The Emerald Storm (Ethan Gage Series #5)

The Emerald Storm (Ethan Gage Series #5)

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by William Dietrich
     
 

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In critically acclaimed William Dietrich's new adventure, the action races from a mountain prison in Napoleonic France to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean, with a mysterious and magical Spanish treasure and the first successful slave revolt in history hanging in the balance.

The year is 1803. Swashbuckling, ribald, and irreverent hero Ethan Gage has

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In critically acclaimed William Dietrich's new adventure, the action races from a mountain prison in Napoleonic France to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean, with a mysterious and magical Spanish treasure and the first successful slave revolt in history hanging in the balance.

The year is 1803. Swashbuckling, ribald, and irreverent hero Ethan Gage has outsmarted wily enemies and survived dangerous challenges across the globe, from the wilds of the American frontier to the pyramids of Egypt. The raffish hero finds himself in the Caribbean with his wife, Astiza, on a desperate hunt to find the lost treasure of Montezuma—a legendary hoard rumored to have been hidden from Cortés's plundering Spanish conquistadors.

Caught between French and rebel slave forces, Gage and Astiza are in a race for gold and glory that will thrust them into the center of a bloody struggle for freedom as they try to rescue their son. And this time, Gage's luck may be running out.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dietrich’s entertaining fifth Napoleonic-era thriller starring Ethan Gage (after 2010’s The Barbary Pirates) finds our reluctant hero dreaming of retirement, but the kidnapping of his nearly three-year-old son, Harry, starts Ethan and his wife, Astiza, on a path leading from an Alpine prison to Saint-Domingue, “the tormented western half of the island of Hispaniola that the natives call Haiti.” Pressed variously into service on behalf of France, England, and America, Gage switches sides the way a chameleon changes hues. With ingenuity born of desperation, he uses or adapts inventions such as the glider and diving bell while forced to seek the lost treasure of Montezuma, which may contain the secret of flight. Dietrich seamlessly blends historical figures such as Napoleon and Toussaint L’Ouverture, the liberator of Haiti, with fictional characters like Gage’s nemesis, “renegade secret policeman” Leon Martel, in this amusing swashbuckler. Agent: Andrew Stuart, the Stuart Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
The 19th-century role that a 21st-century Errol Flynn would be born to play. The fifth historical novel in the Ethan Gage series leaves no swash unbuckled. Though Dietrich (The Barbary Pirates, 2010, etc.) is a college professor who previously shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting, with this series he is more interested in entertaining than educating. An American and an adventurer, Gage here casts his lot at various turns with the French, the English and a band of Caribbean slaves turned revolutionaries, as he searches for a lost treasure of Aztec myth. Though he announces early on that, "I was more than ready to trade heroism for domesticity. My preference is lover, not fighter. No one tries harder to escape adventure than me, Ethan Gage," there wouldn't be much of a novel if he had stuck to such resolve. Yes, he has married the voluptuous, ravishing Astiza, his lover from previous novels, and the two are raising a 3-year old son. Yet he has come into possession of a stolen and extravagant emerald, which could ensure his wealth and secure their future, only to see the jewel snatched by a renegade French policeman who kidnaps their son in the process. So it's love as well as lucre that drives Gage to recover the jewel, and to employ his wife in her seductive temptress role at pivotal points along the way. "Plain women are more devoted, older ones are more appreciative, but I, too, have an eye for beauty--it's a fault of mine--and I knew I had to defend the woman I'd married," muses Gage, after such trickery has imperiled his wife while inflaming his jealousy. Ultimately, the plot finds double-crossing leading to triple-crossing, as the emerald turns out to be merely the tip of an iceberg of lost riches, with Gage and allies who might be enemies conspiring to find it. A tale filled with rascally derring-do that could have worked better as a graphic novel.
Sacramento Bee
“Rousing good stuff.”
Bellingham Herald
The Emerald Storm is a whirl of adventure, international diplomacy and vivid political commentary. . . . A wonderful romp through a complicated period of history.”
Associated Press Staff
“Dietrich seamlessly blends historical fact with fiction. . . . [He] also has a knack for making the world of 1803 come alive.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061989209
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Ethan Gage Series, #5
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

William Dietrich is the author of eleven novels, including Napoleon’s Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, and The Barbary Pirates. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Washington State.

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The Emerald Storm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Valerie58 More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It is a mixture of fact and fiction, unbelievable circumstances, and is completely entertaining. Ethan Gage started his literary life as a loveable rake and protege to Ben Franklin (yes, the real Ben Franklin!), caught up in so many different adventures that were beyond belief, and has developed into a devout family man who would die for his wife and young son. That's not to say he's completely reformed, since on a few occasions things do cross his mind that the former Ethan Gage would have no hesitation in actually doing. But the new Ethan goes no further than the thought, no matter how he is tempted. If you like adventure, history, mystery, suspense, and so much more, you have to read this book. I can't wait for the next one!
rmd270 More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th installment in the Ethan Gage series set in Napoleonic-era. This story continues the swashbuckling and devil may care life of Ethan as he explores the world at Napoleon's request. This time is different as he has a new wife and son....his actions will have consequences on his family. This creates quite a conundrum but Ethan cannot stop himself from flighty exploration and dreams of wealth. This adventure leaves a real cliff hangar and leads to the next in the series "The Barbed Crown"...will check it out to see how things further evolve.
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I received my first Ethan Gage novel as a free book, then proceeded to read all five and am anxiously anticipating the next installment! This is comedy, history, adventure and fantasy rolled so tightly that the reader is hooked from start to finish. Forget the fiscal cliff! Bring me the next Ethan Gage!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, much like the others in the series, but somehow not quite as good. Maybe the novelty of the first few--the roguishness of Ethan and the quirkiness of the savant references--is not as fresh. Still, I would definitely recommend, and will eagerly await the next in the serious.
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Well done, and great fun to read.
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