance to reclaim power. Only restrain from the common people prevents an all out civil war which finally thwarts their ambition. The battle for Dresden demonstrates the advantages f being prepared. The death of Baner is gruesome enough, decapitation by volley gun, in the course of a battle.

Cannot wait for the next instalment.
Jeremy Preacher
Jul 15, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical
Finally we're back to at least solid competence. This isn't a good book - I don't think more than one or two of the ten have been objectively good - but at least it's workmanlike and the plot moves along some. It will probably be the last one I actively seek out, because the conceit is wearing on me by now and the charmingly archetypal characters have become merely flat and predictable, but at least it leaves me on a relatively high note.
Tim Wright
Feb 15, 2012 Tim Wright rated it it was amazing
Eric has done it again. He has taken us into a (semi)fictional world, populated by old characters we've already come to care about, added new characters that we're learning to love, hate and laugh at, and written a stirring and twist filled novel that stands alone and delightfully winds up it's predecessor novel.

Once more, great job, Eric!
Apr 03, 2012 Wink rated it really liked it
Interesting read. It felt like the end of the series until the last few pages. Then Flint left room for more sequels. Many more sequels as I discovered in the afterward. I have enjoyed this series, some more than others, of course. This is in the top five imo. Not a great deal to say except the plot moves smoothly and good triumphs once again.
May 26, 2012 Topher rated it really liked it
What happens when the emperor is knocked senseless, the conservatives decide to take advantage of that situation to throw a revolution, and the (normally) revolutionaries refuse to play along, and instead become the guardians of the establishment? Gustav will need to clean house, and Mike's got an Army (or at least a Division) to take care of.
Jan 25, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
With the King of Sweden incapacitated and the aristocracy in rebellion, the fate of the United States of Europe is in the balance. This is the immediate sequel to 1635: The Eastern Front. It's good to have the 'big picture' characters leading the action.
Steve Sarrica
Nov 02, 2012 Steve Sarrica rated it liked it
Better than its immediate prequel 1635: The Eastern Front. Good intrigue and improving characterizations. The plot, however, was completely predictable. Recommend to fans of the 1632 alternate history universe only. Anybody else would wonder what the hell was going on.
Friedrich Haas
Aug 12, 2013 Friedrich Haas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Prince Ulrik says, it is always a pleasure to deal with skill and competence. This book takes me back to the beginning, a wonderful chess match of politics and war and technology. As well a lesson in present day politics, of the 99% vs the 1%.
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