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The Barbed Crown : An Ethan Gage Adventure (Large Print)

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In The Barbed Crown, the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage by William Dietrich, our hero returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnap of his son.

Paris, the "City of Lights," shines - but alongside its splendor is great squalor. Heroic patriotism rubs against mean ambition, while grand strategy and back-alley conspiracy are never far apart.

While Ethan spies on the French court, his wife, Astiza, works to sabotage Napoleon's coronation using the Crown of Thorns, a legendary relic said to have come from the Crucifixion itself. But when Napoleon is crowned nonetheless, they flee to England.

At Walmer Castle on the English coast, Gage joins a daring campaign by Smith, Fulton, rocket inventor William Congreve and smuggler Tom Johnstone to halt Napoleon's intended invasion of England - a campaign which leads Ethan to take a role in the Battle of Trafalgar itself...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 491 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • Maps
  • 006225376X
  • 9780062253767

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"If you like your swordplay spiced with a dash of witty repartee, a la The Three Musketeers, then Gage is the hero for you...The battles, plots and counterplots make this a delightful read, and the depiction of Napoleonic Paris is excellent. Recommended."--Historical Novel Society Review
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Ethan Gage fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and was his agent in Italy, America, and Greece. But that uneasy partnership has soured, and now Gage wants revenge--to make Napoleon pay for kidnapping Ethan's son, Harry, and nearly killing his wife, Astiza.

Smuggled into France, Gage is determined to stop Bonaparte and destroy his ambitions to overtake Europe. Intrigue abounds in the City of Light's shadows as Gage, joined by Astiza, conspires to sabotage Napoleon's coronation, substituting the power-mad emperor's diadem with the Crown of Thorns--the religious relic purportedly worn by Christ at his crucifixion. When the elaborate plot is foiled, Astiza is captured and Ethan flees to England where his cunning and expertise is courted by the British.

The Barbed Crown is a thrilling romp that sees Ethan Gage once again embroiled in European history . . . and the fate of the modern world.
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505 ratings
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4 39% (199)
3 34% (174)
2 6% (31)
1 1% (4)
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