Author: William Dietrich
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 10th January 2011
The first book in the New York Times bestselling historical adventure series.
The world changes for Ethan Gage – one-time assistant to the renowned Ben Franklin - on a night in post-revolutionary Paris, when he wins a mysterious medallion in a card game. Framed soon after for the murder of a prostitute and facing the grim prospect of either prison or death, he barely escapes France with his life – choosing instead to accompany the ambitious young general Napoleon Bonaparte, on his glorious mission to conquer Egypt.
With Nelson’s fleet following close behind, Gage sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. And in a land of ancient wonder and mystery, with the help of a beautiful Macedonian slave, he will come to realise that the unusual prize he won at the gaming table may be the key to solving one of history’s greatest and most perilous riddles: who built the Great Pyramids...and why?
'For those readers who are fans of well written thrillers by Scott Mariani, Andy McDermott, Will Adams, Tom Knox and Steve Berry to mention but a few, will be more than pleased with Napoleon’s Pyramids. It is meatier in content than a lot of what we’ve become used to and it makes no excuse for being a very intelligent thriller, riffing on the Freemasonry legends that so appealed to society back in the day and making use of folklore and mythology and scientific discovery in equal measure with a good dose of occult lore... As we follow Gage on his quest, we encounter epic battles, murderous slave girls who may or may not be in love with him, historical puzzles, Pharaonic curses and yet more battles and hazardous escapes. You do not have the time to get bored of the narrative and the “down time” between action scenes are cleverly utilised to add historical layers to the story. I’m a huge fan of action adventure novels and when they are done well you find yourself not just falling for the main character but also for the writer and you form this loyalty to him/her brand of writing. Well, I hereby swear loyalty to Ethan Gage and William Dietrich. Thank you for creating such a great character, such a no-holds-barred story full of escapism, and for bringing history and the mysteries of the ancient world, into touching distance.'For Winter Nights (reviewed by My Favourite Books blogger)
‘A powerful story which combines mathematics, astronomy, astrology, mysticism and a large does of murderous human greed. It's a terrific read, and I particularly enjoyed the whistle-stop tour through late 18th century history, politics and personalities.’Historical Novels Review
'A magnificent adventure, shot through with mystery…A marvellous tale!'Bernard Cornwell
‘Superb historical thriller...Riveting battle scenes, scantily clad women, mathematical puzzles, mysteries of the pharaohs, reckless heroism, hairsbreadth escapes, and undaunted courage add up to an unbeatable adventure’Publishers Weekly (starred review)
'A big, exciting romp that will keep high concept thriller fans on the edge of their seats.'Booklist
'This work is rousing, swashbuckling fun and proof that a good writer can make history not only interesting but an exhilarating romp. Highly recommended.'Library Journal
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