By Eric Flint
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE -- AMERICAN variety
1632 And in northern Germany issues could not get a lot worse. Famine. illness. Religous conflict laying waste the towns. in basic terms the aristocrats remained particularly unscathed; for the peasants, loss of life used to be a mercy.
2000 issues are going okay in Grantville, West Virginia, and everyone attending the marriage of Mike Stearn's sister (including the full neighborhood bankruptcy of the United Mine staff of the United States, which Mike leads) is having a great time.
THEN, every thing CHANGED....
while the dirt settles, Mike leads a gaggle of armed miners to determine what occurred and reveals the line into city is minimize, as with a sword. at the different facet, a scene out of Hell: a guy nailed to a farmhouse door, his spouse and daughter attacked by way of males in metal vests. confronted with this, Mike and his acquaintances shouldn't have to invite who to shoot. At that second Freedom and Justice, American variety, are brought to the center of the Thirty Years' War.
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