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The Rosetta Key (Ethan Gage #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,995 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
“An utterly captivating romp from the treacherous tunnels beneath Jerusalem to the lost City of Ghosts (Petra, Jordan) to the tumult of revolutionary Paris….Dietrich spins a merry magical mystery tour, winningly intricate and anchored to actual historical figures and events….Mr. Spielberg! Mr. Lucas! It’s your move.”
Seattle Times
Dashing and courageous American adventurer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2008)
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Lewis Weinstein
I enjoyed book 1 in this series but not this one ... it is a bad imitation of Indiana Jones
Benjamin Thomas
This is the second fast-paced rollicking historical adventure featuring Ethan Gage. A former student of Benjamin Franklin, Gage has survived the adventures recounted in Napoleon's Pyramids and has now engaged upon a search for a legendary Egyptian scroll, the Book of Thoth, in the Middle East. The action takes place among the backdrop of Napoleon's 1799 campaign along the coast of Palestine as he tries to emulate the success of Alexander the Great and make inroads to Asia. Ethan and his cohorts ...more
This book has it all: Indiana Jones-type escapes, the Knights Templar, Petra, Napoleon... all topped off with bad writing and plotting. If you absolutely love this genre, well, I'm sure you'll like the book.
Dorothy Caimano
Feb 21, 2011 Dorothy Caimano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Indian Jones type of story set in Egypt, Israel and France, late 19th century. Entertaining. Suspend disbelief before opening the book.
Another exciting Ethan Gage adventure! Just a heads up: this is the second Ethan Gage saga, so there may be spoilers to Napoleon's Pyramids in this review.

I'll admit: it took me a minute to warm up to these books. I thought that Ethan Gage was a bit pretentious and the story a little implausible in the first book, and had trouble getting past that. BUT once you decide to just sit back and enjoy the ride, these books are such fun! Yes, Ethan is still a bit pretentious, but I think that's at least
Aug 07, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This sequel to Napoleon's Pyramids is another action packed, fast paced adventure story. I enjoyed this second story of American adventurer, Ethan Gage, and his misadventures. The ending of the book leads the reader to believe that there will be further stories of Ethan. I look forward to the next one.

Ethan Gage accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte to Egypt in Napoleon's Pyramids. Now Ethan is trying to find out if Astiza, the Egyptian woman he has come to love, survived a fall from a hot air balloon
Dec 29, 2014 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An American gambler and adventure continues his adventures in the middle east as he continues his search for the ancient Book of Toth while being captured by Napoleon's forces and escaping, searching under the dome of the rick in Jerusalem defending Accra from the French attackers, finding and losing love and generally having a rough time.
Steven Kent
A vigorous tale that wraps Napoleon's African conquests, the Rosetta stone, and a former apprentice of Benjamin Franklin into a tale that mixes history and light science into an adventure that is somewhat reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie.

Ethan Gage, an adventurer with a taste for exotic women, races against the French in search of ancient mysteries which hold the fate of the world.
Iris Anthony
Apr 08, 2014 Iris Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series! The author is a genius at never going where you think he will...or want him to.
Grettel Perez

Libro entretenido, buscare Las Pirámides de Napoleon, donde leo inician las aventuras de Ethan Gage.
Sep 19, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as some other thrillers i have read.
Feb 26, 2017 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should only read this after reading Napoleon's Pyramids first. Continues on with historical events and facts bent a little out of shape, and the unbelievable escapades of Ethan Gage. Still, enjoyed it to the end.
Belva Shelor
Jun 05, 2017 Belva Shelor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This is such a good adventure series. Love the ties to Ancient Egypt
Rachel Parham
There is a reason why we have escapism in literature (and in movies, TV, etc…). Sometimes it’s great to just sit back and have fun.

And that is what Ethan Gage is all about. Pure, unadulterated, engaging fun. The Rosetta Key picks up right where Napoleon’s Pyramids left off. Gage and his lady love, Astiza, discovered secret chambers beneath the Great Pyramid, where the long-lost Book of Thoth – an ancient source of unlimited wisdom and power – once resided. Believing the Book was carried out of
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 Francis Gahren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
In “Napoleon’s Pyramids,” American adventurer Ethan Gage learned that a secret book powerful enough to change world history had been spirited out of the Great Pyramid. In this sequel, set during Bonaparte’s 1799 invasion of the Holy Land, Gage is back, pressed into an agent’s role for the British as he searches for the mysterious Book of Thoth and word of the final fate of his lover Astiza and his rival, Count Alessandro Silano.

Once again, a fascinating military episode of world history is combi
Christine Keleny
I picked this book up just by chance. I needed a new audio book to listen to and I have liked the adventure stories, aka Indian Jones series, so I thought I'd give this a try.

Genre: Adventure (#2 in the Ethan Gage series - I didn't read #1)

Blurb: (From Goodreads) Surviving murderous thieves, a nerve-racking sea voyage, and the deadly sands of Egypt with Napoleon's army, American adventurer Ethan Gage solved a five-thousand-year-old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion. But the danger i
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Sadly, "The Rosetta Key" didn't hit the high bar. There are three requirements, in my opinion, that an exceptional adventure novel should possess. 1. A well-developed, affable protagonist who has unique identifiable personality traits and characteristics in which to draw the reader into his/her quest as a sojourning ally. 2. The action should be congruent and fluid, ever heightening without redundancy, propelling the reader enthusiastically along towards a climatic resolve. 3. Show me, don't te ...more
Apr 21, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rosetta Key has the flavor of an Indiana Jones type movie. I didn't read book one of the series and perhaps I would have appreciated book 2 better had I read that first. Regardless, it was a good book but not a great book. Ethan Gage is the main character. He calls himself a savant. He is an adventurer in the late 1700s. He finds himself in Egypt and Israel in search of the book of Thoth as well as his lost love (from the previous book) Astiza. Although the book was an okay read, I probably ...more
I loved this book. Great adventure woven from history, think Indiana Jones in the Napoleonic Wars! This latest book takes place almost entirely in Egypt in the year 1799 and Napoleon is in the midst of his invasion of Israel. Ethan Gage is our hero and is in and out of trouble so fast and often it is hard to keep up with his sometimes hilarious and always stunning escapes. Here we have a classical treasure hunt in the deserts of Egypt. The book is historically very accurate, and the treasure may ...more
May 15, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the eastern Mediterranean of 1799, this is the story of gambler and adventurer Ethan Gage. At the end of the previous book, he found himself on a British ship heading for the Holy Land. He agrees to help the British slow down, or stop, Napoleon Bonaparte’s coming invasion (the British don’t give him a choice). In the meantime, he continues to look for the Book of Thoth, an ancient scroll of great power that Moses supposedly stole from Egypt, and brought to Jerusalem.

Gage is an American an
Paul Pessolano
Feb 21, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to "Napoleon's Pyramids" which should be read before "The Rosetta Key". Both books are historical fiction and provide an exciting romp through history. The books are full of factual historical data that is interfaced with comedy, romance, and action.

Ethan Gage is a displaced American in France during the time of Napoleon. He is an adventurer with a flair for life. He is constantly getting into trouble and by some means always finds his way out. He must change his allegience from
Sep 15, 2016 Jackie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
One of the best examples of why Mary Sue characters are intolerable. One of the worst examples of enjoyable adventure reading.
Jun 22, 2008 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Da Vinci Code lovers
This is a sequel to Napoleon's Pyramids (which I think is coming out as a movie in the next few months). I never read the first one - big mistake. Granted the author keeps referring to what had happened to these characters earlier - so I was caught up.
This is a Da Vinci Code type book - people are searching for an artifact all around the world. This artifact will change the world.
With all of that, and the battle scenes and the romances, it was not all that interesting. They're searching for the
J. Else
Oct 20, 2010 J. Else rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really tried to read this book. Pegged as an "Indiana Jones-like adventure," I really wanted to like it. The title sounds great! Unfortunately, I did not realize when I got it from the library that it was book 2 in a series. Yet unlike other serial books, this book does not adequately sum up what happens before so readers can be up to date on the present storyline. I read "Hand of Isis" which is actually the second book of that author, which relates back to her previous, "Black Ships." ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who need a fun, quick read
A fun read, in the manner of the Da Vinci Code and the multiple other historical thrillers that have become so popular. This one is a bit different in that it takes place in the 17th century instead of the present day, and features an American adventurer who runs all over the Middle East and Europe. He escapes from all manner of danger and battles in inplausible fashion. And for some reason, those in power love him in spite of his many changes of side. He also falls in love with and has fall in ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's not bad. But got a bit samey as it went on. You know how it goes - man loses woman, man finds woman, man rescues woman. Man survives a massacre, man gets captured again and switches sides. Senn and heard it all before.

This book is the second of a series concerning the American adventurer Ethan Gage.

The actual prize - the so-called Book of Thoth - doesn't actually do anything to or for anybody. I suspect if this book relied on this alone then it wouldn't work. There's plenty of action
Iowa City Public Library
If Napoleon’s Pyramids evoked Indiana Jones (and it did), what could be more natural than a sequel? Or two? American expatriate Ethan Gage, former assistant to Benjamin Franklin, having survived all manner of peril, now finds himself on a quest for the Book of Thoth, the key to, oh, immortality, bending the will of others to your own, alchemy, and a good deal more. Naturally, bad people want the book as much as he, and are willing to kill to get it.

The action is nonstop–poisoning, attacks by lio
Apr 19, 2014 Renata marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-by
A Chave de Roseta baseia-se em um episódio real da assombrosa carreira do general francês Napoleão Bonaparte, combinando os primórdios da ciência da eletricidade e os ensinamentos de Benjamim Franklin sobre o Livro de Tot, os templários, o misticismo judaico e a Pedra de Roseta. Segundo matéria do Seatle Times, “ para aqueles que acham os livros de história maçantes e enfadonhos, Dietrich tem o antídoto”. E para quem gosta de romances históricos, A Chave de Roseta é o companheiro perfeito. Novam ...more
(Copied from my review of Napoleon's Pyramids) If you're a fan of Indiana Jones, the Da Vinci Code or National Treasure, you'll definitely enjoy the Ethan Gage series. They're very good potato chip books - hard to have just one, but not much nutritional value.

That having been said, they're a really good, quick, fluffy read.

If you're looking for the Godiva chocolate of historical treasure series, I recommend The Eight by Katherine Neville or the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
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