By Eric Flint, David Weber
The Baltic battle which all started within the novel 1633 remains to be raging, and the time-lost american citizens of Grantville—the West Virginia city hurled again into the 17th century by way of a mysterious cosmic accident—are stuck in the midst of it.
Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the U.S. of Europe, prepares a counter-attack at the mixed forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark—former enemies that have allied within the League of Ostend to spoil the danger to their energy that the american citizens represent—which are besieging the German urban of Luebeck.
in other places in war-torn Europe, a number of American plans are coming near near fruition. Admiral Simpson of Grantville frantically races opposed to time to complete the USE Navy’s ironclad ships—desperately had to holiday the Ostender blockade of the Baltic ports. A commando unit despatched through Mike Stearns to England prepares the rescue the american citizens being held within the Tower of London. In Amsterdam, Rebecca Stearns maintains three-way negotiations with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante who has conquered lots of the Netherlands. And, in Copenhagen, the captured younger USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell attempts to cajole the King of Denmark to wreck with the Ostender alliance, all whereas pursuing a deadly romantic involvement with one of many Danish princesses.
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He had none,” said Jay Kalam. “They knew this might happen. ” “My father was an inventor of locks,” came the absent nasal whine from the cell on the left. “I learned a higher calling. Giles Habibula was not always a crippled old soldier in the Legion. In his nimbler days…” The voice drifted away. John Star restrained his curiosity, waiting silently. There was nothing else to do. In the next cell, Giles Habibula was busy. His breath became audible, panting. ” implored Hal Samdu, from the cell beyond.
It was a narrow, killing sword of intense violet incandescence—not quite a toy! A matter of split seconds. The other men had similar weapons, also ready. But they must have held themselves a moment, must have waited to aim. John Star did not delay. And five men died in the shaft, the three foremost by direct, searing contact with the ray, the two others electrocuted by current conducted through ionized air—the proton gun was not a toy; and John Star pulled hard on the lever, to exhaust all the energy of the cell on one terrific blast.
John Star flung open the door marked COMMANDER, and found Adam Ulnar in his cabin, hanging up the coat that he had worn aboard. For a long second, the tall, white-haired master of the Legion and the Purple Hall stood quite motionless, breathless, staring at the menacing needle of the proton gun, his handsome face frozen into absolute lack of expression. He breathed suddenly. The coat fell out of his hands. He sat down heavily in the single chair. “Well, John, you surprised me,” he said with a short, husky little laugh.
1634: The Baltic War (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint, David Weber