In 1801 Thomas Jefferson assembles a navy to fight the growing threat of piracy in the Berber States. Americans are being kidnapped, held for ransom, enslaved, or killed. The President must send his new navy to stop this from happening. Bliven Putnam starts as a midshipman on the first foray to Tripoli. He returns later as a lieutenant learning much about life and fighting as he serves in the navy.
I was very interested in reading this book as I know little about this part of American history. I was very pleased to find a compelling story, and that it was filled with historical details that enriched the story. I particularly liked the details about the ships they sailed on. It made me feel as though I was on the ship. I felt pulled into the world of sailors in the early 1800's.
I enjoyed how real the characters seemed to me as the story progressed. They were fully fleshed out, and I could not wait to discover what would happen to them. I enjoyed the details and the growth of the different characters.
I found the subject so interesting, I will take advantage of the suggested reading list at the end of the book. I appreciate the author including this in the book. It is a great starting point for anyone who finds this subject interesting.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in this time period or who enjoys Horatio Hornblower or Master and Commander.
I read this book as an ebook on my Nook and had no issues with it.
*I received a free copy of this book from the Penguin First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review.
*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book I would not have gotten to as soon or heard about otherwise.