• The Devil in Paradise: Captain Putnam in Hawaii

  • A Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure, Book 3
  • By: James L. Haley
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Captain Bliven Putnam returns, venturing into the Pacific to fight pirates in Malaya and match wits with the royals in Hawaii, in this next installment of award-winner James L. Haley's gripping naval saga.

Following the naval victories of the War of 1812 and the Second Barbary War, the United States is finally expanding its navy to take a place of prominence in world affairs. Bliven Putnam, now Captain of the sloop of war Rappahannock, has come into his own as a leader and is ordered to the Pacific. But with this new tour of duty to last more than two years, his patient wife, Clarity, unwilling to accept such a brief time together, at last puts her foot down. If she can't keep Putnam with her, then she'll just have to go with him.

As Putnam sets sail for his new home port in Honolulu, Clarity joins a new missionary effort from Boston to Hawaii. On their respective paths, the Putnams encounter a new breed of pirate and meet an unexpected force of nature: Kahumanu, the formidable queen of the Hawaiian Islands.

Inspried by the real-life Olowalu Massacre and the famed Congregationalist mission of 1819, this third outing will be unlike any adventure the Putnams have faced before.

©2019 James L. Haley (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Brimming with Haley's signature delight in nautical detail and suspense, this entertaining tale stokes readers' expectations for more of Putnam's high-sea exploits." (Booklist)

"Haley spins a rousing naval yarn laced with action against slavers, a new breed of pirate, and an enraged sea captain seeking vengeance. An intimate understanding of Hawaiian history recounted through well-drawn, three-dimensional characters enriches his narrative. The Bliven Putnam novels bring a refreshing point of view to naval fiction, with a marked Yankee flavor." (Quarterdeck Magazine)  

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Third in the Series. Domestic Affairs

I love this series. The characters seem like old friends but this third one is heavier on character interaction in various locations but no so much blowing things up and swinging from the Yard Arms. While I enjoyed the softer version of Captain Putnam this one lacked the sea warfare and international intrigue that I found so fascinating in the other two. The first one is still my favorite but I will always wait for the next one and ship out with him again sometime.

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Insightful study of race relations

I have always loved stories set on tall fighting ships, usually for their elements of adventure and nostalgia for the past. This was the first time a tale touched me with it’s social commentary. The dialogue between Clarity and Thomas captures perfectly the marginalization I experienced growing up. It will forever be one of my favorite passages from modern literature.

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good

it would be a 5 across the board but I liked the first book a little better. that said I loved this book and I cant wait for the next one to come out.

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  • KD
  • 07-08-20

Very enjoyable

The narrator was first class and the story was good, covering some of the history of Hawaii. All in all, this was a good purchase from audible.

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  • Ian
  • 05-27-20

Tropical adventure for Captain Putnam

This is the third book featuring the adventures of Captain Putnam in the US navy this time he goes out to Hawaii along with his wife who goes out as a missionary.
I enjoyed the book as much as the first two although I will say it is a very different pace and tone than the last two books.
But is still very enjoyable and I would recommend it