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.