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The Emerald Storm (Ethan Gage #5)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  467 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The year is 1803. Swashbuckling, ribald, and irreverent hero Ethan Gage has outsmarted wily enemies and survived dangerous challenges across the globe, from the wilds of the American frontier to the pyramids of Egypt. 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 rumo ...more
Unknown Binding, 348 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Harper
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After a lifetime of adventuring, Ethan Gage is ready to settle down, retire. He's been mentored by Benjamin Franklin, explored the American west at President Jefferson's behest, spent time in Egypt and the Holy Land with Napoleon, and wrested his wife from Barbary pirates.

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
Benjamin Thomas
The 5th Ethan Gage novel picks up shortly after the events of the previous novel, The Barbary Pirates, and we find Ethan looking to retire on the proceeds of the huge emerald he secured in that last book and live the life of a proper husband and father. However, the fates and his own lust for one last chance to be an influencer of world events have a different course in mind.

His adventures this time around take Ethan to Paris and a final chance to undertake one last mission for Napoleon who is r
D.K. Cherian
And so ends another Ethan Gage adventure. I recently finished The Emerald Storm and I must admit that its been a while since I read the other Ethan Gage books.
To start with, from the looks of the cover, Dietrich and his publishers have realised the popularity and fame of his other Ethan Gage novels and have actually started branding the new books with the words, "An Ethan Gage Adventure" along with a neat caricature of the adventurer himself. Fair enough.
With regards to the story, again Dietric
Bridget Petrella
I loved this book! In the fifth installment of master storyteller William Dietrich’s bestselling adventure series, the swashbuckling, battle-scarred hero Ethan Gage must race from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean to pursue a mysterious Spanish treasure as the fate of England— and of the world’s first successful slave revolt— hang desperately in the balance. The Emerald Storm is the action-packed historical masterpiece that Ethan Gage fans have long awaited. Fans of t ...more
Robin Carter
Ethan gage
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
Greg Z
I'm reading these in sequence, having already enjoyed the first four. My favorite is still the first one, "Napolean's Pyramids," but all of these are very good. William Dietrich is so good at taking odd historical events to new heights of thrills.
Ethan Gage's 5th adventure takes him from the Grande Salons (and saloons) of Paris to a mountain top prison in the Jura mountains in the dead of winter to the Caribbean islands of Santo Domingo (Haiti) and Martinique. WILLIAM DIETRICH has written several stand alone stories besides the six or so in the Ethan Gage series. THE EMERALD STORM (ISBN 978-0061989216, trade paperback) continues Ethan's adventures after his dust up with the Barbary Pirates in Book 4. Ethan is an American soldier of fortu ...more
This was a book I won through the firstreads program. I think I would have liked it more if I'd read the previous Ethan Gage books. I felt like I was missing something the whole time (which I probably was). The story can stand alone, but referred to things that happened in previous books. There is lots of action, historical fiction and mystery all wrapped together in one book.
Rachel Barnes
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find glowing adjectives about Ethan Gage, and William Dietrich’s delightful (there’s one!) series about the pseudo-savant-turned-reluctant-hero-turned-overly-willing-treasure hunter. The Emerald Storm, as with the previous four installments, is a frisky and fun ride through the days of Napoleonic history… although this time, Gage finds himself in the Caribbean hunting down the lost treasure of Montezuma.

At the conclusion of The Barbary Pirates, Gage stole
Kara Jorges
Ethan Gage is back for yet another swashbuckling adventure in the Napoleonic era. Ethan is a married father now, and ready to settle down with his family. He’s got a large emerald to sell to finance his retirement, so he and wife Astiza go to one of Paris’s premier jewelers to sell it, and thereby find themselves in the middle of another adventure when their son is kidnapped. The French authorities believe Ethan’s emerald to be only one small piece of a large Aztec hoard lost somewhere in the Ca ...more
David Ketelsen
I received a copy of this book gratis from the Goodread's Giveaway program.

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
Bernie Charbonneau
Aug 10, 2012 Bernie Charbonneau rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Indiana Jones Adventure Seekers
This is the 5th novel in the continuing adventures of the intrepid "Ethan Gage" by Mr. Dietrich and it is a very good read. Having followed Ethan from the first novel, I always look forward to the next scandalous tale. If you have been following this series then you are aware that Mr. Dietrich has centered his character around Napoleon and the early 19th century.
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
Having not read any of the Ethan Gage Adventures series by William Dietrich, but heard good reviews, I wanted to read his latest book, "The Emerald Storm". Self-proclaimed adventurer, antiquarian and spy in the 1800's, the swashbuckling Gage sounded akin to James Bond with a powder-packed pistol and waistcoat. Page one finds him clinging to the side of a frozen fortress. I was hooked. However, Gage is now a devoted newlywed with a young son; his main goal in life is to settle down with his famil ...more
Cyndi Beane-Henry
***Note this review is from an uncorrected proof, so the actual final print may be slightly different than the reviewed copy.

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
Chris Bauer
I'm disappointed that I chose the latest book in the "Ethan Gage" series to start with. I will definitely have to go back and start the entire series in proper order.

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
Hoping to cash in a bauble from his last adventure and retire, Ethan Gage finds himself forced into another escapade—rescuing the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture from a French prison and gaining the key to a legendary treasure trove.

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.

The Emerald storm is an unusual historical novel. It concerns the slave revolution in Haiti. The historical setting is compelling and authentic. The real characters such as Dessalines well drawn.

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
Book 5 in the Ethan Gage saga is much the same as his previous adventures. A man simply wanting to get the good life. In this case, he is newly married, and just wants to retire from public life with his wife, Astiza, and son Horus "Harry". And naturally things have a way of turning on poor Ethan.

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
Ethan Gage is a sort of reluctant soldier of fortune. He claims he wants to cash in and just live a life of the rich and famous but in fact he loves the danger and adventure of trying to not only outsmart those with the treasures and secrets; he also must outsmart those enlisting he to find the treasures and secrets and he has no problem in claiming alliance to all sides. He straddles the fence and is really only serving himself. This book will take you from the Alps to the Caribbean with lots o ...more
Got this book from a first-reads give away and was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

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
I really liked this Ethan Gage adventure. It was "pedal to the metal" from the first page all the way to the last. As usual, Ethan manages to get himself into and out of one mess after another. Characters both friendly and not abound and help move the story at a brisk pace. Look for several surprises along the way. The ending was a good setup for the next book which is already on my bookshelf. I'll be picking it up sooner rather than later. Recommended.
Kurt Edwards
This book came to me through a Goodreads giveaway. I liked this book and the characters. I didn't realize that the book was part of a bigger story which involves the same main characters. At first it took time to get going with the book because I felt like I was missing a back story. When I realized I was missing a back story since this is the fifth novel in this story, I was able to settle into it and began the adventure in earnest. This book is a stand alone novel and it is not necessary to re ...more
Russell Stoewe
I am continually impressed with William Dietrich's ability to turn a phrase and imagine a scene. He has a certain flair for dramatic and sarcastic dialogue that makes him the ideal scribe to write Ethan Gage as a likeable rascal.

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
Deon Stonehouse
This swashbuckling adventure series is great fun to read! Ethan is always in the most dire of difficulties, he is very resourceful in his escapes. Dietrich writes interesting stories spiced up with humor and thrills. Emerald Storm has Ethan carting around a stolen emerald with a long line of people willing to hurt him to take possession of the treasure. After a meeting with Napoleon, Ethan is thrown into cahoots with the Brits and sent to rescue Toussaint L’Ouverture from a prison in the French ...more
I did not read books 1-4 in this series so my review is based on reading book five only. Liked it, swashbuckling adventure, Pirates and spies and napoleonic wars. My kind of genre. Style was odd, hard to get used to at first. Protagonist was annoying at times but after you became accustomed to his unashamed lechery it was less so. This had the style and feel of a young adult story but adult themes and content which felt out of place.
Toni McKilligan
Cliff-hanger alert! I fell in love with Ethan Gage about a year or so ago when I stumbled upon one of his earlier adventures. Since then, I have looked eagerly forward to each new book I find and read it with the enthusiasm of the arm-chair adventurer that I am. In other words, I lap them up. Far too late, Ethan finds himself betrayed as he searches for and finds the lost treasure of Montezuma. Encouraged by the emerald he stole in Egypt, Ethan set sail for Haiti with his new bride Astiza to loo ...more
Ken Turk
While it was still enjoyable, the Emerald Storm was probably my least favorite Ethan Gage novel. Normally, the protagonist of these stories seems to drive the action and the plot forward, but this time it felt like Gage was just sort of along for the ride through history. The tone was also much more serious and less whimsical than previous books in the series. I missed the devil-may-care, flies by the seat of his pants Ethan and hope he returns in the next book.
It's 1803. Ethan Gage is in Paris with his beautiful and intelligent wife Astiza and son Harry. He wants to sell an emerald that will enable him to retire in comfort and enjoy life with his new family back home in America. But fate will not allow it.

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
Kelly Such
I had not read the previous books, so I picked up in the middle. I did not love this book. The first half dragged for me and I really could not get into it. Part 3 was interesting and I was able to get through the remainder of the book.
Donna Jean
This is a first reads selection and I think I might have liked it better had I read the previous books in the series. Much of the plot seemed far-fetched. Ethan Gage, the hero, reminded me of an accident waiting to happen, but not successfully humorous. Fortunately, he seems to have more than his share of luck. Perhaps the characters are better developed in the earlier books. In a few places the action seemed to bog down, and I became impatient for the plot to thicken. The Emerald Storm is defin ...more
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William Dietrich is a NY Times bestelling author of the Ethan Gage series, seven books which have sold into 28 languages. He is also the author of six other adventure novels, several nonfiction works on the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, and a contributor to several books.

Bill was a career journalist, sharing a Pulitzer for national reporting at the Seattle Times for coverage of t
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