During the roiling era of Napoleon's reign, American adventurer Ethan Gage is in a desperate race with the Barbary pirates -- and with his Egyptian Rite nemesis Aurora Somerset -- to rediscover and control the mirror of Archimedes: an ancient super-weapon that legend contends burned a Roman fleet. In 1802, this death ray could tip the balance of power in the Mediterranean, and Ethan must stop the pirates from using it against the American, English or French fleets. Beginning in Paris, our dashing hero, with the help of real-life scientists and engineers, must not only rescue his former lover Astiza; he must also save the three-year-old son he didn't know he had! Astiza and Aurora find themselves in a fight to the death, while the infant United States Navy tests its mettle against Tripoli.
Delivering the fast-paced adventure, uncanny wit, and page-turning historical excitement that readers have come to expect from the masterful William Dietrich, THE BARBARY FIRE is Ethan Gage at his winningest, most hilarious, and most death-defying!