BOOK REVIEW: NAPOLEON'S PYRAMIDS
Napoleon's Pyramids has something to offer nearly every reader. For history buffs, author Dietrich has set his story just after the French Revolution and has included some battle scenes with Napoleon's army. Science fiction/fantasy readers should find just enough quest for eternal life in the tale to please them. But it is lovers of the classic thriller that will most appreciate this book.
American Ethan Gage, while in Paris, wins an Egyptian medallion in a card game. While he finds it interesting, he has no idea what the medallion is. However, many other people do know what it is and they want it. So the chase is on. Readers follow Gage as he has a series of adventures (and misadventures) both in Paris and later in Egypt. He's accused of murder, barely makes it out of France alive, joins Napoleon's army, gets involved with a slave girl, and also tries to figure out who built the pyramids!
It was interesting to me that some of the book's most entertaining parts, but also some of the driest, were descriptions of historical incidents. The naval battle with Lord Nelson was wonderfully portrayed, but other times I felt a little overwhelmed by too much historical background information. This was also the case with the characters. While Ethan Gage, the fictional protagonist, was a very likable fellow with a wicked sense of humor, none of the other characters really stood out in my mind. The historical figures were probably accurately portrayed, for the most part they weren't “alive.” However, this is a thriller, and as is often the case with thrillers, it's the action, not the characters that drive it. Most readers will find something to like in Napoleon's Pyramids.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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