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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 USS 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 the 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.

©2016 James L. Haley (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Excellent

Just a great listen for someone interested in the time and history of the navy.

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Good story...distracting narration

I have long enjoyed naval stories from this era and this story is no exception I did find the narrator's style and inflections a little off.

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Great story on the barbary pirate war

Great story about the barbary pirate war. I enjoyed it. Follows history very well. I would recommend this book.

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Great yarn

Good combination of fiction and history of the war and Mediterranean history. Language and narrative are well done

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sobstory

The hero sounds ready to burst into tears the whole time. I doubt whether the familiarity he displays with his superiors would have been tolerated. The story gets stuck with syrup laden conversations between the hero and his female friend.

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Overall a ripping good yarn

Life in the young American navy as seen through the eyes of midshipman Putnam as he tackles the pirates on the Barbary coast. Gives a good insight into the different traits of both the yankees and the southerners officer classes with the political scenes of the USA in the early 1800’s. Well researched providing and easy to listen excellent attention holder looking forward to the next one in the series.

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Excellent, worthy alongside CS Forester and O’Brian

A very enjoyable historical fiction work with characters that are real, adventurous, identifiable and heroic, all set in accurate fact. The writer knows when to delve deep into detail to set a mood and knows how to keep the characters interesting and their relationships compelling and relatable. This book, story and main character always kept my attention and wanting more. Reading by the voice actor was very well done and contributed to the enjoyable atmosphere. Highly recommend this book and audio version for anyone interested in the genre, especially wanting adventure of the early American Navy, the Tripolitan pirates and greatly neglected characters of Naval history. Well done.