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The Barbed Crown

An Ethan Gage Adventure

Dietrich, William

eBook - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Barbed Crown
To make Napoleon pay for kidnapping his son and nearly killing his wife, spy, adventurer and treasure hunter Ethan Gage, after his plot to sabotage Napoleon's coronation is foiled, flees to England where he and a group of brilliant renegades devise a daring plan as the French set sail for invasion.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062194119
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,map
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jan 04, 2014

Gage is a cheeky hero and the adventure is fun.

Jun 09, 2013
  • zipread rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Barbed Crown --- by William Dietrich. --- The first is the best. Or so they say. Napoleon’s Pyramids and the Rosetta Stone were my first Dietrich novels: they engaged and hooked me from the start. That rascal Gage seemed to never been caught flat footed even though his misadventures followed one after the other. The two books raced along at breakneck pace with barely enough time to allow one to catch one’s breath. But with this one, his most recent novel pursuing the misadventures of Gage I’m already well into the book wondering when it will start. Lethargy. Most confounding. But Dietrich does eventually hit his stride and Gage resumes his usual adventures, shuttled back and forth between the British spy master Sydney Smith and the long-suffering Napoleon. Our grand finale: Gage as a sharpshooter high aloft in the riggings of Redoubtable, the ship that engaged Nelson’s flagship, the Victory. At the battle’s conclusion we have a picture of Gage, in a lifeboat, small sail rigged to take him back to Cadiz and out of harm’s way, avoiding the hurricane that is about to lash the survivoprs of the Battle of Trafalgar. So Gage’s author redeems himself. Except for one thing. There’s no tupping.


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