By Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis
The Thirty Years conflict maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is collecting strength and impression: 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 previous via a mysterious cosmic coincidence. The democratic beliefs of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, potent ruler of France, who has moved behind the curtain, making universal reason with outdated enemies to forestall this new possibility to the privileged and strong. however the CPE is usually operating in mystery. a bunch of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice the place their complex scientific wisdom could hinder the recurrence of the poor plague which lately killed a 3rd of the city-state's inhabitants. whilst, the gang hopes to set up advertisement ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then on the peak of its strength. And, most vital, they wish to set up inner most 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 americans are divided on even if to assist him or cease him-and even if he succeeds or fails, the implications should be catastrophic for the CPE.
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Even without the injury, his granite slab of a face would have made him a figure of fear even among his fellow Word Bearers. This was Baelanos, assault-captain and Zadkiel’s private terror weapon. A potent warrior, Baelanos lacked imagination, which made him the perfect follower in Zadkiel’s eyes. He was obedient, deadly and fiercely loyal, all fine qualities in an underling. ‘As do we all,’ Ikthalon interjected blithely. Another Astartes, Ikthalon was a company chaplain, demagogue and expert torturer.
As the flames of war spread through the Imperium, mankind’s champions will all be put to the ultimate test. CONTENTS DRAMATIS PERSONAE ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN ELEVEN TWELVE THIRTEEN FOURTEEN FIFTEEN SIXTEEN SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN NINETEEN TWENTY TWENTY-ONE DRAMATIS PERSONAE The Ultramarines Legion CESTUS, Brother-captain and fleet commander, 7th Company ANTIGES, Honour Guard, Battle-brother SAPHRAX, Honour Guard, Standard Bearer LAERADIS, Honour Guard, Apothecary The Word Bearers Legion ZADKIEL, Fleet Captain, Furious Abyss BAELANOS, Assault-captain, Furious Abyss IKTHALON, Brother-Chaplain, Furious Abyss RESKIEL, Sergeant-commander, Furious Abyss MALFORIAN, Weapon Master, Furious Abyss ULTIS, Battle-brother The Mechanicum of Mars KELBOR-HAL, Fabricator General GUREOD, Magos, Furious Abyss The Space Wolves Legion BRYNNGAR, Captain RUJVELD, Battle-brother The Thousand Sons Legion MHOTEP, Brother-sergeant and fleet captain, Waning Moon The World Eaters Legion SKRAAL, Brother-captain The Saturnine Fleet KAMINSKA, Rear Admiral, Wrathful VENKMYER, Helmsmistress, Wrathful ORCADUS, Principal Navigator, Wrathful ONE Bearers of the Word Let slip our cloaks The death of Cruithne OLYMPUS MONS BURNED bright and spat a plume of fire into the sky.
1634: The Galileo Affair (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis