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The Shores of Tripoli

The Shores of Tripoli [Kindle Edition]

Fisher Samuels

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Patrol Boat USS Dauntless is taking part in Agile Shield, the US Navy’s latest exercise against North African Piracy. While testing a new non-lethal weapon, a malfunction sends the Dauntless and her crew somewhere they never imagined possible. Lieutenant Commander Robert Williams, the Dauntless’s new skipper, wakes up in a strange place, amidst strange events, and with a crew that’s on the verge of tearing itself apart. Thrust into the middle of a naval battle, Williams must handle the unknown circumstances to get his crew out alive and preserve the nation’s prestige in this troubled part of the world.

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  • Print Length: 212 pages
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good time travel book 6 May 2014
By Jeffrey T. Elder - Published on
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A time travel book set in 1803 in Tripoli. Not your normal time travel book with a large crew and big warship, this is a patrol boat with a small crew. I would have liked to seen more interaction with the crew from 1803. Cant wait for the next one.
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid second-tier time displacement adventure story 30 July 2014
By Stephen Weinberg - Published on
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This time travel novella has a refreshingly different destination (the Barbary Wars) and scope (only twelve people). While it follows the convention of having one science fiction reader along to be the first person to accept what's happened, the book does NOT give anybody exceptional abilities or skills, or a coincidental fascination with the period that led to years of study, or even fluency in arabic. You simply have a very small modern anti-piracy boat, with a short range and a handful of relatively light weapons, suddenly find itself at the capture of the Philadelphia in 1803.

The book departs heavily from books like A Connecticut Yankee, Lest Darkness Fall, or Island in the Sea of Time in that the characters decide NOT to try to change history. They don't even spend much time agonizing over it. Their only goal is to get back with as little disruption as possible. Unfortunately for them, by the time they figure out what's happening, several crew members have been captured. This forces them to interact with 1803 enough for a few other major obstacles to come up, which I will refrain from spoiling. Let's just say that they are not powerful enough to be able to impose their will on the 1803 characters....

The characters are reasonably distinguishable from each other, and even some of the pirates are fleshed out as characters and given arcs.

The book is one of the better time travel stories I've read lately, but it has one major shortcoming: the characters barely interact with the societies of the past. The time travelers' CO is black, and the third-in-command is a woman, and the crew names suggest a reasonably diverse group, so I fully expected the same sorts of culture shock as in John Birmingham's Weapons of Choice series. But it just doesn't come up. At its best, time travel stories use the past as a lens to see the present from a different perspective, and we just don't get that here. This is an adventure story, not an exploration of society. If there's a sequel, I hope the author branches out a bit more.

Another reviewer complained about the naval and military terminology. This person does not seem to read much military fiction.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Naval. Adventure and time travel 29 April 2014
By sully - Published on
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The Shores of Tripoli by Fisher Samuels is the story of a a small navy ship that is testing a new non-lethal weapons systems that goes awry and sends them back in time to 1803 during the beginning of the Barbary Wars. Once the crew understands what has happened they fight to stay alive and return home without changing history. This looks to be the start of a new series that has great potential. I look forward to the next book in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Super short story...great for a day off...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kind of predictable at times and the Characters are kinda like cardboard at times with the northern black captain the ... 7 Aug 2014
By Lara Leigh Putnam - Published on
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its ok, kind of predictable at times and the Characters are kinda like cardboard at times with the northern black captain the hero and the white southern petty officer the villein at that point you know what is going to happen and it does.
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