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 the fifth installment of master storyteller William Dietrich’s bestselling adventure series, the swashbuckling, battle-scarred hero Ethan Gage must race from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean to pursue a mysterious Spanish treasure as the fate of England—and of the world’s first successful slave revolt—hang

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In the fifth installment of master storyteller William Dietrich’s bestselling adventure series, the swashbuckling, battle-scarred hero Ethan Gage must race from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean to pursue a mysterious Spanish treasure as the fate of England—and of the world’s first successful slave revolt—hang desperately in the balance.

The Emerald Storm is the action-packed historical masterpiece that Ethan Gage fans have long awaited. Fans of the Indiana Jones adventures, the Sharpe’s Rifles series, and the thrilling works of James Rollins, who himself calls Dietrich’s writing “adventure at its grandest,” will find The Emerald Storm a satisfying, sword-in-hand romp through history—and new readers will discover it as the perfect introduction to the breathtaking Ethan Gage Adventures.

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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)
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.”
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062097132
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Ethan Gage Series , #5
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
122,361
File size:
1 MB

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