Sunday, August 22, 2010


By William Dietrich
Harper Fiction
380 pages

In the year 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in an obsessive wish to make himself a modern day Alexander the Great. What he did was not so much a great military achievement as much as it an academic watermark for history. As writer William Dietrich marvelously depicts, Napoleon actually help create the archeological science of Egyptology.

It is against these world altering events that Ethan Gage, the protagonist, finds himself ensnared and sent on the adventure of a lifetime. A former protégé of the late Benjamin Franklin, young Gage, a one-time frontiersman, returns to Paris as an entrepreneur with the goal of makingt himself rich. He is acting as an agent between various companies in both the newly independent colonies and their ally France. But this France is one still governed in post-revolution chaos, the memories of the blood stained guillotine still fresh in every citizens’ thoughts.

When Gage wins a very odd looking medallion of Egyptian origin from a luckless soldier in a card game, he soon finds himself the target of deadly, mysterious factions. His favorite brothel mistress is murdered and evidence planted to indict him. A journalist companion suggests he join a group of scientist traveling with Napoleon to Egypt for the grand invasion and Gage is only too eager to accept the protection of the little corporal to evade the Paris police.

Once in the land of the Pharaohs, he becomes even more ensnared in the mystery of the medallion and that of an exotic beauty who may hold the key to its meaning. But is she a friend or foe? Does the medallion contain the means of unlocking the power of the great pyramids and if so, can this power be harnessed by human will? NAPOLEON’S PYRAMID is a wonderful historical adventure and Ethan Gage, surviving by his wits and courage, proves to be a bona fide colonial version of Indiana Jones. The story is a mystery, thriller and historical travelogue all rolled into one glorious package. It is a fun read that delivers what the title promises; an original, one of a kind adventure.


Josh Reynolds said...

Even better, there's a couple of sequels now!

Ron Fortier said...

I just learned that,Josh. Man oh man, I have got to start reading faster. Ha. Thanks for stopping by.

Sean Ellis said...

Thanks for this review Ron. I've been wanting to read the Ethan Gage books for a while now, so the reminder and the vote of confidence is appreciated.

P.M. said...

I have an affinity for novels set during this period. This one sounds pretty cool. Thanks for the review.

Michael Brown said...

Always looking for new thriller books. I got it and and reading it. Starting a bit slow, but we'll see.

Ron Fortier said...

Thanks PM & MB for stopping by.
MB, keep in mind,unlike modern day thrillers, this one deals with another level, an accurate historical background. Hang in there, believe, there's action galore when you hit the meat of the book.