The Dakota Cipher

  • by William Dietrich
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

William Dietrich is back with another fast-paced new adventure - one that brings together Norse mythology, the American wilderness, and a swashbuckling explorer.Ethan Gage, the hero of Napoleon's Pyramids and The Rosetta Key, just wants to enjoy the fruits of victory after helping Napoleon win the Battle of Marengo and end an undeclared naval war with the United States. But a foolish tryst with Bonaparte's married sister and the improbable schemes of a grizzled Norwegian named Magnus Bloodhammer soon send Ethan on a new treasure hunt on America's frontier that will have him dodging scheming aristocrats and hostile Indians.In 1801, newly elected-president Thomas Jefferson, taking office in the burgeoning capital of Washington, D.C., convinces Ethan and Magnus to go on a scouting expedition - one that precedes that of Lewis and Clark - to investigate reports of woolly mammoths and blue-eyed Indians. The pair have their own motive, however, which they neglect to share with the president: a search for the mythical hammer of the Norse god Thor, allegedly brought by fugitive Norsemen to the center of North America 150 years before Columbus.

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A rather entertaining adventure

I downloaded this book looking for good ol' adventure story based in a previous age. The Dakota Cipher is an entertaining story with a legend of a hero, Ethan Gage, a man after as much treasure and as many women as he can, and ultimately a coward with a supersized ego.



This book is full of great characters and exciting ordeals, as Ethan is forced out of his comforts to search for a treasure he doesnt believe exists. It is well written and nicely read, though Dufris starts with a slightly anoying snobish accent, and ends up more down to earth, though I think this works well with the arch of the story and character.



One thing to mention is that this is the third Ethan Gage novel in the series, which i didnt realise until part way through when a word about a previous adventure was mentioned. However, this book works well as a stand alone book, you get a full picture of the main characters and are thrown into a great story, prior knowledge not needed.



This book has made me want to go back and listen to the rest of the series. A very enjoyable listen.
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- Oz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio