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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (974 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Dietrich Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ethan Gage Adventures Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780061632433
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Surviving murderous thieves, a nerve-racking sea voyage, and the deadly sands of Egypt with Napoleon’s army, American adventurer Ethan Gage solved a five-thousand-year-old riddle with the help of a mysterious medallion. But the danger is only beginning…

Gage finds himself hurled into the Holy Land in dogged pursuit of an ancient Egyptian scroll imbued with magic, even as Bonaparte launches his 1799 invasion of Israel, which will climax at the epic siege of Acre. Pursuing Napoleon to France, where the general hopes ancient secrets will catapult him to power, the wily and inventive Gage faces old enemies with unlikely new friends, and must use wit, humor, derring-do, and an archaeological key to prevent dark powers from seizing control of the world.

Entertaining and vividly evocative, The Rosetta Key is William Dietrich at his fast-paced, cliff-hanger best. For lovers of stirring historical adventure laden with intriguing mystery and puzzles galore, The Rosetta Key is a terrific thrill ride not to be missed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An utterly captivating romp…Dietrich spins a merry magical mystery tour, winningly intricate…It’s the history that grabs you, rewritten as a pulse-pounding cliffhanger action flick…Mr. Spielberg! Mr. Lucas! It’s your move.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The prize-winning journalist/novelist, who lives in Anacortes, brings back the explorer hero from his popular adventure saga, Napoleon’s Pyramids, for a fast-paced sequel in which he continues his globe-trotting search for an Egyptian scroll reported to have magic properties.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • The Rosetta Key is a fast-paced thriller that races between the Holy Land and the New World.”

    National Examiner

  • “Ethan Gage undergoes further life-threatening adventures in this rollicking sequel…Ever the incorrigible gambler and all-around scamp, Gage makes an irresistible anti-hero. The ending promises more volumes in what one hopes will be a long series.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Historical fiction meets thriller here, with plenty to interest fans of both genres. The action is nearly nonstop, the humor is plentiful, and the intrigue is more than enough to keep the pages turning.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A full-bore thriller and who better than Dietrich for an all-out romp with seductive characters, alluring plot, and dynamic historical elements? In this installment in the popular Ethan Gage series, the search is on for the Book of Thoth, an ancient, possibly magical Egyptian scroll.”

    Booklist

  • “Exciting and well-written…Dietrich’s latest tale is ripe with rich detail of the Holy Land of the period and its disparate peoples. Fascinating historical and fictional characters and good dialog add to the mix. Offering high adventure and good history, it’s also great fun.”

    Library Journal

  • “An electrifying combination of battles, exotic landscapes, and colorful characters who really lived.”

    International Thriller Writers Blog

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/15/2014

    " The Rosetta Key has the flavor of an Indiana Jones type movie. I didn't read book one of the series and perhaps I would have appreciated book 2 better had I read that first. Regardless, it was a good book but not a great book. Ethan Gage is the main character. He calls himself a savant. He is an adventurer in the late 1700s. He finds himself in Egypt and Israel in search of the book of Thoth as well as his lost love (from the previous book) Astiza. Although the book was an okay read, I probably needed to see it as a movie to appreciate the action. Gage finds himself in situations that you think that no one could possibly survive and yet he does. Time and time again be prepared for death threats by unusual means. I've always wondered why the bad guy doesn't just kill their nemesis instead of having him slowly die by bizarre methods from which he manages to get away anyway. In the beginning of the book he is already in front of a firing squad and we read the words being said, "Ready, Aim, FIre". I think that is my only frustration with an otherwise action packed novel. i particularly enjoyed the side characters more than the main character. Many of them were former enemies that became friends. Mohammed and Ned were interesting people. I also enjoyed Jericho and his sister, Miriam. I would loved to have read more about them in the novel. One thing that I do appreciate about this book is the way the author infused real historical events within the novel. It is a good read when I find myself wanting to learn more about the history of what I've read. Thank goodness I live with a "historian" of sorts who gave me great background knowledge of Napoleon as well as what was going on in the Americas at that time. I particularly enjoyed reading the Afterword in which the author stated which facts were historical and which were just made up for novel purposes. Did you know that Notre Dame Cathedral was located on a site of a Roman temple to Isis? I didn't. I applaud the fact that William Deitrich did his research before writing this historical fiction adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/10/2014

    " Great book with lots of fun Indiana Jones kinds of adventures. I liked the setting of 1799 as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/30/2014

    " A surprisingly enthralling read. I picked it off the shelf because I was intrigued by the first sentence and ended up flying through it in two days! There is a sort of humor in the writing which I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colt6464 | 1/27/2014

    " Nothing special, but enjoyable, with some loose history references "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 1/22/2014

    " Ethan Gage is an American in the Middleeast during the time of Napolean. He is searching for the woman he loves and a mysterious treaasure. Constantly changing sides during a raging war, he tries to avoid various factions looking to kill him. He uses fundamentals of electricity that he learned from Ben Franklin as a defensive tool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/20/2014

    " Book #2 of the Ethan Gage Trilogy finds our hero moving on to new adventures. He finds that the strange artifact that he won in a card game in Paris, France, is actually some kind of key. After a hair-raising chase in the Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt), he has floated away from danger in an observation balloon after dropping (accidentally) his girlfriend in the Nile River. He zips back/forth between the French army, the British fleet, and the native tribal armies somehow managing to survive each adventure. This book got a little crazy at times and wasn't as tight in the plot as book #1. But still an amusing read and good for some "fun" reading time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joellyn | 1/20/2014

    " I really liked this book better than the first. It captured the reader right off the bat. It was a good adventure and kept my interest throughout the entire book. Although, I was a bit disappointed at the ending. It alluded to a continuation but not really a cliff hanger like the first. But I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Wallis | 1/19/2014

    " This was second in a series. I'm done now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meryem | 1/12/2014

    " So much ridiculous and overly detailed action, the story became boring. Ethan Gage is described by other characters several times throughout the book as "shallow". Very true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/30/2013

    " Pretty cheezy overall. I like the genre, but the writing was underwhelming, and the book was plodding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana Jaramillo | 12/25/2013

    " This was a very fun experience that definitely kept me on my toes, but I felt that it dragged on and I often found myself wishing it would finish soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon Rice | 12/20/2013

    " Main character is great although the story was not as good as the first book. Had to keep forcing myself through it a bit only cause I care about the characters so much and I want to continue through the story. Some real interesting historic details interwoven in though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 12/6/2013

    " Not my kind of book. Nothing new in the borrowed action plots "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Grignon | 11/30/2013

    " Kind of went on and on at points... unbelievable at other times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 10/27/2013

    " Good read, quick story, learned about Napoleon's battles in Egypt/Middle East "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Brinks | 12/24/2012

    " Well written and I enjoyed it. Although very unlikely story as the lead character Ethan Gage escapes a firing squat three different times and escapes 4-5 different attempted at his execution. Entertaining however unlikely it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 11/23/2012

    " Have really gotten tired of mediocre adventure novels written to capitalize on the thrillers written by Dan Brown. This story is preposterous from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 6/19/2012

    " An entertaining story of the Discovery of the Rosetta Stone. Ethan Gage is a rapscallion, but endearing hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/25/2012

    " Our intrepid hero is accompanying Napolean's army into Egypt...fun historical read as Gage unravels some of the mysteries of history while rubbing elbows witht he "notables' of his time...Fun as the 1st one!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henri Bauhaus | 3/9/2012

    " I found this book in a homeless shelter, picked it up and found it to be a fun and enjoyable read. The author very successfully takes the reader back in time to the year when Napoleon invaded Egypt and the Holy Land. Overall, a very good historical novel with an interesting sci-fi twist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 10/30/2011

    " I found Ethan Gage anything but sympathetic. He seems to have multiple personalities and the plot construction is perverse. Jeff Woodman's voice is irritating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/23/2011

    " A fun, although not terribly original, historical fiction adventure novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/3/2011

    " Listened to this one on CDs mainly. Reverted to the book near the end. Wish the book actually had an end. Obviously a third book is planned. Nice story, but pretty unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/21/2011

    " An Indian Jones type of story set in Egypt, Israel and France, late 19th century. Entertaining. Suspend disbelief before opening the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Florence | 10/29/2010

    " Flaboyant American adventurer hunts for loot once in Pyramids during Napoleon's campaigns in Egypt and Middle East in 1790s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/7/2010

    " A fun, although not terribly original, historical fiction adventure novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/19/2010

    " I enjoyed this book, but not as much as some other thrillers i have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/14/2010

    " The second book in the series. The characters are better developed. The author spins an interesting (and improbable) story about events in Napoleon's career. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elyse | 9/8/2010

    " I listened to a lot of this in the car. There were a few parts that we had to turn the volume down. There was more swearing than I would like. The story-line was interesting, but we stopped listening to it for these reasons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/1/2010

    " Not as good as the first one, but still lots of fun! Plenty of adventure, and close calls. Still following Napoleon's exploits in Egypt and the Middle East. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 5/19/2010

    " It was slow in places, but picked up enough every now and then to make it fairly easy to get through. Not sure I'm keen on reading another by Dietrich though. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S. F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.