The Emerald Storm (Ethan Gage #5)
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Most intriguing is the descriptions of the motives and attitudes of the slave owners and of the slaves. I have read extensively about slavery and about Haiti in particular and I have not seen such a concise and accurate explanation of the repulsive excuses the slave owners used to justify slavery. This...more
I absolutely adored this book! [I think I know someone who is so like the main character, Ethan Gage!]
This fast paced thriller takes you from Paris to the tropics. From historical characters with names you're sure to recognize to the un-named heroes of an era long gone.
One is swept up with Ethan Gage as he struggles to keep his family together and protect his fortune. Only...more
A sort of serious Harry Flashman / MacGyver hybrid in the 1800's. A man for whom no mission is to big. Life has changed somewhat since he has changes his personal circumstances, but his need for racing from one sword fight to another, from one intrigue to the next is not diminished.
As writers go WD is excellent, the plot is fun and well told, couple that with the daring do of Ethan Gage and you the reader will find yourself flicking to the next page and the next and if you're like me l...more
In this latest book, we are involved with the slave uprising in the Caribbean island of Saint Dominique which as we know today as Hait...more
Dietrich does an excellent job of capturing the feel of the dawn of the 19th century with this work. The protagonist, Ethan Gage, is an American adventurer / treasure hunter and all-around scoundrel with plenty of self-effacing charisma and charm. This work details his efforts to recover both his son and a fabled treasure lost for c...more
Before long, he finds himself a pawn in the hands of both Napoleon’s agents and the British and with his exotic wife, Astiza, and Harry, their toddler, kidnapped as hostages to be exchanged for the treasure and the secret of an incredible new weapon.
I have enjoyed each of the Gage adventures and look forward to the next, if only because it sounds like a return to a more interesting (in my opinion) locale. The Emerald Storm is an excellent tale of flagging loyalties and intrigue in the Caribbean, but the area and its...more
It is an enjoyable...more
What starts as trying to sell an Emerald he procured in the last novel, turns into a wild chanse for ancient Aztec treasures from Montezuma. The allure of flying machines amidst this lost treasure spark...more
This book is very well written. Dietrich has a writing style that makes reading easy and the pages just fly. My only criticism is that I really don't like the main character, Ethan Gage, that much. I think most people would relate well to Gage but I find him too breezy. His cavalier attitude towards danger rubs me the wrong way. But that aside, Gage's ability to keep digging himself further into trouble makes for a great...more
You see, his wife, Astiza, and he have a small son and they are in France to sell an emerald taken from the pirate that had his family.
The adventuring life won't let him go though. He's grabbed bu a rogue French policeman named...more
Before he knows it, his son is kidnapped and he must solve a mystery of lost Aztec treasure to get his son back. The ensuing adventure takes Ethan from the slopes of the Alps to the tropics of the Caribbean.
This is the fifth installment of the Eth...more
It's a swashbuckling adventure starring Ethan Gage. I would characterize him as a 19th century Indiana Jones with less scruples. His allegiances are to himself and his family, but for practical reasons they sway with whoever can aid his cause the most. This leads him to hobnob with some of histories greatest characters, from Dessalines, to Napoleon. He's also got a bit of a James Bond feel to him, only instea...more
This is starting to get frustrating - after 5 books, resolve something!!
Bill was a career journalist, sharing a Pulitzer for national reporting at the Seattle Times for coverage of the Exxon Vald...more