The Rosetta Key: An Ethan Gage Adventure (Ethan Gage Adventures)

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Set in the period between October of 1798 and November of 1799, "The Rosetta Key" continues the story of our hero, Ethan Gage, and his quest for the magical "Book of Thoth." This scroll of wisdom may have been stolen from the Great Pyramid by Moses and carried by the Jews to their new kingdom of Israel some three thousand years ago. Whoever holds it will have the power to dominate the world. The novel also continues the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, retracing his 1799 invasion of Syria from his base in Cairo, his defeat at the Siege of Acre, and his eventual abandonment of his army in Egypt. It follows the general's return to France, where he seized power in a coup in November of 1799. In the story, Napoleon's henchmen seize the Book of Thoth from Gage in Syria. Once back in France, the conqueror uses a hurried translation of key passages to bewitch the French Assembly into approving his accession to power.The Book, it seems, has become Napoleon's magic key, his grail. Ever the furtive thief, Gage manages to wrest the book back (and finally kills the central villain, Alessandro Silano) before Bonaparte can use its powers to assure his conquest of the world. It's then off to America for Gage, who sees his home country as the best hiding place. Where will Gage go from here? Will he hide the beloved key in the wildernesses of the American South? Or will he opt for the cosmpolitan fanfares of Manhattan? "The Rosetta Key" presents William Dietrich at his fast-paced, cliffhanger best, in a tale that joins the Old and New World, the ancient and the modern, the emperor and the absconding explorer. For the many readers who loved "Napoleon's Pyramids", as well as all fans of historical thrillers, "The Rosetta Key" is another chance to marvel at Dietrich's adept storytelling and at the death-defying feats of the inimitable Gage.

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The year is 1799. As Bonaparte's army descends upon Israel, intent upon conquest, American adventurer Ethan Gage finds himself embroiled in an ancient mystery in the Holy Land, searching for a legendary Egyptian scroll imbued with awesome powers. The raffish and resourceful Gage must keep the mysterious document from his enemy, Napoleon—or, failing that, wrest it from him, even if it means pursuing his vengeful adversary back to France. And the wisdom of his great mentor, Benjamin Franklin, will offer Gage no solace should Bonaparte succeed in unlocking the terrible secrets of the Book of Thoth, and seizing ultimate power.

About the Author:

William Dietrich, 55, is the author of the novels HADRIAN'S WALL, SCOURGE OF GOD, and NAPOLEON'S PYRAMIDS, the latter of which also featured the winning protagonist Ethan Gage. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer-winning journalist, historian and naturalist. He is a staff writer at the Seattle Times and lives in Washington State.

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