The Rosetta Key
By William Dietrich
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061239557, 352pp.)
Publication Date: April 2008
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Surviving murderous thieves, a nerve-racking sea voyage, and the deadly sands of Egypt with Napoleon's army, American adventurer Ethan Gage solved a five-thousand-year-old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion. But the danger is only beginning. . . .
Gage finds himself hurled into the Holy Land in dogged pursuit of an ancient Egyptian scroll imbued with magic, even as Bonaparte launches his 1799 invasion of Israel, which will climax at the epic siege of Acre. Pursuing Napoleon to France, where the general hopes ancient secrets will catapult him to power, the wily and inventive Gage faces old enemies with unlikely new friends, and must use wit, humor, derring-do, and an archaeological key to prevent dark powers from seizing control of the world.
Entertaining and vividly evocative, The Rosetta Key is William Dietrich at his fast-paced, cliff-hanger best. For lovers of stirring historical adventure laden with intriguing mystery and puzzles galore, The Rosetta Key is a terrific thrill ride not to be missed.
“For lovers of stirring historical adventure laden with intriguing myste ry and puzzles galore, The Rosetta Key is a terrific thrill ride not to be missed.”
-Anacortes Now (WA)
““The Rosetta Key” creates a satisfying blend of military and ancient history, adventure and romance.”
-Newark Star Ledger
A full-bore thriller and who better than Dietrich for an all-out romp with seductive characters, alluring plot, and dynamic historical elements? In this installment in the popular Ethan Gage series, the search is on for the Book of Thoth, an ancient, possibly magical Egyptian scroll.
Exciting and well-written. . . . Dietrich’s latest tale is ripe with rich detail of the Holy Land of the period and its disparate peoples. Fascinating historical and fictional characters and good dialog add to the mix. Offering high adventure and good history, it’s also great fun.
“Entertaining and vividly evocative, The Rosetta Key is William Dietrich at his fast-paced, cliff-hanger best. For lovers of stirring historical adventure laden with intriguing mystery and puzzles galore, The Rosetta Key is a terrific thrill ride not to be missed.”
“In recent years he turned to writing historical novels, successfully redirecting his knack for summarizing complex historical events quickly in clear, concise and interesting terms. His painstaking research and eye for detail allows him to bring characters and their surroundings vividly to life.”
-Anacortes American (WA)
Fast moving. . . . The descriptions of the myriads of cities and landscapes and cultures that Gage encounters are marvelous and filled with color. . . . The Rosetta Key is action packed, reads easily, and is ideal for the big screen.
-Historical Novels Review
” An electrifying combination of battles, exotic landscapes, and colorful characters who really lived.”
-International Thriller Writers Blog
“The prize-winning journalist/novelist, who lives in Anacortes, brings back the explorer hero from his popular adventure saga, “Napoleon’s Pyramids,” for a fast-paced sequel in which he continues his globe-trotting search for an Egyptian scroll reported to have magic properties.”
“Does the late George MacDonald Fraser’s irresistible anti-hero, Sir Harry Flashman, have some competition? We hope so.”
Ethan Gage undergoes further life-threatening adventures in this rollicking sequel. . . . Ever the incorrigible gambler and all-around scamp, Gage makes an irresistible anti-hero. The ending promises more volumes in what one hopes will be a long series.
“Sit down, suspend disbelief, and enjoy Dietrich’s fabulous romp through history.”
“Historical fiction meets thriller here, with plenty to interest fans of both genres. The action is nearly nonstop, the humor is plentiful, and the intrigue is more than enough to keep the pages turning.”
-School Library Journal
“The Rosetta Key is a fast-paced thriller that races between the Holy Land and the New World.”
“An utterly captivating romp. . . . Dietrich spins a merry magical mystery tour, winningly intricate. . . . It’s the history that grabs you, rewritten as a pulse-pounding cliffhanger action flick. . . . Mr. Spielberg! Mr. Lucas! It’s your move.”
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