The Legions of Pestilence

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The war is on. All the wars—and on all fronts. Can the medical knowledge of the up-time Americans be adapted and spread fast enough to forestall disaster? Or will their advanced military technology simply win one war in order to lose the other and much more terrible one?

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In the world the West Virginians of Grantville came from, the borderlands between France and Germany had been a source of turmoil for centuries. In the new universe created by the Ring of Fire, the situation isn’t any better. The chaotic condition of the German lands has been ended—for a time, at least. And the near-century long war between Spain and the Netherlands has finally been resolved.

But now France is unstable. The defeat of Richelieu’s forces in the Ostend War has weakened the Red Cardinal’s grip on political power and emboldened his enemies, Foremost among them is King Louis XIII’s ambitious younger brother, Monsieur Gaston. An inveterate schemer and would-be usurper, Gaston’s response to the new conditions in France is to launch a military adventure. He invades the Duchy of Lorraine.

Soon, others are drawn into the conflict. The Low Countries ruled by King Ferdinand and Duke Bernhard’s newly formed Burgundy, a kingdom-in-all-but-name, send their own troops into Lorraine. Chaos expands and spreads up and down the Rhine.

It isn’t long before the mightiest and most deadly army enters the fray—the legions of pestilence. Bubonic plague and typhus lead the way, but others soon follow: dysentery, deadly and disfiguring smallpox, along with new diseases introduced by the time-displaced town of Grantville.

The war is on. All the wars—and on all fronts. Can the medical knowledge of the up-time Americans be adapted and spread fast enough to forestall disaster? Or will their advanced military technology simply win one war in order to lose the other and much more terrible one?

6 reviews for The Legions of Pestilence

  1. Alexander Rohlfs (verified owner)

    The Book is a quite nice addition to the 1632 Series, nicely expanded from the version that was Serialized in the Gazette, unfortunately at least the Epub Version suffers from a lack of proofreading as there a numerous instances of doubled words or names, and even a section where multiple paragraphs from a previous chapter are repeated. A little more care in the preparation of the final manuscript would be appreciated in the future. Therefore i sadly have to dedfuct 2 stars, one for the lack of mention of the fact that much of the story is a repeat of a Gazette Series both in the description here and in the book itself and the second for the lack of prrofreading

  2. John James (verified owner)

    This is the second Virginia de Marce, 1632 novel I have bought, and I think it will be the last. As a co author she adds interesting detail and history to the plots. As a single author she gets bogged down in that same detail to the point where I lose track of the plot. This makes for turgid masses of conversations with very little action described. It’s like following a campaign by reading the correspondence and transcripts of committee meetings. It would be interesting in a history text or research project, but in a series like 1632 it’s like coming across a large lump of turnip in a spicy beef stew.

  3. Glenn Horton

    Although I sometimes get bogged down in Prof. de Marce’s relationship descriptions, I find her writings give me a much better understanding of the politics and familial relationships of the 1632verse. She continues to teach her students, and this student thanks her for that.

  4. Bjorn

    Her obsession with genealogy is bizarre. She’s either writing for Hobbits or Mormons.

    She is very intelligent and an absolute font of historical knowledge but she thinks telling you who someone’s grandfather was is a substitute for characterization.

  5. Bill Scott (verified owner)

    As a Ring of Fire addict, this will keep me going for a few weeks. Well done with focus among the Germanies along the French frontier.

  6. Hal Porter

    I like DeMarce’s works. I like the meanders and the details; others may, apparently, not. Chacun a son gout! The weirdness of human nature/personality intrigues me and she conveys this with a sense of humor. I’m also a history nut; and she REALLY knows her stuff.

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