Dietrich continues his Ethan Gage series with this fifth, wonderful, book about the American adventurer who was mentored by Benjamin Franklin. The historical details are accurate and humor and wit are nonstop, as is the action. This is a page-turner of the best type. Readers don’t need to have read the others in the series to enjoy this one; Gage will fill in all the background you need.

Gage wants to leave his life of adventure and danger behind. He has responsibilities now, with a new wife and his newly discovered 3-year-old son. He plans to sell a large stolen jewel in Paris and then retire with his family to America, perhaps working with his friend Thomas Jefferson. But, before long, he’s tripped into danger again. He is climbing the mountains to break into Fort de Joux to break out the general Toussaint L’Ouverture, liberator of Haiti, from Napoleon’s prison. Inside is his wife, pretending to be L’Ouverture’s wife. His son is being held somewhere too, having been kidnapped to ensure that Gage will break the general out. (HARPER, May, 368 pp., $25.99).
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Page Traynor