The Dakota Cipher
An Ethan Gage Adventure
By William Dietrich
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062191434, 448pp.)
Publication Date: April 2012
Categories: Historical - General
Ethan Gage wants to enjoy the fruits of victory after helping Napoleon win the Battle of Marengo, but an ill-advised tryst with Bonaparte's married sister has made that impossible. So now, with President Thomas Jefferson's blessings, Ethan and a mystic Norwegian, Magnus Bloodhammer, embark upon an expedition into America's western wildernessdodging hostile Indians and a British seductress as they search for the mythical hammer of the Norse god Thor. The prize, which was allegedly carried to North America more than a century before Columbus arrived, leads them across a landscape no white man has yet traversed. Here Gage's skills will be tested as never beforeas he braves frontier peril en route to the most incredible discovery of all time.
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.
“Superb. . . . Dietrich combines a likable hero surrounded by a cast of fascinating historical characters. . . . Readers will cheer.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)