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Original Essays | March 6, 2014 2 comments
I have this recurring nightmare that my mother is alive. She never died. I've made a terrible mistake. I have to call my editor. We can't publish... Continue »
William DietrichDescribe your latest book.
Napoleon's Pyramids is historical adventure written to give readers an e-ticket ride of war, romance, escapes, pyramid mysteries, and a little self-deprecating humor by its hero, all based on fact. Ethan Gage is an American merchant, gambler, sharpshooter, and former apprentice to the late Benjamin Franklin, trying to enjoy Paris in the wake of the French Revolution. When he wins an Egyptian medallion in a card game, he soon finds himself unjustly accused of a prostitute's murder and on the run. His relationship with Freemasons and his reputation as an "electrician" wins him shelter in the 1798 expedition of 29-year-old general Napoleon Bonaparte, who is invading Egypt. There he encounters the lovely and enigmatic priestess Astiza and finds himself between battles trying to decipher the meaning of the Great Pyramid before its secret falls into the wrong hands. The story deals with themes of belief, purpose, and the double-edged use of knowledge, and has a great deal of information about the pyramids, Revolutionary France, Egypt, and a star-crossed expedition that in some ways parallels the American experience in Iraq.
As a journalist I've had the opportunity to be in odd places: a mosquito-slapping contest in the Arctic, an Indian sweat lodge, the crater of Mount St. Helens, or upside down with the Blue Angels which I don't recommend. One episode was a ten-hour B-52 training mission roaring over Dakota wheat fields a few hundred feet above the ground, aiming at wheat silos meant to represent Soviet missile emplacements. The wings shook like rubber. As Tom Clancy remarked, the difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good book from which to start.
How do you relax?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
Who are your favorite characters in history? Have they influenced your writing?
In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
1. Into the Light by Dave and Jaja Martin.
2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
4. Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson.