City by the Bay

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In the North American territory granted to the Tsar by treaty, his servants and soldiers build a settlement, Saint Helena, that grows to be the great city by the Golden Gate Bay. Adventurers of all kinds pass through or take up residence, winning and losing fortunes against the backdrop of the Great Game between mighty empires.


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Gregori Andreivich Gyazin is a distant relative of the Tsar of all the Russias. He is also the Governor-General of Novaya Rossiya, the Tsar’s huge colony stretching from the wind-swept Aleutian islands to the southern reaches of Alta California. From the colonial capital in Saint Helena, the city by the Golden Gate Bay, he must confront encroachments of the French and British empire in North America. To make things still worse, he also has to deal with the schemes and intrigues of the Tsar’s own agents and spies. With friends like this, who needs enemies?

City By The Bay tells the story of Saint Helena from the time of its founding in 1816 to its eventual fate after the disastrous 1906 earthquake – nearly a century, most of which Prince Gregori witnesses. Robber barons, soldiers of fortune, tale-spinners, prophets and native shamans—people of all kinds pass through Saint Helena or take up residence, winning and losing fortunes in a world where revolutions never took place.


2 reviews for City by the Bay

  1. William Scott (verified owner)

    A thoughtful ‘what if the Russians do expand south along the North American coast in the early 19th century’. I’m not sure if City is intended to be in the Ring of Fire timeline (a more than 150 year jump from the most current novel in that series).
    In OTL the Spanish sent missions north along the coast from Mexico in the 18th century to watch for Russian southward expansion from Alaska.

  2. Sarah

    An amazing read! Everyone needs a book written by Walter Hunt

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