The Dakota Cipher : Ethan Gage

  • by William Dietrich
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • Series: Ethan Gage
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

William Dietrich is back with another fast-paced new adventure - one that brings together Norse mythology, the American wilderness, and a swashbuckling explorer.Ethan Gage, the hero of Napoleon's Pyramids and The Rosetta Key, just wants to enjoy the fruits of victory after helping Napoleon win the Battle of Marengo and end an undeclared naval war with the United States. But a foolish tryst with Bonaparte's married sister and the improbable schemes of a grizzled Norwegian named Magnus Bloodhammer soon send Ethan on a new treasure hunt on America's frontier that will have him dodging scheming aristocrats and hostile Indians.In 1801, newly elected-president Thomas Jefferson, taking office in the burgeoning capital of Washington, D.C., convinces Ethan and Magnus to go on a scouting expedition - one that precedes that of Lewis and Clark - to investigate reports of woolly mammoths and blue-eyed Indians. The pair have their own motive, however, which they neglect to share with the president: a search for the mythical hammer of the Norse god Thor, allegedly brought by fugitive Norsemen to the center of North America 150 years before Columbus.


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Gage is good

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.

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- Craig H. "I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2."

Not the best in the series but the best performed

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.
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- Michael "Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio