The Barbary Pirates
An Ethan Gage Adventure
By William Dietrich
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062191410, 432pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
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American explorer, adventurer, and lover Ethan Gage has braved the sands of Egypt, the perils of the Atlantic Ocean, and the harsh wilderness of early America. Now he finds himself in a desperate race with a powerful band of North African Muslim outlaws. The prize is the Mirror of Archimedes, an ancient superweapon that now, in 1802, could tip the balance of power in the Mediterranean.
Can Ethan rescue his lost love, Astiza, without betraying the cause of his own United States? Can he save the two-year-old son he only recently learned of without allowing the fiendish Egyptian Rite to dominate the world? And when the sun rises on the Mirror of Archimedes, will everything Ethan cares about go up in flames? Racing from the brothels of Paris to the canals of Venice to the dungeons of Tripoli, Gage will face his ultimate reckoning on the high seasas he battles to prevent the destruction of the American, English, and French fleets at the ruthless hands of . . . The Barbary Pirates!
William Dietrich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist, and the author of eleven novels, including the Ethan Gage adventures. He is a winner of the PNBA Award for nonfiction and lives in Washington State.
“Dietrich is an excellent writer, and fun-loving, amoral, and occasionally deadly Ethan Gage is a compelling hero who tries hard to do the right thing—if only he wasn’t so easily distracted by temptations. An action-filled romp that’s both historically accurate and great fun.”
“Dietrich works real characters and historical events into the mix, expertly blending fact and fiction. Fans of the earlier Gage novels will definitely want to read this one, but the book should be heartily recommended to all action-adventure lovers.”
“Gage has many of the same moves as the late George MacDonald Fraser’s irresistible anti-hero, Sir Harry Flashman.”
“What a surprisingly fun book! . . . I normally don’t read historical fiction . . . but The Barbary Pirates has shown me what I’m missing and has me wanting to go back and read the previous Ethan Gage novels!”
-Sporatic Book Reviews
“As satisfying as an Indiana Jones film and offers enough historical knowledge to render the reader a fascinating raconteur on the topics of ancient Egypt and Napoleon Bonaparte.”
“[Dietrich’s] most successful novel yet -- a puzzle-laden page turner.”
“Attention to those of you who like thrillers to be high-concept, historical and swash-buckling!”