This was an excellent book. Fresh subject-matter area and very well written. I am eagerly awaiting the subsequent novels in the series.
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).
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).
While I have enjoyed the books by Kent, Stockwin, and Cornwell, I was downright excited about "The Shores of Tripoli."
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.
If you are a fan of historic fiction, don't miss this one. There aren't many things out there of this quality.
An enjoyable read, well written, reminds me of Horatio Hornblower series. Looking forward to follow on books.
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.
Loved the book, though the sex scene was not needed.
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