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The Shores of Tripoli

Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

By James L. Haley

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Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 November 2016
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 brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed. Young Bliven Putnam is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble 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.

About the Author

James L. Haley is the award-winning author of the Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure series, including A Darker Sea and The Shores of Tripoli, as well as numerous books on Native American, Texas, and Western history, and historical and contemporary fiction. His two biographies Sam Houston (2002) and Wolf: The Lives of Jack London (2010), each won the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas (2006) won the Fehrenbach Award of the Texas Historical Commission. His most recent nonfiction is Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii (2014).

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Praise for The Shores of Tripoli "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 "James L. Haley has taken the naval adventure genre to places it has not gone before, filled with strong, believable characters who nearly jump of the page, deeply researched details of life both here and abroad...and a powerful, sweeping view of one of the seminal events in the early history of our country...a rollicking good time."--Brian Kilmeade, author of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates "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 "Page-turning action...Haley's deck-by-deck tour of the legendary frigate is fascinating."--Kirkus Reviews "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."--BookReporter.com "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."--RT Book Reviews"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 "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 "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." -BookReporter.com "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 -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.- -BookReporter.com -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 rice 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 "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." -BookReporter.com "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 rice 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 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 ofThe Gates of the Alamoand 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. BookReporter.com 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 rice 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 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" Page-turning action...Haley s deck-by-deck tour of the legendary frigate is fascinating. Kirkus Reviews With The Shores of Tripoli, James L. Haley has taken the naval adventure genre to places it has not gone before, filled with strong, believable characters who nearly jump of the page, deeply researched details of life both here and abroad, from rural Litchfield, Connecticut to the ruins of Cyrene at Durna, and a powerful, sweeping view of one of the seminal events in the early history of our country. For the first time, we have an American hero to cheer in young Bliven Putnam, and we witness this country s incredible history through his eyes.The Shores of Tripoli is both a historical novel of impeccable detail, as well as a rollicking good time. Brian Kilmeade, author of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates 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 ofThe Gates of the Alamoand 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. BookReporter.com 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 rice 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" Page-turning action Haley s deck-by-deck tour of the legendary frigate is fascinating. Kirkus Reviews With The Shores of Tripoli, James L. Haley has taken the naval adventure genre to places it has not gone before, filled with strong, believable characters who nearly jump of the page, deeply researched details of life both here and abroad, from rural Litchfield, Connecticut to the ruins of Cyrene at Durna, and a powerful, sweeping view of one of the seminal events in the early history of our country. For the first time, we have an American hero to cheer in young Bliven Putnam, and we witness this country s incredible history through his eyes.The Shores of Tripoli is both a historical novel of impeccable detail, as well as a rollicking good time. Brian Kilmeade, author of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates"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 ofThe Gates of the Alamoand 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" With "The Shores of Tripoli," James L. Haley has taken the naval adventure genre to places it has not gone before, filled with strong, believable characters who nearly jump of the page, deeply researched details of life both here and abroad, from rural Litchfield, Connecticut to the ruins of Cyrene at Durna, and a powerful, sweeping view of one of the seminal events in the early history of our country. For the first time, we have an American hero to cheer in young Bliven Putnam, and we witness this country s incredible history through his eyes."The Shores of Tripoli" is both a historical novel of impeccable detail, as well as a rollicking good time. Brian Kilmeade, author of "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates" "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 "" Praise for James Haley Outstanding . . . With this rich and entertaining history, Haley adds his name, indelibly, to this list of native writers his state should be rightfully proud of. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Passionate Nation" [Haley s] argument is persuasive that the unexpurgated London has never been more relevant. . . . His biography is polished, sleek, readable and pulls no punches. "Daily Telegraph" (UK) on "Wolf: The Lives of Jack London" [A] compelling warts-and-all history of Hawaii s era of independence . . . James L. Haley explores it with commendable nuance and respect for native Hawaiians as active agents in the shaping of their country s destiny. "The Daily Beast" on "Captive Paradise""

EAN: 9780399171109
ISBN: 039917110X
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Dimensions: 22.86 x 14.48 x 4.06 centimetres (0.71 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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