The Dakota Cipher

The Dakota Cipher

By William Dietrich

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062191434, 448pp.

Publication Date: April 2012


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 wilderness dodging 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 before as he braves frontier peril en route to the most incredible discovery of all time.

About the Author
William Dietrich is the author of fourteen novels, including six previous Ethan Gage titles Napoleon's Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, The Barbary Pirates, The Emerald Storm, and The Barbed Crown. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Washington State.

Praise For The Dakota Cipher

“Superb. . . . Dietrich combines a likable hero surrounded by a cast of fascinating historical characters. . . . Readers will cheer.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)