The Emerald Storm: An Ethan Gage Adventure

The Emerald Storm: An Ethan Gage Adventure

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by William Dietrich, John Pruden
     
 

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The year is 1803. Swashbuckling, ribald, and irreverent hero Ethan Gage has outsmarted wily enemies and survived dangerous challenges across the globe. Now the rakish hero finds himself in the Caribbean with his wife, Astiza, on a desperate hunt to secure the lost treasure of Montezuma - a legendary hoard rumored to have been hidden from Cortes's plundering Spanish

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The year is 1803. Swashbuckling, ribald, and irreverent hero Ethan Gage has outsmarted wily enemies and survived dangerous challenges across the globe. Now the rakish hero finds himself in the Caribbean with his wife, Astiza, on a desperate hunt to secure the lost treasure of Montezuma - a legendary hoard rumored to have been hidden from Cortes's plundering Spanish conquistadors. Hot on his heels are British agents who want the gold to finance a black slave revolt in Saint-Domingue, robbing hostile France of its richest colony. The French, too, seek the treasure for the secrets it contains, the key to an incredible new means of invasion that can ensure Britain's defeat - on its own land.

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)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624060502
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
The Ethan Gage Adventures Series, #5
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.61(w) x 5.01(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William Dietrich is the author of eleven novels, including four previous Ethan Gage titles - 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.

READER BIO
John Pruden started voice work as a Master of Ceremonies while stationed in the military. He has also done production and commercials for radio stations, done voiceovers for commercials, PSAs, Indie films, and documentaries, character acting and voices for video games and radio dramas, as well as narrating corporate and online training videos, and audiobooks.

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The Emerald Storm: An Ethan Gage Adventure 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Billyt1 More than 1 year ago
Typical Ethan Gage story, The series is getting repetitive with a different locale. Gage remains a pleasing character, but many of his choices are questionable.