The Dakota Cipher (Ethan Gage #3)
Ethan Gage wants to enjoy the fruits of victory after helping Napoleon win the Battle of Marengo. But an ill-advised tryst with Bonaparte's married sister has made that impossible. And the fantastic schemes of the wild Norwegian Magnus Bloodhammer soon have Ethan dodging hostile Indians on America's frontier.
With President Thomas Jefferson's blessings, Ethan and Magnus...more
For those of us who love George MacDonald Fraser's "Flashman" series, and are lamenting the author's passing, reading William Dietrich's "Ethan Gage" books is a hell of a good way to wean yourself off of old Flashy, may he rest in peace.
This is not...more
Many reviewers compare Ethan Gage to Indiana Jones albeit at an earlier time period. While both characters are rakish adventurers who utilize a knowledge of science and history to further their fortune and glory habit...more
If one remembers, Ethan should be considered an adventurer in the 1800's. He is from America and a disciple of Benjamin Franklin. Full of wanderlust, Ethan finds himself in France and becoming a member of Napoleon's entourage. He is enlisted as a spy and provides information concerning the English. He falls into the hands of the English and becomes a spy for the...more
This was very enjoyable to read, as it was a rousing adventure, had plenty of intrigue, and the historical details given by the author to historical figures (Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson, etc.) and historical locations is just brilliant. The details add a reality to the book, that helps with the suspension of disbelief.
The main character, Ethan Gage, is shallow and things happen to him by accident. Granted that's the point, but every so often he does something clever (and not by accident) which makes me yearn for more.
The book obviously sets up a larger payoff in the future, but I h...more
I'm not so sure why I care so much about the character, who is Forrest Gump meets Indiana Jones, perhaps the answer is that the historical aspect of this clearly well-researched novel is more than enough for me to suffer through the travails of the idiot hero who only cares about getting laid. Why Astiza fell in love with this loser is a true mystery, especially since she seems so much more evolved as a person, but s...more
There is good information about travel in the fur trade days and regarding aboriginal groups of the time. Were I an attractive female character I would not want to be involved with Ethan Gage as he usually makes sexual use...more
This is a fun read, along the lines of the Davinci Code and Indiana Jones. A globe-trotting adventurer and womanizer is swept up in historical events such as Napoleon's march on Italy and newly-elected President Jefferson's interest in the "wild west." He goes on a journey with a one-eyed, flaming haired, Norseman who is looking for Thor's Hammer in Louisiana. Pretty silly stuff.
Bill was a career journalist, sharing a Pulitzer for national reporting at the Seattle Times for coverage of the Exxon Vald...more