The Shores of Tripoli

The Shores of Tripoli

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Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399171109
Branch Call Number: FIC Haley
Characteristics: 448 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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TimeOnTarget
May 30, 2017

This was an excellent book. Fresh subject-matter area and very well written. I am eagerly awaiting the subsequent novels in the series.
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I have read the Aubrey/Maturin and Hornblower series numerous times over many years. I find O'Brian to be at the pinnacle of literature. I have read the O'Brian/Maturin series 7 times in entirety. There is nothing like a Aubrey/Maturin novel (or a Grateful Dead Concert--both were sui generis). Forester's series isn't quite at O'Brian's level, but I still read it from start to finish again earlier this year (something I have done numerous times, starting in the 1970s).
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More recently I have read some of the Bolitho series and most of the Kydd series (by Alexander Kent/Douglas Reeman and Julian Stockwin respectively). I also read most of the Sharpe series (by Cornwell).
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While I have enjoyed the books by Kent, Stockwin, and Cornwell, I was downright excited about "The Shores of Tripoli."
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Based on the first novel, I am hopeful that James L. Haley is going to write a series that warrants being included with those of O'Brian and Forester. The Shores of Tripoli was a fantastic start toward that end.
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If you are a fan of historic fiction, don't miss this one. There aren't many things out there of this quality.

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gledstanes1960
Feb 13, 2017

An enjoyable read, well written, reminds me of Horatio Hornblower series. Looking forward to follow on books.

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tjdickey
Feb 08, 2017

Fans of Patrick O’Brien will be pleased – a new (and better) Age of Sail series debuts! The action scenes are present and detailed, but this series about the fledgling American Navy features a richer, more believable set of characters, woven around a story with even deeper historical touchpoints, throughout the ancient sites of the Mediterranean world.

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trichfan
Dec 11, 2016

Loved the book, though the sex scene was not needed.

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