In The Three Emperors, Ethan Gage must survive the front lines at the titanic battle of Austerlitz, reunite with his imprisoned wife and son, and find the fabled Brazen Head, a medieval automaton capable of foretelling the future.
When the novel opens Ethan is at a Venice casino, having just survived the naval battle of Trafalgar, a trauma described in the predecessor novel The Three Emperors. In this seventh installment of the series, Astiza and Harry have disappeared at Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation as emperor, and enemy Catherine Marceau has informed our hero they are being held captive in Bohemia.
Gage’s quest to find his family, and Astiza’s determination to save her son and break out of their prison, embroil them in the tumultuous Napoleonic history of 1805. Underway is the War of the Three Emperors. Spies, secret societies, and Ethan are in a race to fine the Brazen Head.
Prophecy, alchemy, Rosicrucian lore, an “Invisible College,” Jewish rabbis, and French strategy and scheming embroil our heroes in gambles, escapes, chemical concoctions, salt mines, castles, astronomical towers, and a fabled tomb. It’s the biggest Gage adventure yet, and poses an intriguing question: would knowing the future be a blessing, or a curse?
“Historically accurate with an especially interesting underlying tension of mysticism and science. A fast-paced and engaging read.” Shannon Gallagher, Historical Novel Review.
“Ethan Gage is one character in the suspense world that readers have grown to truly love…A new Gage story that will have everyone cheering!” Mary Lignor, Suspense Magazine.
“The latest rousing adventure from Dietrich.” Kirkus Reviews.
“Ethan Gage has yet to find a buckle he couldn’t swash. He’s an adventurer, a scalawag, and the Zelig of the Napoleonic era – he tends to pop up just in time for major historical events.” Adam Woog, Seattle Times.
“Dietrich’s colorful and vivid prose transports the readers…sometimes I felt as if my neck were also on the line. I thoroughly enjoyed.” Leroy Douresseaux, ComicsBookBin.
“The Three Emperors is number seven in the series If you haven’t read the earlier tales, Dietrich fills in the gaps sufficiently to figure out who’s who. But if you happen to fall in love with Ethan this late in his adventures, rest assured there are six other page-turners to take with you to the beach.” Roz Shea, Book Reporter.
ENDORSEMENTS OF THE SERIES
“William Dietrich is a born stylist, moving characters around on a historical chessboard with the assured hand of a master novelist firing on all cylinders.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“A nonstop page-turning adventure of wit, entertaining history, and characters who roll with the punches of fate.”
—Diana Galbadon, bestselling author of the Outlander series
“I haven’t read a historical novel this good since Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.”
—Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of The Conviction
“An exciting, funny, and educational read.”
—Phillip Margolin, bestselling author of Worthy Brown’s Daughter
“Adventure at its grandest.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
“What a blast! It is impossible not to love Ethan Gage.”
—Garth Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain