The Shores of Tripoli by James L. Haley: 4****

Enjoyed this historical fiction book about the US efforts against the Barbary Pirates. Not sure why there are some poor reviews for this book, I understand it is not a non-fiction account of the situation but the authors research was outstanding and the book really was a fine blend of action and historical accuracy. It also brought to light how difficult it was to operate during those years when there was little immediate means of communication and also how difficult foreign policy was made and carried out.

It is a very easy and fast read and takes us all over the Southern Mediterranean, then back to New England and back again to Northern Africa. If you like a good adventure/historical fiction read then this one is a good one. This was the first in a series of Bliven Putnam naval stories and I am looking forward to the rest of these novels. 

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