The Barbary Pirates: An Ethan Gage Adventure (Ethan Gage Adventures)

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9780061568077: The Barbary Pirates: An Ethan Gage Adventure (Ethan Gage Adventures)

During the roiling era of Napoleon's reign, American adventurer Ethan Gage is in a desperate race with the Barbary pirates - and with his Egyptian Rite nemesis Aurora Somerset - to rediscover and control the mirror of Archimedes: an ancient super-weapon that legend contends burned a Roman fleet. In 1802, this death ray could tip the balance of power in the Mediterranean, and Ethan must stop the pirates from using it against American, English, and French fleets. Beginning in Paris, the dashing Gage, with the help of real-life scientists and engineers, must not only rescue his former lover Astiza; he must also save the three-year-old son he didn't know he had. Astiza and Gage's enemy, Aurora, find themselves in a fight to the death, while the infant United States Navy tests its mettle against Tripoli. Delivering the fast-paced adventure, uncanny wit, and page-turning historical excitement that readers have come to expect from the masterful William Dietrich, "The Barbary Pirates" is Ethan Gage at his winningest, most hilarious, and most death-defying!

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"[Dietrich's] most successful novel yet -- a puzzle-laden page turner."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"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

"Attention to those of you who like thrillers to be high-concept, historical and swash-buckling!"--Daily News

"Dietrich works real characters and historical events into the mix, expertly blending fact and fiction. Fans of the earlier Gage novels will definitely want to read this one, but the book should be heartily recommended to all action-adventure lovers."--Booklist

Dietrich works real characters and historical events into the mix, expertly blending fact and fiction. Fans of the earlier Gage novels will definitely want to read this one, but the book should be heartily recommended to all action-adventure lovers. --Booklist"

Gage has many of the same moves as the late George MacDonald Fraser s irresistible anti-hero, Sir Harry Flashman. --"Sacramento Bee""

What a surprisingly fun book! . . . I normally don t read historical fiction . . . but "The Barbary Pirates" has shown me what I m missing and has me wanting to go back and read the previous Ethan Gage novels! --Sporatic Book Reviews"

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"

[Dietrich s] most successful novel yet -- a puzzle-laden page turner. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

Attention to those of you who like thrillers to be high-concept, historical and swash-buckling! --Daily News"

Dietrich is an excellent writer, and fun-loving, amoral, and occasionally deadly Ethan Gage is a compelling hero who tries hard to do the right thing if only he wasn t so easily distracted by temptations. An action-filled romp that s both historically accurate and great fun. --"Library Journal""

"Dietrich is an excellent writer, and fun-loving, amoral, and occasionally deadly Ethan Gage is a compelling hero who tries hard to do the right thing--if only he wasn't so easily distracted by temptations. An action-filled romp that's both historically accurate and great fun."--Library Journal

"Gage has many of the same moves as the late George MacDonald Fraser's irresistible anti-hero, Sir Harry Flashman."--Sacramento Bee

"What a surprisingly fun book! . . . I normally don't read historical fiction . . . but The Barbary Pirates has shown me what I'm missing and has me wanting to go back and read the previous Ethan Gage novels!"--Sporatic Book Reviews

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American explorer, adventurer, and lover Ethan Gage has braved the sands of Egypt, the perils of the Atlantic Ocean, and the harsh wilderness of early America. Now he finds himself in a desperate race with a powerful band of North African Muslim outlaws. The prize is the Mirror of Archimedes, an ancient superweapon that now, in 1802, could tip the balance of power in the Mediterranean.

Can Ethan rescue his lost love, Astiza, without betraying the cause of his own United States? Can he save the two-year-old son he only recently learned of without allowing the fiendish Egyptian Rite to dominate the world? And when the sun rises on the Mirror of Archimedes, will everything Ethan cares about go up in flames? Racing from the brothels of Paris to the canals of Venice to the dungeons of Tripoli, Gage will face his ultimate reckoning on the high seas--as he battles to prevent the destruction of the American, English, and French fleets at the ruthless hands of . . . The Barbary Pirates!

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