The Dakota Cipher

The Dakota Cipher

An Ethan Gage Adventure

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Hoping to return home after an unwise affair that ended with a bounty on his head, adventurer Ethan Gage teams up with grizzled Norwegian Magus Bloodhammer on a quest to find a legendary artifact that some believe possesses the power to control the weather; an endeavor for which he must locate a tribe of fair-haired Native Americans.

HARPERCOLL

The Dakota Cipher is a supple, elegant thriller that carries the reader triumphantly from one exciting climax to the next.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

Ethan Gage is a fearless adventurer who has crossed paths (and, sometimes, swords) with the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin—and whose unabashed derring do puts even Indiana Jones to shame. Now Gage is back for a third time in William Dietrich’s The Dakota Cipher, an ingenious page-turner that carries our hero to the American wilderness in search of an almost unthinkably powerful ancient artifact. No stranger to thrilling action himself, New York Times bestseller James Rollins, author of Black Order, The Last Oracle, and Altar of Eden, is a dedicated fan of Dietrich’s Ethan Gage novels, and proclaims that, “The Dakota Cipher should be read by anyone who loves adventure at its grandest.”



Blackwell North Amer
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. Can the hammer control thunder and lightning? Is there a core of truth to this myth?
Ethan's journey takes him across the Great Lakes to country no white man has seen, but not before he becomes entangled with a British temptress, a comely captive, a French voyageur, and a landscape as breathtaking as it is perilous.
Ancient Norse runes will lead him to his most fantastic discovery yet - and to wonder, danger, mystery, and sorrow that will test every ounce of wit and skill Gage can muster.

Baker
& Taylor

Hoping to return home after an unwise affair that ended with a bounty on his head, adventurer Ethan Gage teams up with grizzled Norwegian Magnus Bloodhammer on a quest to find a legendary artifact that some believe possesses the power to control the weather.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061568008
0061568007
Branch Call Number: Fiction Die
Characteristics: 355 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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onischuk
Jun 13, 2015

Fabulous tale of swashbuckling adventure capped with believable earthy characters.

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Mar 16, 2013

The Dakota Cipher --- by William Dietrich. Dietrich is one of the best authors writing adventure novels with suspense and action set in the past. One place in time he favours is the start of the nineteenth century. That affords him the opportunity to introduce Napoleon into some of novels. In the Dakota Cipher we are introduced to Thomas Jefferson and a Washington that contains more than a handful of inhabitants. Dietrich bases his novels loosely on historic al fact and so he does here. Pierre Radisson who will become famous in his own rite plays a pivotal role; Lewis and Clark, not yet even introduced to one another briefly, before they undertake their voyage of exploration across the North American continent also grace the novel. Ethan Gage, perennial hero of the Dietrich novels charged b y the president of a young republic to reconnoiter the French lands west of the Mississippi. In his travels across the continent, Gage encounters fierce Indians; treacherous English; coureur du bois; and as usual there is, as always, a love, or perhaps lust interest. Another one of Dietrich’s novels that can’t be put down.

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