This is book number 14 of Eric Flint's New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling alternate history series, Ring of Fire. Eddie Cantrell, now married to the king of Denmark's daughter, is sent by Admiral Simpson to the Caribbean to secure access to the most valuable commodity on that continent - not the gold and silver which the Spanish treasure, but the oil which up-time machines and industry need. The admiral has also provided Eddie's small task force with the new steam-powered frigates that have just come out of the navy's shipyards. Even with the frigates, a giant obstacle stands in his way: the Gulf-girdling Spanish presence in the New World. So a diversion is needed, carried out by an up-time car mechanic and a down-time mercenary colonel who also happens to be the last earl of Ireland. Their mission: grab the oil fields on Trinidad, and so distract the attention of Spain's New World governors.
Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history fiction, "with over three million books in print." He s theauthor/creator of the "New York Times" best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius alternate Roman history series, including, and with David Weber collaborated on "1633" and 1634" The Baltic War." Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Charles E. Gannon is a rising star in science fiction with a multiple short story and novella publications in Baen anthologies, "Man-Kzin Wars XIII," "Analog," and elsewhere. His original trade paperback "Fire With Fire" was a national bestsellerand Nebula award finalist. "Fire with Fire"was alsothe winner of the Compton Crook Award for best first novel.Its sequel is "Trial by Fire. "Gannon is a contributing author in David Weber s "Beginnings: World s of Honor 6." Gannon is coauthor with Steve White of "Extremis," the latest entry in the legendary Starfire series, created by David Weber. He is also coauthor with alternate history master, Eric Flint of "1635: The Papal Stakes" and "Wall Street Journal "bestseller. A multiple Fulbright scholar, until recently Gannon was Distinguished Professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University and now writes full time."
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