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The Emerald Storm (Ethan Gage Adventures) [Kindle Edition]

William Dietrich
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In the fifth installment of master storyteller William Dietrich’s bestselling adventure series, the swashbuckling, battle-scarred hero Ethan Gage must race from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean to pursue a mysterious Spanish treasure as the fate of England—and of the world’s first successful slave revolt—hang desperately in the balance.

The Emerald Storm is the action-packed historical masterpiece that Ethan Gage fans have long awaited. Fans of the Indiana Jones adventures, the Sharpe’s Rifles series, and the thrilling works of James Rollins, who himself calls Dietrich’s writing “adventure at its grandest,” will find The Emerald Storm a satisfying, sword-in-hand romp through history—and new readers will discover it as the perfect introduction to the breathtaking Ethan Gage Adventures.


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 708 KB
    • Print Length: 513 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062128434
    • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (8 May 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0068M2HFK
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I'm an American novelist and non-fiction author, with a bestselling HarperCollins series on American adventurer Ethan Gage in the Napoleonic era that has sold into 31 languages. My newest novel, another Ethan, is "The Three Emperors," available May 6, 2014. It is the seventh book in the Ethan Gage series, and follows "The Barbed Crown," published in May of 2013. The paperback version of "The Barbed Crown" will be available in May of 2014.

    My nonfiction works centers on the Pacific Northwest. An upcoming nonfiction book is "The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal In the Wild Nearby," a coffee table book from Mountaineers Press. It will appear September 15, 2014.

    I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter in 1973,sharing a Pulitzer at the Seattle Times for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I also taught for five years at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment.

    I published my first non-fiction book, "The Final Forest," in 1992. It was updated in 2010 to "The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest." It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Governor Writers Award.

    I followed that with "Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River," still in print.

    My first novel, "Ice Reich," came in 1998 and is a World War II thriller based on a real-life Nazi expedition to Antarctica. This bestseller is still available as an ebook.

    My other novels:

    "Getting Back." An eco-thriller set in the Australian Outback in the near future.

    "Dark Winter." A killer is on the loose among the personnel at America's South Pole base. Creepy!

    "Hadrian's Wall." Love, war, and conspiracy during the late Roman Empire.

    "The Scourge of God." A young couple must survive the invasion of the empire by Attila the Hun.

    "Blood of the Reich." A contemporary Seattle woman sees her car blown up and learns of her horrific connection to a 70-year-old Nazi conspiracy that will take her to Tibet and Germany.

    And the Ethan Gage novels:

    "Napoleon's Pyramids." Our American hero accompanies Napoleon's 1798 invasion of Egypt and grapples with pyramid mysteries.

    "The Rosetta Key." Ethan and his companion Astiza are caught up in Bonaparte's 1799 invasion of the Holy Land and his ascension to power in France.

    "The Dakota Cipher." Norse mysteries play a role in a struggle for power on the Great Lakes frontier.

    "The Barbary Pirates." Ethan and his scientist friends find an ancient super-weapon coveted by pirates who are at war with America.

    "The Emerald Storm." A stolen emerald leads Ethan and his new family into peril in Haiti and the lush, perilous isles of the Caribbean.

    "The Barbed Crown." Ethan finds himself a spy as Napoleon prepares to crown himself emperor and France challenges England at the naval showdown of Trafalgar.

    "The Three Emperors." Seeking to reunited with Astiza and his son Harry in 1805, Ethan must survive the battle of Austerlitz and hunt down a medieval machine that can foretell the future.

    Additional nonfiction includes:

    "On Puget Sound." With Art Wolfe photos.

    "Natural Grace." Essays on plants and animals in my native Pacific Northwest.

    "Green Fire: A History of Huxley College." The nation's first dedicated environmental college.

    As you can see, I'm curious about many things. I also enjoy research.

    Travel for my novels has taken me to the Arctic, Antarctic, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Australia, Sicily, Greece, Paris, Britain, Hungary, Tibet...hey, someone's got to do it. I've traveled on a sailboat in the South Pacific, landed on an aircraft carrier, flown in a B-52, visited the South Pole, and been terrified flying with the Blue Angels.

    As a journalist, I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, won National Science Foundation fellowships to Antarctica, and speak frequently on environmental issues. I've covered Congress, the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the environment, science, social issues - even the military. I've traveled frequently for my writing, but live in the Pacific Northwest where I was born. I'm married, with two grown children.

    I live in a house looking out at the San Juan Islands, between Vancouver and Seattle, surrounded by fir, cedar, and hemlock, and sometimes get to watch bald eagles while I'm writing. Connecting with readers is one of life's biggest thrills.

    My website is www.williamdietrich.com.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK & THIS SERIES, ITS GREAT FUN" 14 May 2012
    By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Ethan gage
    A sort of serious Harry Flashman / MacGyver hybrid in the 1800's. A man for whom no mission is to big. Life has changed somewhat since he has changes his personal circumstances, but his need for racing from one sword fight to another, from one intrigue to the next is not diminished.
    As writers go WD is excellent, the plot is fun and well told, couple that with the daring do of Ethan Gage and you the reader will find yourself flicking to the next page and the next and if you're like me looking up to find its 2am and you have work in the morning, wondering if you can squeeze one more chapter in before lights out and not be too exhausted for work.
    Of the 5 books in the series, this isn't my favourite that's the last one Barbary Pirates (but I love pirate tales) what I am amazed at is that given his undoubted ability and the comparisons noted below in the description, how is this man not bigger, how are the books not hitting higher in the charts? Maybe because people don't shout out...so here goes "BUY THIS BOOK & THIS SERIES, ITS GREAT FUN"
    A recommended book and series go buy them
    (Parm)

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    In the fifth instalment of master storyteller William Dietrich's bestselling adventure series, the swashbuckling, battle-scarred hero Ethan Gage must race from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean to pursue a mysterious Spanish treasure as the fate of England - and of the world's first successful slave revolt - hang desperately in the balance. The Emerald Storm is the action-packed historical masterpiece that Ethan Gage fans have long awaited.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Good as the rest 2 July 2013
    By Pete
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I've read all the Ethan Gage novels that have been released on the Kindle and have found each an enjoyable experience. I prefer longer novels, which I class these as and which allow for some long sessions

    I understand other comments which relate to the Flashman series and also see a similarity, which is no bad thing for me as I have been a fan of those for 30 years!

    I also appreciate the fact that the author took time to reply to a few emails I sent him regarding the release of the novels on Kindle
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Ethan Gage yarn 4 Jun. 2013
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    I'm a big fan of Ethan Gage stories in general and for several reasons. First, the character of Ethan Gage is just enough of a rogue to have a lot of appeal. He is flawed and because of that, we can relate to him. Second, the settings are grand and well written. Third the plots are always exciting and full of twists and turns. With "The Emerald Storm" Dietrich again creates an exciting historical novel full of action, humour and typical Ethan Gage fun. This is one of his best yet ...
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    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent adventure series 16 Feb. 2014
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    Ethan Gage continues to entertain in this witty and well researched series. It's a superbly written wonderful romp through history.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Adventure with Some Good History Thrown In 28 Feb. 2012
    By Rick Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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    This is the fifth book in the series. I have read one predecessor, but not all. It does not matter. The book stands alone just fine.

    Ethan Gage is Dietrich's star. An adventurer who just wants to retire with his beautiful wife and son, he gets wound up in international intrigue. This time it leads him to Santo Domingo and its slave uprising while he is trying to find an ancient Aztec treasure.

    The book gets almost silly at times and at other times cutesy. Sometimes, Gage goes a bit over the top with his self-deprecating remarks and observations of others. However, that is made up by a few things that Mr. Dietrich does extremely well. He can really write exciting adventure scenes, of which there are several. There are many humorous observations by Mr. Gage. Best of all, the history that is the backdrop of the story is terrific. The "Historical Note" at the end includes what is factual and what is not. It is a tribute to Mr. Dietrich that what he has to include as fictitious is far outweighed by what is historically correct.

    This is very reminiscent of THE FLASHMAN series, which is a compliment. This is also a book that can be shared with a younger person with an interest in history and swash-buckling.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly executed cliffhanger ending. 6 Jun. 2012
    By Just Trying to Help - Published on Amazon.com
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    If you are looking for a book that has a satisfying conclusion, you need to keep looking.

    Emerald Storm is an action/adventure novel in an historical setting. So, Historical Fiction. As a result we have a fictional character who deals with a lot of nonfiction people who existed in real life.

    I wanted to like this book. I really did. I thought this would be a good summer read.

    This novel is one in a chronological series. Even though I had not read the previous books in the series I was able to figure out the background of the protaganist and the crisis he (and his family) was in.

    The plus side:
    1) it had interesting lessons about the culture and struggles for freedom in Haiti.
    2) it moved swiftly.
    3) it was entertaining until the end.

    The negatives:
    1) The book is a little wordy, with the author using 4 adjectives when one would do.
    2) The book ends on a cliff hanger without resolving important plot points. Sometimes a cliffhanger ending can be good, but in this case the author poorly executed the cliff hanger ending so that the end of the book was too much of a letdown. For a cliffhanger to work, you have to resolve something, solve a mystery, answer a riddle, and have some sort of appropriate denouement. I felt what the author did do, didn't work...

    Am I interested in reading the next book? No. After the disappointing last chapter, I'm not interested in the rest of the series. Which is why I felt the cliffhanger ending didn't work. It should have made me eager for the next one. Instead I felt like I just wasted time.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Failing by Formula 11 Jun. 2013
    By fredtownward - Published on Amazon.com
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    All Ethan Gage wants now is to settle down and retire with his new wife and young son on the proceeds of a large emerald he "obtained" during his previous adventure The Barbary Pirates, but his emerald is stolen and his young son is kidnapped by renegade French police in order to force him to search for the legendary lost treasure of Montezuma his emerald is believed to have come from originally. Doing so requires he and his wife to accept the help of British agents who wish to deny this great treasure (and its rumored secrets of ancient flying machines) to Napoleon and to strip France of its formerly richest Caribbean colony St. Dominique by helping the slave revolt there to succeed.

    IMHO this book pretty well crystallizes the problems with this series, both those present from the beginning in the as yet unread by me Napoleon's Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, and The Dakota Cipher and those stemming from more recent changes to the character of Ethan Gage from swashbuckling rogue to husband and father. In the former category, since Ethan Gage is not allowed to change history, he is absolutely doomed to failure any time he tries. Thus, only historically ignorant readers could have believed for a moment that Ethan's attempt to rescue the Washington of the Haitian slave revolution, Toussaint Louverture, from the French prison of Jura would end in anything but failure. IMHO if you are not going to allow your historical novel hero to change history (a perfectly defensible authorial decision by the way), then you shouldn't tease the reader by having him repeatedly attempt to do so...

    and fail miserably.

    In the latter category, it is one thing to have your swashbuckling hero face death and injury in all its horrors; it is quite another to have his wife and toddler son do so while you continuously slather your hero with guilt for said endangerment, whether deserved or undeserved. The result is no fun for character or reader alike, and again, I had to force myself to keep reading what became an increasingly unpleasant book.

    I am obligated to read and review the next Ethan Gage adventure: The Barbed Crown, and I am looking forward to my freedom from any more Ethan Gage adventures.

    Note: For those who are concerned about such things, far more respect is given and spiritual power is attributed to the religion of voodoo and to the Egyptian and Aztec pantheons than to pathetically weak Christianity in this novel.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great swashbuckling fun 22 Jan. 2013
    By Michael Cornett - Published on Amazon.com
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    I'm ashamed to think this series has escaped my notice so far. I adored Fraser's "Flashman" series and while Ethan Gage is no equal, it's certainly a worthy diversion.

    Unfortunately, this is the fourth novel in the series, and you're very aware of that as you start as there's tons of references to things that went on in previous books, like the hero getting married and having a kid and wanting to settle down. However, you don't have to have read the previous books for this to make sense.

    Gage, an American operative on the loose in the early 1803, is in the Pyrenees breaking into a fortress to have a word with Haitian rebel leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, only to have to make an escape on a hang glider (!), and then is shipped off to the Caribbean to observe Haiti's revolution first-hand, all the while trying to find out the secret of an Aztec treasure that just might contain the secret to flying machines that will give Napoleon a chance to invade England.

    Sound like fun? It is.

    Flashman was a poltroon, a cad and coward, but at least he was aware of it. Gage, despite his baser nature, is an essentially decent person caught up in a whirlwind he doesn't quite understand or comprehend. He finds himself working for the U.S., England, and Bonaparte simultaneously, and has to juggle his loyalties for self-preservation.

    And as far as I can tell, Dietrich does his research. The portrait of the Caribbean in the days of planters and slaveholders rings true, and the depiction of Haiti in the midst of revolution is compelling and seems accurate.

    An interesting addition to the historical-adventure oeuvre is proto-steampunk technology (like the hang gliders early in the story) and some von-Daniken-esque hints at early hi tech. We'll see how that goes later in the series.

    I enjoyed this book immensely, and am determined to hunt down all the earlier books to catch up. I recommend you do so as well.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good action with interesting characters but a very predictable ending! 18 May 2012
    By G. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    "The Emerald Storm" is a great read for a lazy weekend. There is plenty of action to satisfy the adventure seeker plus there is a little bit of spicy love-stuff going on to satisfy the romanticists. As stated below, it is easily a 4 star book until the final 4 chapters.

    First, let me state that I have read all of Dietrich's "Ethan Gage" books and this one falls no lower than the middle of the pack. It's a very good read but towards the end everything became way too predictable. I found myself skipping over the last 3 or 4 chapters only because I knew exactly how Dietrich was going to end it. The last 20 pages or so held absolutely no suspense for me. The first 320 pages of the book flowed at a brisk pace and kept me interested. If it wasn't for the very predictable ending, I would be giving this book at least 4 stars.

    My personal feeling is that Dietrich's "Ethan Gage" novels will prompt the historical inclined to follow up the Gage books with a bit of research into the factual events that surround Ethan Gage. Dietrich surely has a splendid imagination with regards to weaving an action packed novel around historical people and events. Much like the Flashman series, Dietrich has a way of making one believe that his character actually took part in forging history. One does not have to have read any of the other Gage adventures to become absorbed in this book but it really helps to have a bearing as to how Gage reached this point in time. "Napoleon's Pyramids" is the start of the Ethan Gage series and is a definite read!!

    As usual, I will not concern myself with reiterating the plot because there are so many other reviews that provide this info. I noticed that some people labeled this a one or two star book. I respect that each person has his or her own opinion as it is this kind of diversity that keeps our world interesting. But I wanted to pitch in and say that if one is "on the fence" with regards to reading this book, it is my opinion that it is worth the read.
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