Napoleon's Pyramids (Ethan Gage Series #1)

Napoleon's Pyramids (Ethan Gage Series #1)

by William Dietrich
3.5 434


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Napoleon's Pyramids 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 434 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dietrich has tried to create an 18th Century Indiana Jones (with, no doubt, visions of sequels dancing in his head) but, alas, in the early going at least he lacks the Spielberg panache to pull it off. However, if one can wade through the awkward verbosity of the beginning chapters - which only help the reader regard some of the early plot twists as ludicrous - the pace picks up in later chapters and one can get into the enjoyment which Dietrich hopes to provide his readers. It is as though it has taken half a book for the author to find his style - and for the most part,an amusing and pleasant one it is. Unfortunately, for this reader at least, there's quite a bit of drudgery at the beginning which numbed my mind to the point that I didn't realize I was actually enjoying the quite outlandish tale until it was almost over. If, as I suspect, Mr. Dietrich plans further episodes in the adventures of his hero Ethan Gage, I think they will be far more readable than this initial work now that the author has found the voice for his character, the times and the events encountered.
IslandQuilter More than 1 year ago
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???
Preserved-Killick More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, and for the first couple chapters I really did. But the plot slowed and just didn't capture me, and the characters were developed surface level at best. Doubt I go on with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Likewise, I also found the supposedly free to be unavailable!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you were a fan of the "National Treasure" movies, you would like this book. It has a great storyline and keeps you guessing until the very end. Of course, this is the first in the series, so you get into the story and must continue with the character Ethan Gage as his saga continues. I am definitely hooked!
msfanglet More than 1 year ago
If you like history, you'll like this book. All the events are accurate. The author weaves a nice story around these events. From the very beginning, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The violence is necessary, but not overdone (no gore). The war is just the backdrop, not the main event.
PJinSoDak More than 1 year ago
I found this as a Free Friday book for the Nook and thought I'd take a look. It was a fun read and I've since purchased the next two in the series.
JamieB63 More than 1 year ago
supposed to be a Free Friday selection....however, not showing as such.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many twists and turns, interesting information on Masonry, characters you either love or hate. I did skip through some of the battles. The ending sets you up to want to read the next book.
bungelowbill More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read, but at times formulaic. An interesting look at the Egyptian Campaign that single handedly created Egyptology and the craze that continues today with Ancient Egypt.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
It's a fun little romp. Historical fiction about Napoleon meets Indiana Jones and National Treasure. There are plenty of true facts, and even more fantasy. If you aren't looking for something deep, this could be a could choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like James Rollins or Steve Berry you will probably like this story as well. It took me awhile to get into it and I didn't like the main character at first but he grows on you. I think that is the point though as the story develops he starts to mature as a person and become the hero he thinks he is. I will read others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Picked this up on the Nook's "Free Friday" some time ago and just got around to reading it. Now I'm hooked! A likable rogue, that Ethan! On to "The Rosetta Key", book 2 in the Ethan Gage series .... and 3, 4 and 5!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethan Gage is likeable, and the attention to history is a big plus. But too slow moving, too long winded to stay engaging. Fun enough for a free or cheap read, but probably will not follow the series.
greyowlCT More than 1 year ago
My only problem with it was that it got a little long and tedious in a few spots, but the rest more than made up for that with action that pulled you right into the action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great story that covers Napoleon's attempt to conquer Egypt woven about an adventurer who (Ethan Gage) is the main character in the hunt for "The Secret". Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a critic. I just know what I like or not. This book should be made into a movie. Great story. I did not like the ending, though. Now I have to buy the next one to find out what happened. Be sure I will.
pertelote More than 1 year ago
This book was in line with other styles that I've been reading and I wanted to check it out. I was not disappointed! Dietrich writes in a manner that captures the reader immediatly. Ethan Gage is a great character and I have continued on in the series. If you like Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series or even The Da Vinci Code, this would be a great who-done-it book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This free friday selection is not free.7)
conrad101 More than 1 year ago
For some reason, this Free Friday offer is not free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So only the sample was free for Free Friday?
glauver More than 1 year ago
This book, underneath its modern trappings of sex and violence to spice the plot, actually reminded me of a H. Rider Haggard yarn. The orthodox should be warned that the "solution" to the puzzle might offend their sensibilities. It is entertaining, but it does not rise to the heights of historical thrillers like those written by Owen Parry, Philip Kerr, Caleb Carr, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stumbled upon the Ethan Gage stories and gave book one a try! Well it was a great find and a fantastic read. I enjoyed the mix of historical data and fictional character story lines. Looking forward to book two!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel started off well, but too soon became totally predictable and weak.