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1636 - The Devil's Opera

Eric Flint

It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath. In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns' wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna's plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE's throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement. But another plot is underway--this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?

It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath. In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns' wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna's plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE's throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement. But another plot is underway--this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?
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It is the year 1636. The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time by a cosmic accident, is on the verge of civil war. His brain injured in the war with Poland, the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus is no longer in command. Enter Swedish chancellor Oxenstierna, a leader of aristocratic reaction against democracy. His goal: to assemble the forces of the hidebound ruling class in Berlin and drown the revolution in a bloodbath. In Magdeburg, the capital of the USE, Mike Stearns' wife Rebecca Abrabanel is organizing popular resistance to Oxenstierna's plot. As part of the resistance, the American musician Marla Linder and her company of down-time musical partners are staging an opera that will celebrate the struggle against oppression. Princess Kristina, the heir to the USE's throne, is now residing in Magdeburg and is giving them her support and encouragement. But another plot is underway--this one right in the heart of the capital itself, and with murder as its method. The only people standing in the way are a crippled boy and the boxing champion who befriended him, and an unlikely pair of policemen. Can the American detective Byron Chieske and his down-timer partner Gotthilf Hoch thwart the killers before they succeed in their goal?

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Carrico, George Guidall

Length:

17h 19m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

20:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

23:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

11:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

25:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

27:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

11:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

14:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

14:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

13:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

14:46


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

19:06


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

14:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

12:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

10:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

25:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

16:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

17:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

17:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

26:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

13:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

11:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

11:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

11:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

27:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:15