The Barbary Pirates
Followers of the intrepid American naval officer Ethan Gage will be pleased to know their hero has set sail once again in Mediterranean waters. This fourth in a series (Napoleon’s Pyramids, Rosetta Key, and Dakota Cipher being the first three) finds Gage searching for an ancient super weapon, the Sword of Archimedes, possession of which will destroy the ruthless Barbary pirates’ plan of using it on American vessels. Gage is assisted by a number of real life characters, including a young Robert Fulton, who join forces with him on quite a few humorous and bumbling misadventures in their quest. Romantic interest is supplied by Astiza, who catches Gage off guard with the news they have a young son, Horus. A family reunion is delayed by the fiendish pirates as well as by the beautiful and deadly Aurora Somerset of the secret Egyptian Rite.
William Dietrich takes particular pleasure in combining bits and pieces of the ancient world with the Napoleonic era and the coming to maturity of the United States. From its delightful opening in a Paris brothel to its climax in combat at Tripoli, Ethan Gage leads his diverse quirky followers to victory over some equally maladroit villains in 1802.