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The Shores of Tripoli Audiobook

The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates

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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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  • KAFBA
    14/12/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tompearson
    15/04/17
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    "Excellent"

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

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  • K. Seward
    Metro DC area
    06/04/17
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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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  • miriam kaegebein
    28/12/16
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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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