Ethan Gage series #5
May 8, 2012 / ISBN 978-0061989209
Historical Fiction / Adventure
by Bob Walch
In his previous adventures Ethan Gage searched for the Rosetta
stone, uncovered Norse secrets in mid-America, hunted for the Mirror
of Archimedes, and utilized Fulton's newfangled submarine to escape
from imprisonment in Tripoli.
How can this adventurer, who was mentored by Ben Franklin, top
these exploits? When Gage tries to sell a precious stone in Paris,
the government steps in to interrogate the American to find out
how he came into possession of the emerald, which is believed to
be part of a legendary, lost treasure trove.
This starts a chain of events that takes Gage and his wife Astiza
to the Caribbean in early the 1800s where the couple becomes involved
in the first successful slave revolt in history as they search for
the treasure of Montezuma. Both French and British agents, who want
the wealth for their own governments are hot on his heels.
This series is set in the aftermath of the American and the French
Revolutions at a time when the Industrial Revolution was beginning
to alter European society. William Dietrich has created a lively
set of adventures for his action hero that takes him from North
America to Europe and North Africa, but also allows Gage to rub
elbows with such real personalities as Napoleon, Touissant L'Ouverture,
Tecumseh, and Thomas Jefferson.
"Each of these books combines thriller pacing and a dash
of comedy with a careful depiction of life and politics in the time
period," explains the author. "The volumes are carefully
researched because Ethan's adventures are interwoven with actual
The goal is twofold: to provide a panoramic portrait
of a fantastic period in history, and to provide a cracking good
read of suspense and revelation."
William Dietrich has achieved his goal in both counts! If you
enjoy thrillers with exotic settings, featuring an authentic, historical
backdrop, this is a series you'll want to become familiar with.