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).
"Haley is an erudite historian who can craft fiction so real that you're ready to pull the grapeshot-packed 18-pounder's lanyard... Another real-enough-to-be-true, rollicking tale from the days of sail and sword." -- Kirkus Reviews "Haley's enthralling blend of well-drawn characters, nautical combat, and period detail will appeal to both Patrick O'Brian and American history enthusiasts." -- Booklist "[O]ne discovers many little-known facts in this exciting and informative book. ...Strongly recommended." -- 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 on The Shores of Tripoli Praise for The Shores of Tripoli "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 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."--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