Gage is out to foil Napoleon’s coronation as emperor, play double agent between
France and England, and turn the tide of war, while attempting to save his own
life and his marriage.
fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and was his agent in Italy, America,
and Greece. But this relationship, which at the best of times was uneasy, has
gone sour, and now Ethan wants to make Napoleon pay for kidnapping his son,
Harry, and nearly killing his wife, Astiza.
into France with a beautiful royalist agent, Gage is determined to thwart
Bonaparte’s ambitions to take Europe. Surprises abound as a conspiracy
collapses, Astiza reappears at Gage’s side, and agents on all fronts try to
recruit Ethan to their cause. Desperate, he devises a mad plan to sabotage
Napoleon’s coronation by replacing the power-hungry emperor’s crown of golden laurel
with a religious relic, the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Christ at his
crucifixion. It is a scheme that requires a daring theft, perfect timing, and
trust among the plotters; when it goes awry, Gage is soon on the run to
Ethan joins a circle of brilliant renegades, including Robert Fulton, designer
of the first submarine; rocket artillery pioneer Sir William Congreve; and
smuggler Tom Johnstone. As two empires face off at sea, Gage is plunged into
the decisive and lethal Battle of Trafalgar, trapped on board a French ship as
Nelson’s Victory bears down on him.
from the glittering boulevards and squalid back alleys of Napoleonic France to
the high seas of Regency England, filled with romance, danger, intrigue, and
glory, The Barbed Crown is a thrilling romp that sees Ethan Gage once
again embroiled in European history, and the fate of the modern world. Download and start listening now!