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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Dietrich Narrator: William Dufri Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ethan Gage Adventures Release Date:
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William Dietrich is back with another fast-paced new adventure—one that brings together Norse mythology, the American wilderness, and a swashbuckling explorer in an irresistible page-turner.

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, DC, 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. The Dakota Cipher is another exciting adventure by a writer who has quickly become one of America’s most beloved and inventive thriller masterminds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “William Dietrich is a born stylist, moving characters around on a historical chessboard with the assured hand of a master novelist firing on all cylinders. Ethan Gage is a wiry, battle-scarred hero, with great decency, who rings absolutely true. And 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

  • “William Dietrich’s The Dakota Cipher should be read by anyone who loves adventure at its grandest, or humor both smart and sharp, or romance with a wild heart. For that matter, why even qualify it? The novel should simply be read by everyone!”

    James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fast, fun, and full of surprises…The tale twists and turns like a spitted serpent, but Dietrich shows his sure hand as a storyteller, leavening a tale rich in intrigue and impressive historic detail with abundant wit and humor.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Dietrich is a master storyteller who knows exactly how to keep his readers enthralled.”

    Historical Novel Review

  • “Breathtaking…Dietrich richly illustrates the people and settlements of the Northwest and Great Plains. This fun blend of history and adventure makes for a terrific, fast-paced read as Gage once again winds up inadvertently impacting history. For all popular fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “A spirited installment of what promises to be a long-running series.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Klein | 2/20/2014

    " My least favorite of the trilogy so far. The first part felt more like a Harlequin Romance for men. When it gets going it's pretty good, but it takes too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anthony Garcia | 2/13/2014

    " Although I have enjoyed the Ethan Gage series thus far, I was not as pleased with this book as I was with the previous two. The adventures are still unique and I enjoy the inclusion of actual historical as well as mythological events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill Klanderman | 2/11/2014

    " first time for Dietrich. Interesting read, not too deep but fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anders | 2/10/2014

    " Annoying main character, probably won't venture to other books in the series. "

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About the Author
Author William Dietrich

William Dietrich is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, historian, and naturalist, as well as the author of numerous novels, including the Ethan Gage adventures, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is a winner of the PNBA Award for nonfiction and lives in Washington State.