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Napoleon's Pyramids (Ethan Gage Series #1)

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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

terrific heroic late nineteenth century thriller

Four years have passed since Robespierre and the Reign of Terror ended. In Paris, though the aristocracy may have changed from blue blood to revolutionary blood, France seems back to normal as war, corruption, and pleasure rule. While observing this trend back to norm...
Four years have passed since Robespierre and the Reign of Terror ended. In Paris, though the aristocracy may have changed from blue blood to revolutionary blood, France seems back to normal as war, corruption, and pleasure rule. While observing this trend back to normalcy, American expatriate Ethan Gage wins a seemingly valuable trinket at cards, but it almost cost him his life. This is the story of how Ben Franklin┬┐s former apprentice learns a life lesson that gambling is a vice. Ethan won the Egyptian medallion in a card game. Afterward one of the other players offers money for the item, but Ethan turns him down. Just before leaving he warned no one refuses Silano and besides the medallion is cursed. Soon afterward thieves attack Ethan who realizes quickly they want the medallion. He survives their assault and keeps his newest asset, but now learns the gendarme seek him as a murder suspect. His luck turns at this point when he is attacked again, but gypsies and a mysterious Brit save his life. He joins Napoleon's Egypt expedition to get out of France and to learn why the medallion is so coveted. Instead in Egypt, malevolent assassins willing to kill him for the medallion come after Ethan. --- Gage is a sort of a late nineteenth century Hans Solo as he is a bit of a rogue. The story line is fast-paced whether it is in Paris or the Sahara as it seems that every turn that the hero makes and under every grain of sand he steps on lead to danger from someone coveting the medallion. The use of real historical persona and a strong support cast augments a terrific heroic saga that equates to a night of no sleep for readers. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Was not free

I use the Free Fridays to find and try out new authors. I was disappointed today to find that I could not get Napoleon's Pyramids as a free book. Not sure why???

posted by IslandQuilter on December 17, 2011

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Excellent read!

    I found this historical fiction novel to be quite engaging and entertaining. Being that I presently live in Cairo, Egypt, I found the historical facts of particular interest. The love story is believable, and I am intrigued to follow it through in the second book of Dietrich's Ethan Gage series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Loved it.

    I loved this book, I love historical novels.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Lots of fun!

    I look forward to reading the next installment. Lots of fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Fun, rollicking romp

    This was a really fun trip through post-French Revolution era Paris and Egypt. Made Cairo and the pyramids come alive. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Historical and fun!

    I enjoyed this book so much I read it in less than a day. I loved every bit of it. The story was fascinating and it kept me completely entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Fascinating!

    Fascinating story. Intriguing mix of history and fiction. Beginnings of modern Egyptology and the story of Napoleons invasion of Egypt are narrated by the young American student of Benjamin Franklin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    A TBS Made for TV movie waiting to happen

    It was a good Free book. Quick read. Decent history. Good character. If Noah Wyle is availible he would be good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Even if you don't usually like this genre, give it a chance!

    A happy surprise from Free Nook Book Fridays- I didn't think I would particularly care for this book, but started reading it and couldn't stop! Just bought the 2nd in the series. It's especially well written and the historical aspect of it is extremely interesting & engaging. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Intelligent, humorous & complex

    This was a wonderful, fun read with engaging historical detail. The complexity of the characers felt very true to life and the struggles of relating between cultures authentic. Ethan Gage's struggle with purpose and destiny kept me rooting for him. Never tiresome. I highly recommed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Yerlin

    I like this book

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Very entertaining

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

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    Historical Fiction at its Best

    I found this book on the bargain tabel and am very happy that I bought it. William Dietrich does a wonderful job bleding historical fact and drama. Ethan Gage is a character who's flaws and charm combine to make for a very interesting plot. Dietrich's villians are diabolical yet logical and yet have traits that almost make you care for them.

    I look forward to reading the 2nd and 3rd book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Great adventure

    This is a very entertaining book. A quick read. I disagree with other reviewers that the beginning drags. I think the beginning paragraphs show witty writing and help you get to like Ethan Gage.

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