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The Shores of Tripoli

The Shores of Tripoli by James L. Haley
Nov 01, 2016 | 464 Pages
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“Mr. Haley’s research has been so completely absorbed as to be unobtrusive. He has mastered the politics of the period and the business of sailing a ship….There is much charm and humor, as well….Meanwhile this is a book that, like so much of the best fiction, makes you both think and feel.” —Wall Street Journal

“It’s a rare novelist who has a commanding grasp of history, and it’s a rare historian who has an intuitive understanding of how to bring fictional characters to life. Fortunately for us readers of the Shores of Tripoli—and (please!) of the next book about Lieutenant Bliven Putnam—James L. Haley fuses historian and novelist into a spellbinding storytelling whole. There could be no better captain to sail this ship.”—Stephen Harrigan, bestselling author of The Gates of the Alamo and A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

“Historical fiction has to work simultaneously as history and fiction. Rarely do the stars align, but in this case they have. The Shores of Tripoli is a terrific novel, elegantly written, and grounded in  first-rate research.”—Ian Toll, author of Six Frigates

“It’s no surprise that Haley’s command of historical detail here is superlative, and his adrenaline-inducing descriptions of cannon-fueled sea battles are also first-rate.” –Booklist

“This is one more naval historical fiction series worth reading.” –Good Old Boat

“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.” –

“Thanks to Haley, America now has its own Captain Horatio Hornblower in midshipman Lieutenant Bliven Putnam, who would sail the seas fighting the Barbary Pirates…Readers will savor the pacing and the wild ride across the seas with a young man making his mark on history.”—Romantic Times

“An award-winning historian who also writes fiction can be expected to deliver excellence, and Haley doesn’t disappoint. With poignant echoes of today’s horrors with terrorism, the book sadly reminds us this conflict is not new. The novel concludes with a dramatic, event-filled ending which brilliantly sets the stage for the following books in this new series. This wonderful book is, in historian Barbara Tuchman’s words, “a distant mirror.” An absolute must read.” –Historical Novels Review

“The history is thoroughly researched, the fiction inventive, the style at once easygoing and rapid. … This is a marvelous and richly enjoyable novel, and the intended series to follow promises to do for the American Navy and the Marines what C.S. Forester and Patrick O’Brian did for the Royal Navy. … More, please.” –Wall Street Journal

“A highly readable blend of fact and fiction….Rich with historical detail and filled with action, The Shores of Tripoli brings this amazing period in American history to life….The first entry in James Haley’s new series seems a fitting successor to the seafaring sagas penned by Forester and O’Brian.” Herald-Dispatch

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