Saturday, February 15, 2020


Lutheran Church of the Ascension Fellowship Hall

120 Bull Street (downstairs)

James L. Haley


The Devil in Paradise:  Captain Putnam in Hawaii In this next installment of award-winner Haley’s naval saga, the United States is finally expanding its navy to take a place of prominence in world affairs following the naval victories of the War of 1812 and the Second Barbary War. Bliven Putnam, now Captain of the sloop of war Rappahannock, is ordered to the Pacific with his wife along for the journey. On their respective paths, the Putnams’s encounter a new breed of pirate and meet an unexpected force of nature: Kahumanu, the formidable queen of the Hawaiian Islands. Inspired 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.


James L. Haley is the award-winning author of The Shores of Tripoli and A Darker Sea, as well as numerous books on Native American, Texas, and Western history, and historical and contemporary fiction. His two biographies, Sam Houston and Wolf: The Lives of Jack London, each won the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas won the Fehrenbach Award of the Texas Historical Commission.