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If you could sum up The Dakota Cipher in three words, what would they be?
The series is fun. It has some history lessons. It has some facts. It has some fantasy. It has some outlandish characters that are just plain fun.Is this a story/series that will win a Pulitzer? No!Can you have fun listening to this book? Yes!
Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?
Gage is the best. He is fun. He is a cad and a goofball. He knows this and just goes with it. You just have to love him.
William Dietrich captures the large scale of North America in the early 19th century. His villains are ruthless indians and British nobleman + half sister. The sex scenes are not over done and possibly a little wishful thinking but it's fiction. William Dufris is excellent at performing the narration. He is the best thus far and even made the women sound realistic. Napoleon, well the last two narrators (Napoleon's Pyramids & Rosetta Key) made him more real, but lets not get picky.
Good fun action book even though there is some slow parts and the end ties up too neatly for my liking. Meeting famous people makes it a little too Forest Gump or Flashman without the humour or twist of fate.
I downloaded this book looking for good ol' adventure story based in a previous age. The Dakota Cipher is an entertaining story with a legend of a hero, Ethan Gage, a man after as much treasure and as many women as he can, and ultimately a coward with a supersized ego.
This book is full of great characters and exciting ordeals, as Ethan is forced out of his comforts to search for a treasure he doesnt believe exists. It is well written and nicely read, though Dufris starts with a slightly anoying snobish accent, and ends up more down to earth, though I think this works well with the arch of the story and character.
One thing to mention is that this is the third Ethan Gage novel in the series, which i didnt realise until part way through when a word about a previous adventure was mentioned. However, this book works well as a stand alone book, you get a full picture of the main characters and are thrown into a great story, prior knowledge not needed.
This book has made me want to go back and listen to the rest of the series. A very enjoyable listen.