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Book Review: Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich

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The Pulitzer-winning journalist William Dietrich slams one out of the park with Napoleon’s Pyramids. In revolutionary France, Ethan Gage, expatriate American and assistant to Ben Franklin, finds himself on the receiving end of relentless pursuit by infernal characters coveting a mysterious coin he won in a poker game.

Fearing for his life, and being framed for the murder of a prostitute, he has the choice of prison or the option to take refuge with none other than Napoleon Bonaparte on an expedition to conquer Egypt and unlock the mysteries of the Pyramids.

Bonaparte, in search of more power, uses Gage, this curiously engraved coin, and 167 other scientists and engineers to unlock the mysteries of the ancient pyramids. Wielding a Pennsylvania long-rifle and tomahawk, Gage fights alongside the French in head-to-head battle on swashbuckling ships against the English and in the desert sands of Egypt.

Dietrich uses the flavor of a French backdrop to throw you in with the invigorating American hero Ethan Gage. That weaves a story comparable to the Indiana Jones sagas. The reader will enjoy encounters with a spectrum of rich characters, from scantily dressed hookers to an enchanting Gypsy lover, to Napoleon Bonaparte and to a beautiful servant girl. It was an impressive experience to read an historical novel with so much action and authentic characters.

If you’re searching for a refreshing adventure novel, Napoleon's Pyramids is the one for you, especially if you enjoy history, mystery, and a whole lot of fun.

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  • He is great author and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.