Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich

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“A frothy, swashbuckling tale of high adventure….Escapist fiction at its ultimate.”
Seattle Times

“It has a plot as satisfying as an Indiana Jones film and offers enough historical knowledge to render the reader a fascinating raconteur on the topics of ancient Egypt and Napoleon Bonaparte.”
USA Today
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author William Dietrich introduces readers to the globe-trotting American adventurer Ethan Gage in Napoleon’s Pyramids—an ingenious, swashbuckling yarn whose action-packed pages nearly turn themselves. The first book in Dietrich’s fabulously fun New York Times bestselling series, Napoleon’s Pyramids follows the irrepressible Gage—a brother in spirit to George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman—as he travels with Napoleon’s expedition across the burning Egyptian desert in an attempt to solve a 6,000 year old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion. Here is superior adventure fiction in the spirit of Jack London, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and H. Rider Haggard, and fans of their acclaimed successors—James Rollins, David Liss, Steve Berry, Kate Mosse—will certainly want to get to know Ethan Gage.


About William Dietrich

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William Dietrich is the author of ten novels, including Napoleon’s Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, and The Barbary Pirates. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Washington State.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 403 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dietrich (The Scourge of God, 2005, etc.) is never less than authoritative, but when a storyteller's setting is more interesting than his characters, his novel's in trouble.

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Forget the mummies--there's a really big-time secret under wraps in Egypt's pyramids.

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At the start of Dietrich's superb historical thriller, his swashbuckling hero, American Ethan Gage, who's living in Paris during the waning days of the French Revolution and was once appren

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There, his enemies in pursuit, he fights alongside Napoleon's troops, has lengthy conversations with the feisty general, travels deep into the pyramids, falls in love with a luscious, smart slave girl, and searches for the secret to the medallion.

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William Dietrich does an amazing job with the background of the story and will make the reader feel like they are right there on the streets of Paris and many other places to which this book takes the reader.

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It certainly helps that Dietrich has effortlessly incorporated real historical events, mathematical conundrums, and the general wonder of the pyramids and the region into his story.While Napoleon's Pyramids is not the perfect historical adventure story—a plethora of details often interrupt the ot...

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