The Rosetta key: An Ethan Gage Adventure (Ethan Gage Adventures #2) (Paperback)

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It is 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte is marching across the Middle East to confront history and gain power.

Ethan has his own reasons for being in the region.  When last he laid eyes on the beautiful Astiza she was falling from a balloon into the Nile.  Uncertain if she survived, Ethan knows she was searching for an ancient scroll rumored to be in the Holy Land, Jerusalem seems an apt place to seek her. 

Napoleon is not a man you want to make an enemy.  In the last book, Ethan managed to get on the wrong side of Bonaparte, a dangerous place to be. Of course Ethan will get into trouble! 

— Deon Stonehouse


“An utterly captivating romp from the treacherous tunnels beneath Jerusalem to the lost City of Ghosts (Petra, Jordan) to the tumult of revolutionary Paris….Dietrich spins a merry magical mystery tour, winningly intricate and anchored to actual historical figures and events….Mr. Spielberg! Mr. Lucas! It’s your move.”
Seattle Times
Dashing and courageous American adventurer Ethan Gage returns in William Dietrich’s The Rosetta Key—the thrilling sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s acclaimed Napoleon’s Pyramids. An eighteenth century Indiana Jones, Gage swashbuckles once again, this time in pursuit of a precious Egyptian relic that would give its owner the power to rule the world. The Rosetta Key an adventure in reading that is not to be missed, especially by fans of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novels and aficionados of a grand literary tradition dating back to Jack London, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and H. Rider Haggard, and carried on today by such notables as James Rollins, David Liss, Steve Berry, and Kate Mosse.

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 Rosetta Key creates a satisfying blend of military and ancient history, adventure and romance.”
— Newark Star Ledger

“An electrifying combination of battles, exotic landscapes, and colorful characters who really lived.”
— International Thriller Writers Blog

“Exciting and well-written. . . . Dietrich’s latest tale is ripe with rich detail of the Holy Land of the period and its disparate peoples. Fascinating historical and fictional characters and good dialog add to the mix. Offering high adventure and good history, it’s also great fun.”
Library Journal

“Ethan Gage undergoes further life-threatening adventures in this rollicking sequel. . . . Ever the incorrigible gambler and all-around scamp, Gage makes an irresistible anti-hero. The ending promises more volumes in what one hopes will be a long series.”
Publishers Weekly

“Historical fiction meets thriller here, with plenty to interest fans of both genres. The action is nearly nonstop, the humor is plentiful, and the intrigue is more than enough to keep the pages turning.”
— School Library Journal

The Rosetta Key is a fast-paced thriller that races between the Holy Land and the New World.”
— National Examiner

“The prize-winning journalist/novelist . . . brings back the explorer hero from his popular adventure saga Napoleon’s Pyramids for a fast-paced sequel in which he continues his globe-trotting search for an Egyptian scroll reported to have magic properties.”
— Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Fast moving. . . . The descriptions of the myriads of cities and landscapes and cultures that Gage encounters are marvelous and filled with color. . . . The Rosetta Key is action packed, reads easily, and is ideal for the big screen.”
— Historical Novels Review

“A full-bore thriller, and who better than Dietrich for an all-out romp with seductive characters, alluring plot, and dynamic historical elements?”

“In recent years he turned to writing historical novels, successfully redirecting his knack for summarizing complex historical events quickly in clear, concise and interesting terms. His painstaking research and eye for detail allows him to bring characters and their surroundings vividly to life.”
— Anacortes American (WA)

“Does the late George MacDonald Fraser’s irresistible anti-hero, Sir Harry Flashman, have some competition? We hope so.”
— Sacramento Bee

“For lovers of stirring historical adventure laden with intriguing myste ry and puzzles galore, The Rosetta Key is a terrific thrill ride not to be missed.”
— Anacortes Now (WA)

“Sit down, suspend disbelief, and enjoy Dietrich’s fabulous romp through history.”

“An utterly captivating romp. . . . Dietrich spins a merry magical mystery tour, winningly intricate. . . . It’s the history that grabs you, rewritten as a pulse-pounding cliffhanger action flick. . . . Mr. Spielberg! Mr. Lucas! It’s your move.”
Seattle Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062191571
ISBN-10: 0062191578
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Ethan Gage Adventures