Ethan Gage thanks you for your patience.
The book is available as a $15.99 trade paperback edition and $9.99 Kindle edition on Amazon.com as well as a $9.99 eBook on iBooks, Kobo, and (soon) Nook.
This is the eighth in the Ethan Gage series of Napoleonic-era adventures, this one set in 1806-1807 when the French emperor was at the height of his power. Publication was delayed when my original publisher dropped the series, I explored alternatives, and finally decided to publish independently.
“The Trojan Icon” is the best one yet, by the way. The paperback is 424 pages, similar in length to others in the series. Designer Victoria Colotta has given it a splendid, polished look.
Now my problem is getting the word out, a struggle for all independent authors. I hope you will read it, review it on-line, and alert your friends.
The action starts in St. Petersburg, the Russian capital, where the Gage family has gone from refugees to the favorites of the Tsarina and her former lover, the foreign minister. The imperial pair propose a perilous quest for our heroes, with a title and mansion as the promised reward.
Desired is the theft of the Grunwald Swords, a real-life Polish relic that could help inspire the resurrection of a recently dismembered Poland and reshape Napoleonic Europe.
The swords are in an impregnable vault guarded by a thousand men, and promised to a one-armed, one-eyed Prussian with a knack for treachery and murder.
Oh yes – and the theft must go undiscovered.
Naturally, Ethan says yes.
That daunting project is just the beginning of the intrigues that embroil the Gage clan. Astiza, it seems, is the key to far bigger schemes, and a far more ancient relic with far greater powers, which is guarded by an even more terrifying and loathsome villain.
Those are spoilers enough. Suffice to say the action swirls from wintry St. Petersburg to a king in exile in Latvia, to a replica Roman temple in Poland, to a derelict castle in Transylvania, and on to Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire. A beautiful French sultana locked in the palace harem is seeking help.
As with the other Gage novels, much of the story is inspired by real events and many of the characters were real people. The 1807 climax takes place during a historical war and coup in Constantinople.
And as in the preceding “The Three Emperors,” some of the chapters are told from the point of view of Astiza and Harry. It’s a challenge and a joy to make a swashbuckling thriller a family affair.
I hope you once more enjoy Ethan’s company. He’s a good man in tight spots, with enough wisdom from Benjamin Franklin to justify time spent with him!