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Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
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Jun 04, 12

bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, nookbook-read
Read from May 07 to June 03, 2012

This book just did not grab me like I thought it would. The story follows the American Ethan Gage from France to Egypt during the Napoleonic Wars where he meets all the important people from Napoleon to Nelson. I thought the story tried to be too many different things. It tried to be smart with mathematics and historical conspiracy, it tried to be funny, it tried to be suspenseful, and it tried to be an adventure story all at the same time. I never really warmed up to any parts of it.

I simply felt that the story had too many convenient happenings, and that the main character's ability to get into and out of tough spots was simply beyond belief. Also, the main point of the story is Gage's chasing down the myster of a medallion he obtains in the opening chapter, but I didn't feel that the reader could connect with the mystery in the way that say Dan Brown is able to do. Anyway, disappointing, but not a terrible book. I imagine others may enjoy it more than I did.
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