The Three Emperors: An Ethan Gage Adventure

William Dietrich. Harper, $25.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-06-219410-7
Dietrich's seventh Ethan Gage adventure (after 2013's The Barbed Crown) delivers more of the usual action-packed, at times implausible, intrigue with little character development. In November 1805, Gage, who describes himself as the "American sharpshooter, savant of electricity, treasure hunter, spy, diplomat, and mercenary," is believed dead after the Battle of Trafalgar. In fact, he's in Venice, posing as Hieronymus Franklin, a "distant cousin of Benjamin." Almost a year after last seeing his wife, Astiza, and their four-year-old son, Horus, Gage is understandably preoccupied with finding them, especially after learning that Astiza may be burned as a witch. The narrative switches perspectives between husband and wife; Astiza's sections detail her struggle to stay alive and to locate a "mechanical man, or ‘android,'" built by 13th-century scholar Albertus Magnus and able to predict the future, which she could use as a bargaining chip. Gage's flippancy makes it hard to invest in the battle scenes, and the prose is sometimes labored (e.g., "As with all grand and venerable castles, the agglomeration of architecture at Ceský Krumov is haunted"). Agent: Andrew Stuart, Stuart Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 09/01/2014
Release date: 05/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 491 pages - 978-0-06-232676-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-4830-0400-6
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-230916-7
Ebook - 432 pages - 978-0-06-219413-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-4830-0399-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 432 pages - 978-0-06-219412-1
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