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By William Dietrich

Harper, Reprint -- January 26, 2010 ($9.99)

ISBN-10: 0061568082
ISBN-13: 978-0061568084

Harper, March 2009 ($26.99)
ISBN-10: 0061568007
ISBN-13: 978-0061568008

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

THE DAKOTA CIPHER is the third Ethan Gage adventure (THE ROSETTA KEY was number two. See review.) Gage is an expatriate American diplomat and soldier-of-fortune. Napoleon claims the Louisiana territory was secretly sold back to France. Gage is sent to investigate. It's not an easy task. He must contend with hostile Native Americans, British loyalists, and disciples of an Egyptian snake cult.

I don't usually choose to read historical fiction but in Dietrich's case, I make an exception. Not only do I enjoy the exciting adventures, I love the characters and the humor. I don't know why someone hasn't made Ethan Gage's adventures into a cable TV series. I think he could give Indiana Jones a run for his money on the big screen, as well.

Dietrich weaves a fun and fascinating story sure to delight loyal fans and new readers. Historic fiction at its best!

Other titles in this series include NAPOLEON'S PYRAMIDS and THE ROSETTA KEY.

This review is based on the hardcover edition.

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