Eddie Cantrell, now married to the king of Denmark's daughter, is sent by Admiral Simpson to the Caribbean to secure access to the most valuable commodity on that continent - not the gold and silver which the Spanish treasure, but the oil which up-time machines and industry need. The admiral has also provided Eddie's small task force with the new steam-powered frigates that have just come out of the navy's shipyards. Even with the frigates, a giant obstacle stands in his way: the Gulf-girdling Spanish presence in the New World. So a diversion is needed, carried out by an up-time car mechanic and a down-time mercenary colonel who also happens to be the last earl of Ireland. Their mission: grab the oil fields on Trinidad, and so distract the attention of Spain's New World governors. While the Spanish galleons and troops head for Trinidad, Commander Cantrell's smallest and fastest steam sloop will make a run to the Louisiana coast. There, her crew will wind their way up the bayous to the real New World prize: the Jennings Oil Field. But Cantrell's plans could be wrecked in a multitude of ways. He faces often-hostile natives, rambunctious Dutch ship captains, allied colonies on the brink of starvation, and vicious social infighting that can barely be contained by his capable and passionate new wife. When the galleons finally come out in force to engage his small flotilla, Eddie will discover that the Spanish aren't the only enemies who will be coming against him in a fateful Caribbean show-down.
©2014 Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon (P)2014 Recorded Books
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I really liked this book. I found it as enjoyable as any Hornblower book I ever read. As always, the characters are multi-dimensional, and my favorite couple, Eddie Cantrell and his voluptuous bride, Anne Catherine, are always a delight. Highly recommended!
"Heir to 1634"
How the author tied in some of the characters and events from the Baltic War and some of the offshoots from the Italian series (love the Wild Geese). 1636 Kremlin Games was listed as the next Ring of Fire book after the Baltic War, but I'd say this one should be considered the logical book to fill that role, along with the three books in the Italian saga. I'd add I haven't read/listened to some other offshoots like the Ram Rebellion, Bavarian Gambit, Devil's Opera, etc.
Baltic War and the Galileo Affair, as it has some of those intrigues and characters brought together. Plus, some actual big battles.
Wonderful. One of my favorite narrators.
I don't know if the written version has maps and reference material, but half the time I listen to a Ring of Fire book I need one available to visualize a place, or a real person and their actual history, and the tech (such as the difference between Dutch and Spanish fighting ships of the 1600s).
Before I get started on this book, I first have to say I love this series. That being said, I don't think I've wanted to read another book in this series as much as I want to read the sequel to this one. I couldn't stop listening. I listened to this book in one sitting, and I didn't want it to end. The adventures of Eddie Cantrell are truly fascinating, and I love the imagery that Flint and Gannon put into this book. They have done to the Caribbean and the Spanish Main what Flint and his co-authors have done with Europe and the 30 years war. If you have enjoyed the other books in the Ring of Fire series, you are going to love this one.
George Guidall just continues to produce fantastic audiobooks. This book is done with the same excellence that all of his other narrations have had. This is a five star book all around.
"More, and more detailed Grantville adventures"
Found this a very satisfying read/escape. The amount of historical detail and sheer volume of historical, as well as foreign names forced me to absorb the book at a much higher level than is normal for me. This allowed for an enjoyably easy read and produced the much sought after "Zen" mode while listening. May be a bit much if you need to follow every plot twist and character, but it works great for me! Can see myself rereading this in the future, something I never do!
"Good book, lame narration"
It was pretty hard to follow the book because I was constantly distracted by the narrator's gaspy voice. I think he was about die of emphysema several times.
"enjoyable and fun"
very good plot, wirth my time, but 20 word review requirements torks me off a bit
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