"The Shores of Tripoli" by James L. Haley is a cross between historical fiction and a historical text book. The book tells the story of Bliven Putnum, a 14 year old captain in training. The year is 1801 and the US is dabbling in the Navy with just a few ships, one being the Enterprise. The US is headed for battle with the pirate ship, Tripoli. The Tripoli is a Muslim led ship in a world where Muslim ships have gutted ships and imprisoned sailors into slavery. The story mostly sticks with the conflict of Tripoli, but does jump in time while following Bliven, ending when he is 18. Rumor has it this could be a series.
This is a very detailed book. The person reading this needs to be very interested in ships and 1801 world politics. The book is well written and Haley knows his stuff. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com.