1635: The Papal Stakes

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1635: The Papal Stakes
1635 The Papal Stakes book cover.jpg
AuthorEric Flint and Charles E. Gannon
Cover artistTom Kidd
CountryUnited States
Series1632 series
GenreAlternate History
/Science fiction
PublisherBaen Books
Publication date
October 2, 2012
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages672 (hardback)
ISBN978-1-4516-3839-4 (hardback)
Preceded by1635: The Cannon Law 

1635: The Papal Stakes is novel in the 1632 series written by Charles Gannon and Eric Flint. It was published in 2012 and is the direct sequel to 1635: The Cannon Law published in 2006. This book is the third in the South European fork to the main 1632 series storyline. The story follows the exploits of younger members of the Stone family in Italy and describes the impact of Grantville on the Roman Catholic church and on the patchwork of independent countries in the Italian peninsula.

Literary significance and reception[edit]

The reviewer for SFRevu writes that "Charles Gannon takes the helm in this installment" and that "Gannon hits all the right notes."[1] The Midwest Book Review called the book "a fabulous thriller as Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon prove a deft pairing."[2] The reviewer for the Mixed Book Bag also agrees that Flint and Gannon make a good writing team and adds "This is a story that flows smoothly and is focused on the problems the characters face" and "the action is great and keeps the story arc moving along".[3]

1635: The Papal Stakes is the first book in the 1632 series to get listed on the Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Books list for Hardcover Science Fiction, which gets their data from the Nielsen BookScan. This book was able to stay on this list for two weeks during October 2012, topping at number 6.[4]


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