Essen Defiant

by David Carrico, Kim Mackey

Whether it was a blessed miracle or a disastrous catastrophe, the arrival of Grantville in Europe in the year 1631 created changes that are long-lasting and spreading wider and wider as time passes. In 1634, Louis DeGeer, statesman, merchant, and player of the game of princes, having extracted as much information and technology as he could out of Grantville, makes his move to establish a new state in the Rhineland, a republic that would draw on much of the political philosophy brought back through the Ring of Fire by Grantville.

There are those in the westlands of Germany and the Rhine Valley who aren't happy about that. Louis' enemies draw on all the forces of the status quo to oppose his efforts. Louis discovers that it will take strength and determination coupled with careful preparation and planning to face them. And the ultimate confrontations leave things up for grabs until the final moments.

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About the Authors

David Carrico

David has been an avid SF reader since discovering the books of Andre Norton in 6th grade. He eventually tried his hand at writing the stuff, and made his first professional sale in 2004. He has been a regular contributor to The Grantville Gazette e-magazine since 2004, beginning with that first sale, as well as appearing in Grantville Gazette and Ring of Fire anthologies for Baen Books. He has had a story published in Jim Baen's Universe e-magazine, and 2013 saw the publication by Baen Books of two books by David: 1635: Music and Murder, which collected most of his short fiction, and the novel 1636: The Devil's Opera, on which he collaborated with Eric Flint. He has also co-written The Span of Empire with Eric Flint, the third novel in Eric's Jao Empire series, which Baen Books will publish in September 2016, and is currently available for pre-order. He is currently working on a solo novel project.


Kim Mackey

Kim Mackey was born in 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Parents were teachers. Spent his early life in Carmel Valley, California. At age 10 moved to southern Peru where parents worked in schools run by SPCC, Southern Peru Copper Corporation. Lived a year in Ilo, Peru and a year in Toquepala. Moved in 1963 to San Tome, Venezuela for two years. In 1965 moved to Thessaloniki, Greece living there for three years and traveled around Europe and Middle East including Russia, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Moved to Kabul, Afghanistan for a year in 1968 before accepting appointment to West Point.

Spent two years at West Point before leaving and moving to Fairbanks, Alaska. Graduated from University of Alaska in 1974 with a degree in Natural Resources Management. Worked four years on Trans Alaska Pipeline as a security guard, weather observer, secretary, plumber, pipefitter, and welder. Left Alaska in 1978 and moved to Eugene, Oregon. Various odd jobs there. Received teaching certificate from University of Oregon in 1987. Worked as a math teacher in Metlakatla, Alaska for three years.

In 1990 with wife Melodie and son Patrick moved to Valdez, Alaska and worked at Valdez High School as a math and science teacher. Earned a Master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2001. Retired to Anchorage, Alaska in 2010 and has taught online classes in Geology for the past eight years.


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