Napoleon’s Pyramids: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich
(Harper, 2007, 376 pages)
Napoleon’s Pyramids: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich is a novel set during Napoleon’s 1798 invasion of Egypt. Ethan Gage is an American adventurer and former apprentice to Benjamin Franklin who is living in Paris. Gage wins an Egyptian medallion in a card game and the fun begins. Count Silano tries to buy the medallion from Gage, but Gage refuses to sell. Instead, Gage joins Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt to try to solve the mystery of the medallion.
Ethan Gage encounters many hazards in this novel. He is accused of murder. Someone tries to murder him. He acquires slaves. He’s involved in battles. He almost dies of thirst in the desert. And he was trapped under a pyramid while being pursued by his enemies.
As of this review, there are 8 Ethan Gage Adventures. Napoleon’s Pyramids is the first of the series. The ending does leave you speculating on what will happen next. The second novel, The Rosetta Key, picks up where Napoleon’s Pyramids leaves off. If you’re looking for an Indiana Jones type series, this series may be the one to read.