I just finished Eric Flint's latest entry in his massively popular alternate history/time travel series and I'm still not quite sure what to think. On the one hand, 1635: The Eastern Front, has plenty of the gripping action, devious plots and soap operatic relationships that previous books were known for, the whole book seems like its lacking in the sort of "Truth, Justice and the American Way conquer all" type feeling that made the earlier books such a guilty pleasure. Instead, the book really ramps up the shift towards darker plots and less happy endings that has been occurring in past books. The "bad guys" are ascendant throughout the book and characters who were merely annoying in previous books are starting to look rather evil in this latest entry. In short the s**t really hits the fan hard.
While these changes aren't enough to make me lose interest in the series, but they do make me wonder just how much longer the 163x series has left.