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The Tempest

Commander Putnam and Mr. Madison's War (Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure)

By James L. Haley

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Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Published In: United States, 14 November 2017
The second installment of the gripping naval saga by award-winning historian James L. Haley, featuring Commander Bliven Putnam, chronicling the build up to the biggest military conflict between the United States and Britain after the Revolution--the War of 1812. At the opening of the War of 1812, the British control the most powerful navy on earth, and Americans are again victims of piracy. Bliven Putnam, late of the Battle of Tripoli, is dispatched to Charleston to outfit and take command of a new 20-gun brig, the USS Tempest. Later, aboard the Constitution, he sails into the furious early fighting of the war. Prowling the South Atlantic in the Tempest, Bliven takes prizes and disrupts British merchant shipping, until he is overhauled, overmatched, and disastrously defeated by the frigate HMS Java. Its captain proves to be Lord Arthur Kington, whom Bliven had so disastrously met in Naples. On board he also finds his old friend Sam Bandy, one of the Java's pressed American seamen kidnapped into British service. Their whispered plans to foment a mutiny among the captives may see them hang, when the Constitution looms over the horizon for one of the most famous battles of the War of 1812 in a gripping, high-wire conclusion. With exquisite detail and guns-blazing action, The Tempest illuminates an unforgettable period in American history.

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).

Reviews

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

EAN: 9780399171116
ISBN: 0399171118
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.95 centimetres (0.70 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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