Napoleon's Pyramids

Napoleon s Pyramids 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 actio

  • Title: Napoleon's Pyramids
  • Author: WilliamDietrich
  • ISBN: 9780060848323
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 brotA 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.

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    1. This is a fast-paced, fun-and-danger romp through Europe and Egypt in the time, and in the company of, Napoleon. Great fun, would make a wonderful film. Ethan Gage is a free spirit, a gambler, an American, formerly an aide to Benjamin Franklin, possessor of one of those newfangled American long rifles. After winning an intriguing medallion in a card game, his life becomes a little too interesting, as he must flee for his life, avoiding newfound enemies and acquiring friends (one in particular of [...]

    2. Through most of Napoleon's Pyramids I wavered between irritated and fascinated. Though I ended on the intrigued side, there was enough wrong with this story that I'll probably not read more of the series.By now the Freemasons must be amused or bemused by all the free "publicity" they're received from Dan Brown, "National Treasures", and books like this. In some ways Dietrich did a fine job of weaving half-remembered history and total fabrication into a conspiracy theorists dream of ancient secre [...]

    3. I see this book has not been rated very highly, so I thought I would throw in my opinion. I read for pleasure pure and simple. At the risk of sounding shallow, I'm not looking for meaning, although it's nice when I find it. I just like a great story which allows me to escape from life for a while. I must admit I am sucker for a great adventure story. As a fan of outsider protagonists I find Ethan Gage refreshingly new, while familiar at the same time. The historical setting also lends a familiar [...]

    4. While all of the ingredients were there for this book to an exciting and captivating story, it fell well short. I had a hard time maintaining interest, at times forcing myself to continue in the hopes that something with such an interesting premise would gel and become compelling. Unfortunately, it never gelled for me.Napoleon’s Pyramids is a historical adventure/mystery that roams from post-revolutionary France to Egypt. Sprinkle in references to Ben Franklin and Napoleon and it sounds great. [...]

    5. I picked up Napoleon's Pyramids as a Friday freebie on the Nook a few weeks ago. It's not the sort of thing I would normally pick up in the bookstore, but it turned out to be quite entertaining.Napoleon's Pyramids is historical fiction set during the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt, which is probably evident from the title. Napoleon took a number of "savants", or scientists and philosophers, along with him on the journey; their job was to investigate the Great Pyramid and the other various bits of [...]

    6. I've got to admit that while reading "Napoleon's Pyramids," I enjoyed the adventure. It wasn't until I had a chance to think about the book that I realized it was a mess, a pastiche of ethnic stereotypes, Indiana Jones scenes (right down to step-on-the-right-blocks-or-calamity-will-follow), a muddle of mathematics and Egyptology, and even - wait for it - a call to search for the Ark of the Covenant. OK, the book reads along at a fast clip, with sex, murder, spies, gypsies, sinister Masons, noble [...]

    7. William Dietrich has been a very good author to read. Although I didn't enjoy this book as well as Hadrian's Wall, a bit too technical in spots, he has me wanting to read another by him.

    8. I picked this up as part of a deal at a bookshop having never heard of Dietrich before, figuring 'what the hell, it's worth a shot'. His books have only recently been published in the UK, whilst he has been published in the US for quite some time - and I am really glad that he has been moved across to Britain. A writer of his quality deserves as many readers as he can possibly get. What struck me most about this book was the setting. Normally when I read books that delves into the histories of t [...]

    9. “Indiana Jones Meets the Three Musketeers” is how I’d pitch this novel to a movie studio. Ethan Gage isn’t a trained archaeologist and more of a rogue than Professor Jones—and he encounters plenty of muskets but no Musketeers—but otherwise that high concept pretty much sums up Dietrich’s yarn. The thing is, I like the Indiana Jones movies (all except Temple of Doom) have long been a sucker for Dumas. So I guess it was pretty inevitable that I found myself enjoying this book too.Gag [...]

    10. This is the first in the continuing adventures of Ethan Gage, and American who serves under Franklin and is just sort of wandering around Europe in search of his purpose. He finds it when he wins and Egyptian medallion of great antiquity, and ends up accompanying Napoleon to Egypt as one of his savants to figure out the ancient mysteries, and adventures ensue.I checked this out due to comparsions on to the Flashman Papers, but it's a pale shadow at best. Mr. Gage is far less defined as a charac [...]

    11. This is the first of the Nathan Gage adventure novels and a very enjoyable swashbuckling adventure it is. Ethan Gage is a fictional assistant to Benjamin Franklin and finds himself winning a strange amulet while gambling. This leads to all sorts of adventures as he tries to solve its riddle, including becoming a part of Napoleon's expedition to Egypt as one of his infamous savants.The author does an excellent job of weaving together military and political history, Masonic lore, biblical scholars [...]

    12. Bought at an airport while delayed. It's a quick read. Action packed and fun. It's filled with historical references and a few fun facts about the time period.It's very non stop - Battle, chase, battle, flee, treasure, but too quirky to be believable.If you liked the DaVinci Code Novels or the National Treasure movies, this will be like pornography for you.

    13. Premise of the book seemed fascinating, but I was greatly disappointed. I abandoned it after 60 some pp. Think an 18th century Indiana Jones with every stereotype in the book. Also, the author hopped on the current fascination with Freemasonry -- sterotypes there, too. Potboiler. Boring bit of dreck.

    14. 2.5 stars. Started out great, bored the munchauser out of me throughout most of the rest and then had a good ending.

    15. This is one of those book encounters where you see a novel (and an author’s name) for the first time at Barnes & Noble, and it catches your eye. The graphics of the hard back sleeve compelled me to check it out, then the description of the story pushed me on to purchase. There you have it: a classic case of judging a book by its cover. The subject matter of the Napoleon’s Pyramids struck a chord for me since it dealt with subject matter I’m interested in, and the time and place of the [...]

    16. (view spoiler)[Ethan Gage, «savant» en électricité, désinvolte, et appréciant volontiers la compagnie de jolies femmes et l’argent, gagne lors d’une partie de cartes un médaillon égyptien qui soi-disant renferme des secrets pouvant changer la face du monde. Et il se retrouve, malgré lui, les deux pieds dans une chasse et trésor et à l’homme des plus rocambolesques. Se voyant accusé d’un meurtre qu’il n’y a pas commis, orchestré par Alessandro Silano (qui convoite égalem [...]

    17. Napoleon's Pyramids wasn't bad. Full disclosure: I probably wouldn't have ever picked up this book in a bookstore, but my dad did, and then he passed it along to me after he read it. I'm slightly neurotic and have to read every book that I'm given, and my copy had a blurb on the front that compared it to Indiana Jones. I don't know if it's because I read a lot of (usually shorter in length) YA or if this genre always unfolds this way, but it really felt like there was a very slow start to the st [...]

    18. Desiludido e defraudado. Desiludido porque ficou bem aquém das minhas expectativas: apesar de ser um livro que colhi por curiosidade na biblioteca, tanto a sinopse como os comentários em torno deste romance me convenceram que provavelmente seria uma história interessante de ler. E logo eu que gosto de romances históricosComo eu tive a oportunidade de ler num comentário a este livro, a história anda em torno de um, vá lá, herói, Ethan Gage, que é uma espécie personagem extraída de um [...]

    19. It's okay. Simple escapism with some sense of peril and a bit of historical fact and maths thrown in to attempt to educate as it entertains.To be honest, I just couldn't engage with the lead character - Ethan Gage. He is supposed to be some sort of dashing ne'er do well. Unfortunately, I found him to be a bit whingey and only able to escape situations through blind luck and contrived coincidences. Alright for an easy holiday read, but I won't be revisiting the series.

    20. Think Indiana Jones. We’ve got artifacts embodying ancient wisdom, sought by militaristic megalomaniacs for sinister purposes. We’ve got maybe 400, 000 bullets aimed at our hero, none quite landing. We’ve got booby trapped archeological sites in exotic climes. We’ve got mysterious, evil villains repeatedly trying to assassinate our hero. We’ve got gypsy caravans, sea battles, land battles, spies, hot air balloon escapes, sandstorms, mathematical ciphers, vast conspiracies, sardonic hum [...]

    21. This was a fast paced action packed book. It was an adventure story that is continued in The Rosetta Key. I enjoyed the story, although I believed that the explanations of mathamatical concepts related to the mysteries in the book became a bit tedious at times. Ethan Gage is an American who worked with the late Benjamin Franklin in France. The year is now 1798, and Ethan is back in France with no real direction or purpose to his life. A medallion that he wins in a poker game changes all of this. [...]

    22. This book is a generally fun historical romp through Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. It is forced down your throat as "Indiana Jones in then 18th century", which gets extremely annoying (admittedly, this is only on the cover/jacket/epiloge).It is told in first person, through the eyes of the main character Ethan Gage. The problem is that you never really feel like Ethan is an intriguing character. There are maybe one or two things about him that are intersting, other than that he's just some guy t [...]

    23. Set during Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt, an American student of Ben Franklin gets involved with Napoleon and a scientific expedition that is accompanying his invasion. He has won an item that is believed to be a "key" to mysteries regarding the pyramids and ancient powers, so other persons are hunting him wanting this mystical medallion that he has. Very well-written, the author has actually visited the pyramids and done his due diligence regarding the pyramids and the rather modern mathematical [...]

    24. Eathan Gage accompanies Napoleon Bonaparte on his 1798 invasion of Egypt in this historical novel by William Dietrich. Much of the historical information is fascinating and nicely woven into what is at time a kind of Indiana Jones thriller, complete with wild chases and madcap escapes. The imagined conversations with Napoleon are interesting by themselves as Dietrich has nicely captured the man's personality, I think. The plot wanders a bit and centers on a mysterious object that Gage has acquir [...]

    25. Book #1 in the Ethan Gage Trilogy. Fictional tale of a young American (Ethan Gage). Former aide to Ben Franklin and now in Paris, France (circa 1799). He's wrongly accused of murder and flees to Napoleon Bonaparte's fleet (which is preparing to sail on a voyage of empire-building in Egypt and the Middle East). He soon learns he is being followed by shady characters who want an artifact that he won in a game of cards in Paris. Unbelievable stories surround the artifact and he begins seeking answe [...]

    26. There's nothing heavy here. If you're a fan of Indiana Jones with a dash of pop-sci conspiracy theories, you'll probably like this. I found the exposition wondering about the Fibonacci series and Pi a bit along the lines of "as you know, Bob" discussions between some of the characters, and Dietrich definitely takes liberties with with history, but overall this is a fun, entertaining read. I immediately liked Ethan's slightly self-deprecating humor and his uncomplicated world view. Some of his es [...]

    27. This one took me longer to read than I expected, but it was pretty good. Lots of action and adventure, historical fact and fiction. I can see why many compare it to Indiana Jones. The chapters were a bit long to read on a short break at work, and things got a bit mathmatical from time to time, but over all, I enjoyed this one. It'll be a while before I read the next in the series, but I probably will do so eventually.

    28. Disappointed.I must say I was intrigued by the blurb on this book of a Indiana Jones type story. While the book started off well, I found the middle story to drag and drag. Not until the last 75 pages did the story pick up and move along, inly to end in a cliff hanger for the sequel. I understand that this is a series, but thought there was an end to the first book. At this point I am not sure if I want to spend the time on the sequel, which is on my TBR pile.

    29. This is a fun bit of historical fiction. It uses the events of Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 as a backdrop for a story of mystery, myth, and intrigue. Ethan Gage comes across an ancient medallion in a poker game and promptly is framed for murder. It seems everyone wants his new medallion. The medallion leads him to go to Egypt with Bonaparte and to discover an vast treasure, but can he keep it? Read the book to find out.

    30. Indiana Jones meets the Mummy while trying to solve the Da Vinci Code with Napoleon. If you're in the mood for some historic pulp you may enjoy it. It was fun at times but I was ready for it to be over about 75 pages before it ended. One kind of gets the idea that the author had the screenplay in mind while writing.

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