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Napoleon's Pyramids [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

William Dietrich
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Book Description

12 Sep 2011
What mystical secrets lie beneath the Great Pyramids? Traveling with Napoleon's great expedition, American adventurer Ethan Gage solves a 6,000 year old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited; Unabridged edition (12 Sep 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0857353764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857353764
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 18.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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'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*) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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William Dietrich is a novelist, Pulitzer-winning journalist, historian and naturalist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking adventure 13 Jan 2011
The title suggests there may be a "for fans of the Da Vinci Code" motto somewhere amongst the blurb and it's a relief to report that there isn't. Bernard Cornwell has given this book his approval though so that's got to be good, and indeed any fans of Cornwell's will not be disappointed with this. Sure there are the almost statutory links to the freemasons and cliche follows cliche with lots of derring-do and unlikely escapes and coincidences, but somehow, for me, it hangs together well and complies with all that is required for a light-hearted page turning adventure.
It's a bit like Flashman meets Sharpe to be honest; there is more light hearted japery in this book than in Cornwell's books and more blood and guts action than in Flashman though, so it straddles the divide nicely. I can't vouch for the historical accuracy or not and the story veers off into some more "fanciful" areas in any case, but it stands up well against Dan Brown and his ilk as you don't have to suspend disbelief too much.
It would appear that this book came out in the States three years ago so hopefully the follow ups will come out pretty soon as I for one am waiting eagerly for the next installment. This book won't win any literary prizes but is a good and engaging thriller, just right for dark winter nights or for the beach if you want to wait for summer to enjoy it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller 25 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really great surprise, i like the odd trashy thriller, something to give the old brain a rest between some of the more challenging reads, an a good thriller is usually the way to go.

What should you expect, lots of the usual cliches, and yes this book has them, lots of the usual OTT action that any sane person would either avoid or die in, but our hero survives, but that's not the point of these books, the point is to be OTT and to thrill and excite and this book covers that in spades. It also lends a little more credibility that the average thriller which makes it more readable and it does it without taking it out of the adventure thriller market.

Im really looking forward to more Ethan Gage novels, they make for a fun diverting read.



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Revolutionary Paris, 1798. Adventurer Ethan Gage - gambler, sharpshooter and pupil of the late Benjamin Franklin - wins a mysterious medallion in a card game. Within hours he is framed for murder and, facing the grim prospect of either prison or death, he barely escapes France with his life, choosing to accompany the ambitious young general Napoleon Bonaparte on his glorious mission to conquer Egypt.

With Horatio Nelson's fleet following close behind, Gage sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. But even as he hurtles into war, Gage is pursued by shadowy enemies who seem determined to lay their hands on the baffling medallion, and the powers it could unlock, at all costs. In a race against time and terrain, he must find the answer to one of history's greatest riddles, before it is too late...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised by a great adventure 23 Feb 2011
By orgap
Pleasantly surprised by what an excellent book this is. I read it at first for the historical setting and was dubious about the mystery/thriller element, but Dietrich proved himself as the story went on to be such a good writer - very witty and self-aware - that I was won over by the mystery element too. Ethan Gage is also a great character as the accidental but very winning hero, at times quite indignant about his plight but always scraping through.

I was pleased also by the attention to historical detail - or rather, how well Dietrich fits his fictional hero and story into real events (Napoleon's invasion of Egypt) - and impressed by how Dietrich's language alters from lively & amusing dialogue to quite evocative descriptions of the beautiful landscapes Ethan Gage travels through.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a well written and new historical, adventure, or thriller novel.

Already looking forward to the next adventure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Historical Romp 10 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Back when it was first published I'd dismissed Napoleon's Pyramids as yet another 'hunt the lost artefact' adventure riding Dan Brown's coat tails and as a consequence avoided it. It turns out that initial judgement was completely unfair (although in my defense it was marketed as being a Brown-esque adventure); Napoleon's Pyramids has absolutely nothing in common with The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons or any other Brown potboiler.

For a start this is an outright period adventure. There's no contemporary plot or mere flashbacks to the past; from page 1 to the end the entire story is set in the 18th Century around Napoleon's invasion of Egypt, and it does a grand job of bringing both the period and the invasion to life. William Dietrich, a journalist, is both a gifted writer and a solid researcher. Napoleon's Pyramids is full of wonderful descriptive passages that evoke both Revolutionary France and pre-Colonial Egypt brilliantly, and solid factual detail regarding Napoleon's military escapades and the real-life characters caught up in them.

Around the evocative prose and various true events Dietrich then manages to weave a highly entertaining adventure story that both holds the reader's attention and keeps piling on the twists and surprises right up to the very end. In Ethan Gage he has created an affable, relatable hero; flawed but competent, tough but not super-human. The author also wisely avoids burdening Gage with unnecessary emotional baggage. This is a romp, and as such doesn't demand a tortured hero. Gage might be prone to self-doubt and have something of the rogue about him, but that's as far as any 'edge' goes. On the whole he remains a jocular, upbeat figure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A romp through history
This first Ethan Gage novel was a wonderful discovery. Great style, humour, wit, historical detail and a hero I would go out drinking with any time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - part of a set of books
Fascinating read, dealing with napoleons strategy linked with an ancient Egyptian artefact and the search for power, that has been hidden for many years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Art history, romance and adventure: A delightful find
20% of the way through "Napoleon's Pyramids", I was back on Amazon downloading every book in the series available on Kindle. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great historical novel.
After reading this book I ordered the next (the Rosetta key) one in the series. A fairly well written novel with a good story line. A little slow in places but a good read. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raiders of the lost scrolls
For the first 48% or so of this book (according to my Kindle) this was pretty hard work. I didn't like the protagonist particularly, he seemed virtually indestructible - escaping... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Kenneth F. Mcara
2.0 out of 5 stars Started well but...
This started off as an interesting Dan Brown-esque chase but soon, for me, deteriorated when it went into great (and dull) historical detail about Napoleon's Egyptian expedition. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Action Adventure
I think someone said this is like Indiana Jones, set with a Napoleonic backdrop, and that would be a fair summing up of the plot. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by Roger Cave
2.0 out of 5 stars Indianna Jones Again
This was a disappointing read. It is a book for children with a bit of sex thrown in. The plot has so many holes in it that it should have sunk to the bottom of the Nile along... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by maxdiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and such fun
I only just bought my Kindle and chose this amongst my first downloads because I liked the sound of it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than Dan Brown - and different
I agree with the reviewer who warned potential readers NOT to be put off by the Dan Brown comparison. This book is both better and different. Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by FeatherRuffler
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