The Shores of Tripoli

The Shores of Tripoli

Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

Book - 2016
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"The first novel in a brilliant new series by award-winning historian James L. Haley, featuring young midshipman Bliven Putnam as he begins his naval service aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise"--
"The first novel in a brilliant new series by award-winning historian James L. Haley, featuring young midshipman Bliven Putnam as he begins his naval service aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. It is 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion. Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna--discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected. Rich with historical detail and cracking with high-wire action, The Shores of Tripoli brings this amazing period in American history to life with brilliant clarity"--
Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399171109
Characteristics: 448 pages ; 24 cm.

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TimeOnTarget
May 30, 2017

This was an excellent book. Fresh subject-matter area and very well written. I am eagerly awaiting the subsequent novels in the series.
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I have read the Aubrey/Maturin and Hornblower series numerous times over many years. I find O'Brian to be at the pinnacle of literature. I have read the O'Brian/Maturin series 7 times in entirety. There is nothing like a Aubrey/Maturin novel (or a Grateful Dead Concert--both were sui generis). Forester's series isn't quite at O'Brian's level, but I still read it from start to finish again earlier this year (something I have done numerous times, starting in the 1970s).
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More recently I have read some of the Bolitho series and most of the Kydd series (by Alexander Kent/Douglas Reeman and Julian Stockwin respectively). I also read most of the Sharpe series (by Cornwell).
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While I have enjoyed the books by Kent, Stockwin, and Cornwell, I was downright excited about "The Shores of Tripoli."
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Based on the first novel, I am hopeful that James L. Haley is going to write a series that warrants being included with those of O'Brian and Forester. The Shores of Tripoli was a fantastic start toward that end.
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If you are a fan of historic fiction, don't miss this one. There aren't many things out there of this quality.

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gledstanes1960
Feb 13, 2017

An enjoyable read, well written, reminds me of Horatio Hornblower series. Looking forward to follow on books.

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tjdickey
Feb 08, 2017

Fans of Patrick O’Brien will be pleased – a new (and better) Age of Sail series debuts! The action scenes are present and detailed, but this series about the fledgling American Navy features a richer, more believable set of characters, woven around a story with even deeper historical touchpoints, throughout the ancient sites of the Mediterranean world.

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trichfan
Dec 11, 2016

Loved the book, though the sex scene was not needed.

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