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The Rosetta key: An Ethan Gage Adventure (original 2008; edition 2012)

by William Dietrich

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Title:The Rosetta key: An Ethan Gage Adventure
Authors:William Dietrich
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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The Rosetta Key by William Dietrich (2008)



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A surprisingly enthralling read. I picked it off the shelf because I was intrigued by the first sentence and ended up flying through it in two days! I really love the humor in this as well, I probably wouldn't have liked it as much as I did without it. ( )
  korepersephone | Feb 27, 2011 |
well written ( )
  brone | Aug 18, 2009 |
Set in the eastern Mediterranean of 1799, this is the story of gambler and adventurer Ethan Gage. At the end of the previous book, he found himself on a British ship heading for the Holy Land. He agrees to help the British slow down, or stop, Napoleon Bonaparte’s coming invasion (the British don’t give him a choice). In the meantime, he continues to look for the Book of Thoth, an ancient scroll of great power that Moses supposedly stole from Egypt, and brought to Jerusalem.

Gage is an American and protege of Benjamin Franklin, so he knows something about electricity. He puts his knowledge to use more than once, including during a major French siege of the city of Acre (present-day Lebanon). Gage switches sides between the French and British, more than once, and not by choice. He cheats death more than once, mostly because there are enough people who hear that Gage is looking for an ancient scroll and automatically think "gold and treasure."

Throughout much of the book, Gage has a big hole in his heart. At the end of the previous book, he watched Astiza, his Egyptian lover, fall from a hot-air balloon into the Nile River, in the clutches of Count Alessandro Silano. They are presumed dead, but Gage has to know for sure. In this story are also Jewish mysticism, the Knights Templar, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, and enough action and narrow escapes to satisfy anyone.

Here is an excellent piece of writing. For those who like their thrillers to be historically accurate and swashbuckling, look no further. This will keep the reader very entertained. ( )
1 vote plappen | May 15, 2009 |
First word of warning – do not read this novel if you have not read “Napoleon’s Pyramids” first because “The Rosetta Key” continues with events from the former book. In case you read this one first (like me : )) then I recommend reading “Napoleon’s Pyramids” immediately afterward.

This novel has everything adventure novels must have – interesting protagonist, even more interesting antagonists, interesting scenery and true historical events as background. Occult societies, ancient mysteries, beautiful women and lots of twists and turns – all of this make “The Rosetta Key” highly enjoyable work of fiction.

Highly recommended. ( )
  Zare | Mar 9, 2009 |
Compared to its sequel, Rosetta Key had more battle scenes and fewer Indiana Jones/National Treasure-type scenes, which I found disappointing. The book can't decide whether it's a historical novel or a literary thriller, just as Gage can't decide whose side he is on. Dietrich seems to be writing with one eye on Hollywood, hoping for a movie contract. This is probably why he throws in a totally needless love/sex interest named Miriam, to add spice to what is, essentially one battle after another, interspersed with a little puzzle-solving. I liked the first book, Napoleon's Pyramids, better. Gage is a fun guy to follow around, very much a likable rogue. I'd like to see a prequel to these books, featuring his mentor, Ben Franklin. He would certainly be more interesting than boorish Boney. ( )
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The possession of knowledge does not kill
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There is always more mystery.

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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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Expatriate Ethan Gage, in the Holy Land to save his former lover Astiza and to search for the revered legendary Book of Thoth, is in danger again as Napoleon's army marches towards Jerusalem.

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