A fun time-travel book, wherein a contemporary West Virginia town is transported to 17th-century Germany, in the middle of the Thirty Years' War. I enjoyed finding out more about this period of history, and the author comes up with some very entertaining ideas about how this clash of cultures might play out. The rest of the series is less entertaining, but this first book is really enjoyable.
I read the free electronic version (from Baen's Free Library) of this, and it's a fun read. There is some death, mayhem, and destruction, so if that'd ruin your fun, don't read it. Warning: due to the slim price I paid for this, I may be biased in favor of it.
A nice riff on what might happen if nearly an entire town with reasonably modern weapons got thrown into the civil wars and such that ravaged much of the Old World. It occasionally breaks off for a quick history lesson, which I liked. If you've read Tolkien, which is very violent in places, you'll probably like this one, or at least, I did.
This book is a fantastic alternate history of Germany- or what happens when the small town of Grantville, West VA, of the 20th Century, suddenly appears smack in the middle of the history of Germany in the 1600s.
I really enjoyed this book but thought it had a few too many characters.
From the Publisher
And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.
2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.
THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED....
When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.