1636: The Devil’s Opera (Ring of Fire)

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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, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia take on a murderous conspiracy of operatic proportions in Magdeburg, the capital of the United States of Europe.

New York Times Best Selling Series

Eric Flint and David Carrico serve up the latest entry in the best-selling alternate history saga of them all, the Ring of Fire!

It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath.

In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns' wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna's plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE's throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement.

But another plot is underway–this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?

About 1636: The Devil's Opera:
“Another engaging alternate history from a master of the genre.”—Booklist

“. . . an old-style police-procedural mystery, set in 17th century Germany. . . . the threads . . . spin together . . . to weave an addictively entertaining story. . . . a strong addition to a fun series.”— Daily News of Galveston County

About Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series:
“This alternate history series is…a landmark…”—Booklist

“[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.”—Booklist

“…reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis…”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • Series: Ring of Fire
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451639287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451639285
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

More Grantville, with a hint of Sweden

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 29, 2013
By KMacK
This is “Ring of Fire Universe” story and part of the Canon for the 1632 story line. This time it’s centered in Magedeburg and

Fascinating Book in a Great Series

23 people found this helpful.
 on September 27, 2013
By Leonard Wechsler
The new book, Devil’s Opera, is a sideshow to the main story of the 163x universe. For non-followers, a group of several thousand West Virginians in 2000 were somehow transported back to Germany in 1631 and changed history. Although there were a lot of them and they had a great deal of knowledge of modern science and technology, there were too few and had far too little resources to take over. As a result, they made deals with local folk (down timers) and essentially recreated a lot of elements of America within that time. New products and new ideas flowed. They were a key center of the United States of Europe, with Gustavus Adolphus as Emperor.

Wonderful continuation of the 1632 universe!

 on October 21, 2013
By Rodger Raubach
Although Eric Flint is listed as the co-author, this was primarily the brainchild of David Carrico! An outgrowth from many previous Grantville Gazette short stories centering around Marla Linder and Franz Sylwester continues here, and is very compellingly warm hearted.

Flint is a master of the style.

 on January 12, 2017
By Corwin
Eric Flint writes alternate history that is technically factual, you expect that from this genre, but more than that it is textually correct, as though the author was recounting a memory rather than inventing an adventure. I was hooked at 1632, but so far the rest have easily stood on their own. Terrific escapism, highly recommend.

Newest in the 1632 Saga

 on March 9, 2014
By Thomas E. Wheat
Usually after a lengthy series it tends to become a repeat of earlier instalments,no fresh plots.With this book being the 25th of the series,this is not the case.The beloved characters continue their adventure in the 17thy Century,with a fresh plot reminiscent of some of the old crime sagas of years gone by.This was a very enjoyable read from start to finish,interesting,exciting plot,new twist and unexpected turns in each scene.Very well written.Jusst the kind of book I’ve come to expect from many years of enjoying Mr. Flint’s works.Look forward to the next book where Eric Flint and David Carrico team up.

Enjoyable interlude into the 1632 universe

 on November 4, 2013
By John J. Petry
So there are those who love the Granville alternate universe and those who do not. I do. This book is not the best written of the series but it is enjoyable. I enjoy the way Flint and Carrico write even if there are times when I want to whack them upside the heads. As an enjoyable read, I like it hence the stars. But it is not in the same category as the Saxon Uprising but ti is a side show of the events in that book. The long and the short is if you enjoy the 1632 series you should enjoy this book. But if you have read none of the books of that series do not start here. Read 1632 or 1633, or the Baltic War.

Music and mayhem in the "new" 17th century

One person found this helpful.
 on December 31, 2014
By W. Ivey
Read this when it came out in hardback and bought the paperback as a gift for a friend who I thought would find the musical aspects of the story interesting and enjoyable. She hasn’t read any of the series as far as I know, but since it’s a “side story”, and she was familiar with the basic idea of the series, it made a pretty good stand alone book for her.


3 people found this helpful.
 on January 5, 2014
By Henry Bethe
Carrico’s characters are reasonably complete and fairly believable – although why a WV small town would contain a concert quality musician/singer … But this book continues the development of the Culture of Germany as affected by the introduction of 20th century Americana. And does it very well.

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