Rome, 1635, and Grantville's diplomatic team, headed by Sharon Nichols, are making scant headway now it has become politically inexpedient for Pope Urban VIII to talk to them anymore. Sharon doesn't mind, she has a wedding to plan. Frank Stone has moved to Rome and is attempting to bring about the revolution one pizza at a time. Cardinal Borja is gathering votes to bring the Church's reformers to a halt in their tracks, on the orders of the King of Spain.
Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the streets, shadowy agitators are stirring up trouble, and Spain's armies are massed across the border in the Kingdom of Naples, Cardinal Barberini wants the pamphleteers to stop slandering him, and it looks like it's going to be a long, hot summer. Except that Cardinal Borja has more ambitions than his masters in Madrid know about, and has the assistance of Spain's most notorious secret agent to bring about his sinister designs.
I like the series but what I find a bit disconcerting is that the books are being released out of sequence. it's been almost a year and a half since the Papal stakes was published. so much of that book relies on actions that are covered in this book. I just wished that someone too a overview of the whole series and released these books in a logical order.
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Ok so I love this series but there was a weird moment that made me stop and go what the fuck. That was when frank stone causally drops the word Faget. In the middle of a life or death situation when he is facing certain death he stops to describe something as "fagetiest" and that just felt so out of character and off base for frank. It took me out of the story and I'm docking what would have been four stars one star for doing so. Other wise a great entry
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