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The Emerald Storm (Ethan Gage #5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  710 Ratings  ·  90 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
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Harper
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Pamela Mclaren
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
An American adventurer by the name of Ethan Gage, newly married and with a young son, is once again drawn into madcap adventure by both the French and the British. Napoleon Bonaparte wants something as does the British and both draw him into more troubles the further he goes, even to the Caribbean to pursue a mysterious treasure and involvement in the slave revolt happening in Haiti.

I'll make sort work of this — madcap it was but not really funny. I admit I picked this up hoping for way more th
D.K. Cherian
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Bridget Petrella
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
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.
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Lee Thames
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Ethan Gage, an American rogue in the Napoleanic era.

Part Indiana Jones, part McGyver all fun and you learn a little history too.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hate starting a series mid way, but enjoyed this enough to continue it despite that! Am starting back at the beginning now, but I HATE that he lost his wife.... how careless!
Katina stewart
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love adventuring with Ethan Gage. This time was a wild goose chase in the Caribbean looking for treasure. Curious what will come next...after the ending of this book
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another exciting and entertaining installment in the Ethan Gage series!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Eh. Worst of the series
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
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
Rachel Parham
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
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Chris Bauer
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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.

Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Cyndi Beane-Henry
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***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
David Ketelsen
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kurt Edwards
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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William Dietrich is a NY Times bestelling author of the Ethan Gage series of eight 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.

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