Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Emerald Storm-William Dietrich

The Emerald Storm

William Dietrich

Harper, May 8 2012, $25.99

ISBN: 9780061989209

By 1803, adventurer Ethan Gage is ready for some domestication with his wife Astiza and their three years old son Harry after their latest escapades when he rescued them in Tripoli and escaped in that lunatic Futon’s sub (see The Barbary Pirates). He thinks he can pull off retirement due to a valuable stolen emerald he possesses. However, renegade secret French policeman Leon Martel steals the jewel and kidnaps Harry to keep Gage at a distance.

Gage delays retirement as he mounts a rescue of his child with his beautiful wife ably assisting him through her feminine wiles. However complications mount as the French, English and Americans jockey to manipulate Franklin’s worst behaved protégé with each seeking the rumored lost stolen treasure of Montezuma and control of a potential slave revolt in Saint-Domingue.

This is an over the top of the Jura Mountains early nineteenth century thriller starring a swashbuckling avaricious protagonist. Gage is at his best using experimental design equipment as he works double and triple crosses and deftly maneuvers through agents from a host of nations as well as Toussaint L’Overture. This is a fun early nineteenth century non-stop adventure tale.

Harriet Klausner

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