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The Barbary Pirates: An Ethan Gage Adventure (Ethan Gage Adventures Book 4) Kindle Edition
“William Dietrich is a born stylist, moving characters around on an historical chessboard with the assured hand of a master novelist firing on all cylinders. Ethan Gage is a wiry, battle-scarred hero, with great decency, who rings absolutely true.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key
From New York Times bestselling author William Dietrich, a rollicking adventure in the popular Ethan Gage series, following Napoleon’s Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, and The Dakota Cypher. From the man Library Journal calls “a leader among historical novelists” comes a grand adventure, featuring a hero as memorable as Indiana Jones or George MacDonald Fraser’s Sir Harry Flashman.
American explorer, adventurer, and lover Ethan Gage has braved the sands of Egypt, the perils of the Atlantic Ocean, and the harsh wilderness of early America. Now he finds himself in a desperate race with a powerful band of North African Muslim outlaws. The prize is the Mirror of Archimedes, an ancient superweapon that now, in 1802, could tip the balance of power in the Mediterranean.
Can Ethan rescue his lost love, Astiza, without betraying the cause of his own United States? Can he save the two-year-old son he only recently learned of without allowing the fiendish Egyptian Rite to dominate the world? And when the sun rises on the Mirror of Archimedes, will everything Ethan cares about go up in flames? Racing from the brothels of Paris to the canals of Venice to the dungeons of Tripoli, Gage will face his ultimate reckoning on the high seas—as he battles to prevent the destruction of the American, English, and French fleets at the ruthless hands of . . . The Barbary Pirates!
About the Author
William Dietrich is the author of fourteen novels, including six previous Ethan Gage titles—Napoleon's Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, The Barbary Pirates, The Emerald Storm, and The Barbed Crown. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Washington State.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003C2SP1O
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 13, 2010)
- Publication date : March 13, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 973 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 434 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062191411
- Best Sellers Rank: #709,261 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having said that, despite a fairly authentic background, Gage’s fictional exploits are often far-fetched but this is fiction after all. One of the great strengths of this series is humour and Gage’s one-liners in particular made me laugh out loud numerous times.
One example are the sarcastic and insightful comments he makes about the American inventor Robert Fulton and his prototype submarine, which some readers may find difficult to credit as based on fact. Delightful exchanges like the following are commonplace:
‘Robert, you told the admirals that your invention would make surface navies obsolete... you’re the worst salesman in the world. You’re asking men to buy what would put them out of work.’
‘But the submarine would be so fearsome as to end war entirely!’
‘Another point against you. Think, man!’
As usual, the fictional characters are also well-drawn and this novel brings us a new spectacle in the form of Gage being confronted by a son he never knew he had and beginning to take his responsibilities seriously. I’m not sure what that will herald for the rest of the series as the eponymous hero is a notorious gambler, womaniser and spendthrift, which is part of the appeal, but I shall have to read them and see.
While not quite up to the high standard of Napoleon’s Pyramids and the Rosetta Key, this historical novel is highly readable, entertaining and just the kind of book to take on a long journey. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly.