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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 Dufris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ethan Gage Adventures Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061805509
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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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Anders | 2/10/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raully | 2/7/2014

    " Any historical fiction that can cover both an affair with Pauline Bonaparte, Norwegian mythology, frontier life at Fort Mackinnac, and a canoe chase across the Great Lakes is a good summer read in my book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/5/2014

    " Cheap fun. Especially if you don't take it too seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 2/2/2014

    " Not as great as the first two in thecseries, but still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JC | 1/22/2014

    " This book wasn't as good as the previous two. There wasn't as much action and it was just a little too slow. That being said, the history in the book is quite interesting as it looks at some of the first groups in America. Ethan Gage once again is only interested in treasure and women and there is plenty of both for him. Well, almost... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/14/2014

    " This is a rare series that seems to improve or at least gets more interesting. Not great intellectual stuff but good for doctor waiting rooms and waiting around. I think there is one more to go. It is historical fiction and the author seems to know his history and gives a good feeling for the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justaskibum | 10/29/2013

    " Totally engrossing, now I need to read the first two books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/20/2013

    " If you like American history and adventure, this book will fit the bill. It was slow in the beginning, but improved as the story unfolded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sjohnson329 | 1/14/2013

    " It a good book if you are into mystery. First book I read of Dietrich and his style does take some reading to get use to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Moore | 8/1/2012

    " It's good. He puts together things that we now know....like the Vikings were in America possibly before Columbus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tucker | 2/5/2012

    " A decent adventure novel, but nothing amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Preston | 12/20/2011

    " Very good but not as exciting as the first two Ethan Gage stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth A | 6/11/2011

    " First half was just boring. Last half better....would not recommend. The only reason I finished the book was the setting--Great Lakes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chichi | 1/28/2011

    " Enjoyed! Adventurous books with the women and the man who can't resist them. Throw in Norse men and American Indians and Voila! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyril | 1/8/2011

    " Unbelievable nonsense about hunting for a Norwegian "hammer" or mythology in the American West. Garbage, but absorbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam Kincaid | 1/2/2011

    " The potential was there for a great story, BUT it was terrible...will not read anything else starring Ethan Gage from this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mario | 10/24/2010

    " not as good as the first two. Quick read though, so I recommend it if you are in the car (not the driver's seat), boat, plane, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 9/30/2010

    " Book #3 of the Ethan Gage Trilogy. This book was the most bizarre and unbelievable of the three in the series. I love drama and adventure but this was "over-the-top" in strangeness. I plodded through it just to see what the ending would be. Read it and see if you agree with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sjohnson329 | 6/16/2010

    " It a good book if you are into mystery. First book I read of Dietrich and his style does take some reading to get use to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 12/21/2009

    " The potential was there for a great story, BUT it was terrible...will not read anything else starring Ethan Gage from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 9/30/2009

    " An good beach book. Enjoyed it along with the other 2 in the series. Great fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/12/2009

    " It's good. He puts together things that we now know....like the Vikings were in America possibly before Columbus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 9/7/2009

    " First sentence - "I suppose it's not precisely true that it was solely I who consolidated Napolean's power and changed the course of world history." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/6/2009

    " The main character was weak. Indiana Jones and the DeVinci code had more substance to their tales. Interesting historical notes at the end however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 6/1/2009

    " 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. "

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