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About William Dietrich
I published two books in the fall of 2014. One is my first young adult/adult thriller, "The Murder of Adam and Eve." This time-travel environmental-evolutionary tale set in prehistoric Africa has two 16-year-olds, Nick Brynner and Eleanor Terrell, trying to save our genetic ancestors from annihilation by an alien race. It's a coming of age story, survival story, love story, and environmental fable.
The other is a nonfiction coffee table-type book called "The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby." The Mountaineers Books publication has more than 200 photos and illustrations and is a gorgeous read.
Meanwhile, my bestselling HarperCollins series of Ethan Gage adventures has sold into 28 languages. Other recent titles: "The Three Emperors," 2014, and "The Barbed Crown," 2013. All the Gage books are available in hardback, paper, and ebook versions.
I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter in 1973, eventually sharing a Pulitzer at the Seattle Times for coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. I also taught for five years at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment.
I published my first non-fiction book, "The Final Forest," in 1992. It was updated in 2010 to "The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest." It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Governor Writers Award.
I followed that with "Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River." A new edition with a new introduction is planned for the fall of 2016.
My first novel, "Ice Reich," came in 1998 and is a World War II thriller based on a real-life Nazi expedition to Antarctica. This bestseller is still available as an ebook.
My other novels:
"Getting Back." An eco-thriller set in the Australian Outback in the near future. Ebook.
"Dark Winter." A killer is on the loose among the personnel at America's South Pole base. Creepy! Ebook.
"Hadrian's Wall." Love, war, and conspiracy during the late Roman Empire. All formats.
"The Scourge of God." A young couple must survive the invasion of the empire by Attila the Hun. All formats.
"Blood of the Reich." A contemporary Seattle woman sees her car blown up and learns of her horrific connection to a 70-year-old Nazi conspiracy that will take her to Tibet and Germany. All formats.
And the Ethan Gage novels:
"Napoleon's Pyramids." Our American hero accompanies Napoleon's 1798 invasion of Egypt and grapples with pyramid mysteries.
"The Rosetta Key." Ethan and his companion Astiza are caught up in Bonaparte's 1799 invasion of the Holy Land and his ascension to power in France.
"The Dakota Cipher." Norse mysteries play a role in a struggle for power on the Great Lakes frontier.
"The Barbary Pirates." Ethan and his scientist friends find an ancient super-weapon coveted by pirates who are at war with America.
"The Emerald Storm." A stolen emerald leads Ethan and his new family into peril in Haiti and the lush, perilous isles of the Caribbean.
"The Barbed Crown." Ethan finds himself a spy as Napoleon prepares to crown himself emperor and France challenges England at the naval showdown of Trafalgar.
"The Three Emperors." Seeking to reunited with Astiza and his son Harry in 1805, Ethan must survive the battle of Austerlitz and hunt down a medieval machine that can foretell the future.
Additional nonfiction includes:
"On Puget Sound." With Art Wolfe photos.
"Natural Grace." Essays on plants and animals in my native Pacific Northwest.
"Green Fire: A History of Huxley College." The nation's first dedicated environmental college.
As you can see, I'm curious about many things. I also enjoy research.
Travel for my novels has taken me to the Arctic, Antarctic, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Australia, Sicily, Greece, Paris, Britain, Hungary, Tibet...hey, someone's got to do it. I've traveled on a sailboat in the South Pacific, landed on an aircraft carrier, flown in a B-52, visited the South Pole, and been terrified flying with the Blue Angels.
As a journalist, I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, won National Science Foundation fellowships to Antarctica, and speak frequently on environmental issues. I've covered Congress, the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the environment, science, social issues - even the military. I've traveled frequently for my writing, but live in the Pacific Northwest where I was born. I'm married, with two grown children.
I live in a house looking out at the San Juan Islands, surrounded by fir, cedar, and hemlock, and sometimes get to watch bald eagles while I'm writing. Connecting with readers is one of life's biggest thrills.
Email inquiries can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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“It has a plot as satisfying as an Indiana Jones film and offers enough historical knowledge to render the reader a fascinating raconteur on the topics of ancient Egypt and Napoleon Bonaparte.” —USA Today
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author William Dietrich introduces readers to the globe-trotting American adventurer Ethan Gage in Napoleon’s Pyramids—an ingenious, swashbuckling yarn whose action-packed pages nearly turn themselves.
The first book in Dietrich’s fabulously fun New York Times bestselling series, Napoleon’s Pyramids follows the irrepressible Gage—a brother in spirit to George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman—as he travels with Napoleon’s expedition across the burning Egyptian desert in an attempt to solve a 6,000 year old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion. Here is superior adventure fiction in the spirit of Jack London, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and H. Rider Haggard, and fans of their acclaimed successors—James Rollins, David Liss, Steve Berry, Kate Mosse—will certainly want to get to know Ethan Gage.
“The Dakota Cipher is a supple, elegant thriller that carries the reader triumphantly from one exciting climax to the next.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key
Ethan Gage is a fearless adventurer who has crossed paths (and, sometimes, swords) with the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin—and whose unabashed derring do puts even Indiana Jones to shame. Now Gage is back for a third time in William Dietrich’s The Dakota Cipher, an ingenious page-turner that carries our hero to the American wilderness in search of an almost unthinkably powerful ancient artifact. No stranger to thrilling action himself, New York Times bestseller James Rollins, author of Black Order, The Last Oracle, and Altar of Eden, is a dedicated fan of Dietrich’s Ethan Gage novels, and proclaims that, “The Dakota Cipher should be read by anyone who loves adventure at its grandest.”
2011 Outstanding Title, University Press Books for Public and Secondary School LibrariesWinner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
Before Forks, a small town on Washington�s Olympic Peninsula, became famous as the location for Stephenie Meyer�s Twilight book series, it was the self-proclaimed �Logging Capital of the World� and ground zero in a regional conflict over the fate of old-growth forests. Since Pulitzer Prize�winning journalist William Dietrich first published The Final Forest in 1992, logging in Forks has given way to tourism, but even with its new fame, Forks is still a home to loggers and others who make their living from the surrounding forests. The new edition recounts how forest policy and practices have changed since the early 1990s and also tells us what has happened in Forks and where the actors who were so important to the timber wars are now.
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The action begins when the American adventurer and his wife, Astiza, are recruited to steal two Polish swords from the world’s most formidable treasury. Gage must break into a vault in the Peter and Paul fortress before Prussia ends Polish dreams of independence.
Yet that quest is only the beginning of challenge. Murder, ambush, royal treachery, and the mysterious appearance of a long-lost brother require a more daunting mission, requiring a sacrificial assault on a lair of pure evil.
From a Polish temple, to a Transylvanian castle, to the palace of the ruler of the Ottoman Empire, conspiracy and courage play out as Napoleon Bonaparte plots for domination. Populated by key players from history and based on real events, The Trojan Icon takes readers to a vivid world of passion, peril, and power in which the ancient past may change the fate of the world.
The Ethan Gage series of historical thrillers has sold into twenty-nine languages and drawn critical praise and eager fans worldwide. Praise for the series:
NAPOLEON’S PYRAMIDS: “Dietrich is becoming a leader among historical novelists.”
THE ROSETTA KEY: “The action in nearly nonstop, the humor is plentiful, and the intrigue is more than enough to keep the pages turning.”
-School Library Journal
THE DAKOTA CIPHER: “Fast, fun and fill of surprises . . . rich in intrigue and impressive historical detail.”
THE BARBARY PIRATES: “An action-filled romp that’s both historically accurate and great fun.”
THE EMERALD STORM: “A breathlessly exciting adventure.”
THE BARBED CROWN: “Description of war on the high seas is rarely better than in this novel.”
-San Antonio Express-News
THE THREE EMPERORS: “An especially interesting underlying tension of mysticism and science.”
-Historical Novel Review
Dashing and courageous American adventurer Ethan Gage returns in William Dietrich’s The Rosetta Key—the thrilling sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s acclaimed Napoleon’s Pyramids. An eighteenth century Indiana Jones, Gage swashbuckles once again, this time in pursuit of a precious Egyptian relic that would give its owner the power to rule the world. The Rosetta Key an adventure in reading that is not to be missed, especially by fans of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novels and aficionados of a grand literary tradition dating back to Jack London, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and H. Rider Haggard, and carried on today by such notables as James Rollins, David Liss, Steve Berry, and Kate Mosse.
For fans of the movie Gladiator comes this bloody account of the clashing of civilizations, as Attila the Hun, "The Scourge of God," struggles to overthrow the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire is weakening. In 367 AD, approximately eight years after the great battle at Hadrian's Wall, Roman garrisons begin to hear rumors of barbarian tribes massing to the north. By 449 AD, Attila, the ruler of the Huns, has become the continent's most powerful monarch, his reputation in battle earning him the title "The Scourge of God."
Anticipating an imminent attack by the Huns, Roman leaders negotiate with one of Attila's lieutenants, convincing him to play the part of assassin. He is joined on his mission by a Roman citizen, Jonas, an ambassador dispatched to negotiate a peace treaty with the Huns. When the plot is discovered, Jonas becomes a hostage, forced to fight for his captors if he wishes to remain alive. But he soon learns that Attila intends to conquer Rome itself, and is caught between two mighty empires, both poised for one of the greatest conflicts the world has ever seen. Jonas, knowing his life could be forfeit, has the potential to tip the battle in either direction––and his decision will alter the face of Western civilization.
For readers of historically nuanced thrillers and adventure stories by authors like Bernard Cornwell and Colleen McCullough.
For readers interested in Roman and Barbarian culture and warfare.
“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
“William Dietrich...should be read by anyone who loves adventure at its grandest, or humor both smart and sharp, or romance with a wild heart.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony
New York Times bestselling author William Dietrich is back with another 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.
Atthe height of WWII, a quartet of daring American adventurers pits theircunning against a cadre of Nazi S.S. agents seeking to acquire a powerfulweapon for the Fuhrer’s arsenal; today, as the Nazi specter begins to rear itshead once again, the descendants of those long-ago adventurers must unlock thesecrets of their forebears’ mission in order to save the world from Hitler’sresurgent Reich. Now, modern science and ancient Tibetan mythology surround adaring zoologist and a beautiful aviatrix who are all that stand between theNazis and world domination in New YorkTimes bestselling author William Dietrich’s Blood of the Reich, a knockout stand-alone novel perfect for fansof Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Thor Brad.
In the belly of a shimmering 21st Century pyramid, Daniel Dyson occupies Cubicle 17 and fantasizes about love and escape. By day he pursues petty ways to subvert his overly programmed life. By night he flirts with a shadowy group that dares him to rebel and reclaim his autonomy. Then he stumbles onto Outback Adventure.
Outback doesn't advertise and keeps its Internet site heavily encyrpted. Yet Daniel, partly to seek deeper meaning in his life, partly to find a woman who doesn't want to be found, soon finds himself taking a perilous trek across the forbidden continent of Australia. There, Outback has promised he will find out what it means to be truly alive, to test his limits, and to understand real survival. What he and his two dozen fellow adventurers don't know is that all their high-tech gear and all their plans haven't prepared them for what lies ahead. Because this journey will not only plunge them into a stark desert and through a gauntlet of natural dangers, it will force them to face the most dangerous creatures on earth: their fellow humans.
Getting Back is a novel of survival and a search for meaning where both have gone extinct - a thriller that asks us whether getting back is the object of the game, or the punishment for losing...
"Dazzlingly cinematic, GETTING BACK is the thinking man's "Road Warrior," a journey into a wasteland depopulated of civilization but not of ideas...speculative fiction at its best, a brainy amalgam of action, romance, and a probing of post-twentieth-century urban civilization that cuts disturbingly close to the bone." Steven Pressfield, author, 'Gates of Fire.'
"If you've never understood why some people care so much about wildness, then this gripping novel will provide a few of the answers." Bill McKibben, author, 'The End of Nature.'
"Dietrich has married the traditions of "1984" and "Deliverance" to produce a futuristic wilderness thriller that is not only utterly gripping but thought-provoking." Robert Clark, author, 'In The Deep Midwinter.'
"An engaging read with considerable depth." Christian Science Monitor.
From the interactive clockwork world of geology, tides, Northwest weather, and snow, to the hidden roles of dirt, stream life, and mosses and lichens, Pulitzer Prize winning writer William Dietrich explores the natural splendors of the Pacific Northwest. His topics include alder and cedar; jellyfish, geoducks, crabs, and killer whales; mosquitoes and spiders; gulls, crows, and bald eagles; and sea otters, coyotes, raccoons, possums, deer, and cougars.
This informative and engaging selection of natural history essays is adapted from articles published in the Seattle Times magazine, Pacific Northwest. A native Washingtonian, Dietrich has watched the Northwest double in population during his lifetime. Our rapidly changing view of nature is an underlying theme throughout his wide-ranging essays, as is the timely and essential question of how best to share and conserve the natural world that drew us to the region in the first place.
Not a field guide nor an environmental policy book, Natural Grace is intended as a primer for people who are curious about the environment they live in and the pressures upon it. "We only care about what we know," says the author. "I�ve concluded that enthusiasm and commitment begin from learning just how marvelous this region is: Passion has to precede purpose." And there is much to marvel over. Dietrich has unearthed fascinating and unexpected facts about his subjects, and he has a gift for expressing complex information in clear and vivid language. He asks intriguing questions and makes good use of interviews with Northwest scientists and experts to convey current and historic attitudes and economic realities, and to consider where we go from here.
For more information about the author go to: http://www.williamdietrich.com/
In The Barbed Crown, the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage by William Dietrich, our hero returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnap of his son.
Paris, the “City of Lights,” shines – but alongside its splendor is great squalor. Heroic patriotism rubs against mean ambition, while grand strategy and back-alley conspiracy are never far apart.
While Ethan spies on the French court, his wife, Astiza, works to sabotage Napoleon’s coronation using the Crown of Thorns, a legendary relic said to have come from the Crucifixion itself. But when Napoleon is crowned nonetheless, they flee to England.
At Walmer Castle on the English coast, Gage joins a daring campaign by Smith, Fulton, rocket inventor William Congreve and smuggler Tom Johnstone to halt Napoleon’s intended invasion of England – a campaign which leads Ethan to take a role in the Battle of Trafalgar itself…
Imagine you're standing at the very bottom of the planet. Fierce winter winds howl out of the icescape. The night is illuminated by cold stars. There is no possibility of flight, no possibility of outside aid. The imagine that, among the group of people around you - the people you must work with, live with, and trust with your life - there is at least one killer...
At the Amundsen-Scott research base, winter temperatures can dive to minus 110 F. Outside is the beauty and hostility of the coldest, cleanest place on earth. Inside is the constant throb of generators, the smell of fuel oil, and twenty-six men and women who've come here from all walks of life - an uneasy mix of personalities, specialties, sexual tension, and outright conflict. They are about to become the unwitting subjects of a psychological experiment. One by one, the winter-overs begin to die.
Jed Lewis is the last arrival before winter descends at the South Pole, cutting off all flights in or out. A geologist who has jettisoned a high-paying job with an oil company - a rock hound in a place where there are no rocks - he's drawn into the controversy over the discovery and theft of a meteorite worth millions on the open market. When the meteorite disappears, Lewis is accused. When the killings begin, every bit of evidence points to him.
Suddenly Jed finds himself with only one ally, a woman in a search for community and companionship similar to his own. But even she begins to doubt his motives. And in such an extreme environment, is survival the ultimate test of individual self-reliance? Do humans belong at the Pole?
William Dietrich visited the South Pole as a journalist and weaves the fascinating details of everyday life in that harsh environment into a story about people and their longings and fears. Mixing science, psychology, and creepy adventure, this is a book to make the darkest night seem just a little darker.
"Tightly constructed, fast, and very real...will send chills through you." Austin Statesman Journal.
"Dietrich evokes well the implacability of the Pole, and his detailings of daily life at the base ring with authenticity." Publishers Weekly
"A real psychological thriller" Daily Oklahoman.
"Dark Winter has great characters, beautifully researched science, and an ending that will leave you thinking long after the book is closed. It's a pleasure to read a book as well-written as this one." Douglas Preston.
"An amazingly taut, credible, and harrowing thriller." Lincoln Child.
"A fascinating, pressure-cooker thriller." Larry Bond.
"Dietrich sets a new standard for adventure fiction in this thriller." Abilene Reporter.
"You can tell the author has been there." Booklooms.com.