1635: The Dreeson Incident by Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce

By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce

The Thirty Years struggle maintains to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is accumulating energy and impact: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century led by means of Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the previous via a mysterious cosmic accident.

While the outdated entrenched rulers and manipulators proceed to plan by contrast new upstart kingdom, lifestyle is going on in Grantville, town misplaced in time, with librarians, firefighters, and rubbish creditors attempting to make do lower than strange conditions. And what larger position for an undercover secret agent from France than operating with the rubbish creditors, studying twentieth century machines that others throw out and copying the know-how (though he needs one device—the paper shredder—had been left at the back of within the future).

There are extra sinister brokers at paintings, even if. one in all them, Ducos, virtually succeeded in assassinating the Pope, yet his plan used to be ruined by means of speedy motion by way of a couple of americans. Now, the would-be murderer not just has a rating to settle, yet has additionally selected first-class ambitions: Grantville's chief Mike Stearns and his spouse Rebecca. . . .

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Like maybe try to end the war? Or do you just plan to complain and complain and complain? " Ron asked Artemisia Gentileschi. " She twisted her lips. "Joachim is far more gently born than I, to be sure. The family was Walloon, certainly one of the more prominent commoner lineages in Hainaut. His father was—is, if he is still alive, but I haven't heard recently—a merchant. Very wealthy, but still a merchant. His mother was from a merchant family, also. Joachim's a cousin of Michel le Blon. Still, even in Frankfurt Laurentius Sandrart achieved some status.

That was not his problem. What was this leading up to? He read on. Of course. A Grantville connection. Rohan had also learned that the one Roman confederate of Ducos who had been apprehended was caught due to the rapid action and thinking of a boy named Ron Stone and his brothers. Stone was now reported to be in transit from Padua to Grantville. Should he appear there, Dumais should attempt to contact him. Dumais shook his head, wryly. There were times the duke's exalted position made him blind to certain realities.

Bad idea. Simpler was better, particularly since so many of the Grantvillers were convinced that all Frenchmen were incompetent—aside from Richelieu, of course. In a pinch, he identified himself as Rochellais, which was perfectly true, too. There was a letter from Henri de Rohan today. As soon as Dumais was outside the post office, he opened it and began reading. The duke was worried about Ducos. He speculated that Ducos had, from Rome, headed for the south coast of France, gone up the Rhone, crossed over to the upper Rhine, taken it as far of the mouth of the Main, and would probably soon be meeting with his henchmen and cohorts in Frankfurt am Main.

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