Robert N. Macomber

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Since our last quarterly newsletter and before the
next quarterly newsletter arrives in mid-March,
I have garnered new opportunities
with great organizations in my own county,
Robert E. Lee County, and simply had to notify
you of this treasure-trove. 
Hope you can participate, listen in,
or find something of interest!





12 Noon on February 12, 2015


Sponsored by Captiva Cruises, this new "Cayo Costa Lecture Series" will start off with me! 


My topic, "Cuba & Southwest Florida" is a fascinating story about the 500 year connection of soldiers, smugglers and spies amidst our islands.

"The lecture series is an intriguing way to explore Cayo Costa and enjoy presentations with renowned authors, scientists, and naturalists," says Paul McCarthy of Captiva Cruises.  "Whether you live in the area or you are visiting, the series is an interesting mix of presentations with experts in their respected fields, highlighting the best of our islands."

The Cayo Costa lecture series is free & open to the public.  You can boat over [docking is on a 1st come 1st serve basis] or call Captiva Cruises for a reservation, tel #239-472-5300 [adults $50/children $35].  To access Cayo Costa State Park from other areas, contact Tropic Star out of Pine Island [tel # 239-283-0015] or King Fisher Fleets out of Punta Gorda [tel # 941-639-0969].

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch, or boxed lunches may be pre-ordered through Captiva Cruises when making a reservation.

Captiva Cruises is the Official State Park Concessionaire for Cayo Costa State Park, Gasparilla State Park, Don Pedro Island State Park, Stump Pass Beach State Park, Jug Creek Cottages and oversees all ferry services, special events and concessions.

For more info, visit or call
tel # 239-472-5300.


WGCU's GulfCoast Live!
Radio Show 

with host, John Davis




on Feb. 18, 2015 from 1pm until 2pm

TUNE IN: 90.1 FM or
91.7 FM Marco Island

Join the conversation with me, along with
City of Ft. Myers historian Jim Powers 

on WGCU's GulfCoast Live!


This show's topics will include discussions about the SW FL Museum of History's currently running Civil War Exhibit, the Anniversary of the Battle of Ft. Myers, Mr. Powers' recent research on the Fort, my new Civil War Tours by boat & my speaking engagement at the SW FL Museum set for Feb. 26th @ 5:30pm, amongst an array of related subjects.

The public can participate with GulfCoast Live! in many ways:

This broadcast re-airs on Sunday, February 22nd @11am.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

1pm - 2pm  

WGCU radio 91.1 FM or Marco Island 91.7






ON FEBRUARY 26, 2015 [ SOLD OUT ] 


5:30pm - 6:30pm


My talk titled: "The Patriot & The Widow" will take you back in time to life during The Civil War in our SW FL region.  This true tale is sure to amaze and inspire you!

Tickets are $15 per person for the event.  Participants are invited to come early to experience the museum's Civil War Exhibition at no extra charge or can purchase a discounted ticked for $5 for a return visit on a different day [restrictions apply].

Call tel # 239-321-7430 or email  
Space is limited; reservations are required!

My books will be available through the Museum's Gift Shop, so order them in advance before copies sell out.

Thursday, February 26, 2015  SOLD OUT 
Thursday, March 19, 2015   ENCORE EVENT 

5:30pm - 6:30pm  

SW FL Museum of History
2031 Jackson Street   Ft. Myers, FL  33901
Tel # (239) 321-7430  

$15 per person [reservations required]















Tuesday, March 10, 2015 

Sunday, March 15, 2015  SOLD OUT  
NEWLY ADDED DATE:  Saturday, March 7, 2015
1pm - 5pm [parking included]

$75 per person per trip  ** RESERVATIONS REQUIRED ** 


Captiva Cruises @ McCarthy's Marina on Captiva Island  
[11401 Andy Rosse Lane  Captiva, FL  33924]


Join this historical voyage and learn little known tales from the Civil War right 
here on the Southwest FL coast. You'll be amazed at the victories, defeats, 
heroes, scoundrels, love stories, and incredible strength of the people on both sides.  

Steam back in time and see places where the action unfolded: Captiva Pass, 
Useppa Island, Charlotte Harbor, Cape Haze,
and Devilfish Key.  

Better understand how Florida and our coast were part of the most cataclysmic 
time in our country's history - from the beginnings in 1861 to the actual end in 1865.


Reserve your place by calling # 239-472-5300
 at Captiva Cruises today!

Seats will fill fast.  Private parties are available.

See how beautiful Santiva is:

Relax, unwind & enjoy a leisurely escape ...
Bask in the beauty of the islands' scenery ...
Maybe even spot dolphins along the way ...
Travel back to Civil War days, while learning & having fun!

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In my never ending quest to provide my readers with enough historical knowledge to stand them in good stead at any pub, bar, tavern, or university in the world, I have embarked on a new project at my Facebook page. At the beginning of each month, I present a little known but intriguing fact of history which turned out to be rather influential. 

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Honors Rendered

It’s early 1889. Germany is trying to add the islands of Samoa to its burgeoning Pacific empire. For six months, German and American naval forces have been engaged in an escalating war confrontation at the main Samoan island of Upolu. Warships are at battle stations. Reinforcements from both nations are on the way. The press in Berlin and San Francisco are calling for national honor to be defended. At any minute, open combat may erupt. All it will take is one miscalculation…

Commander Peter Wake, Office of Naval Intelligence, has been given an impossible assignment by President Grover Cleveland, whose administration will end on March 4th, and who plans on running for the presidency again in four years. Cleveland doesn’t want a war to be the legacy of his first term in office. Wake is ordered to get to Samoa and clandestinely accomplish one of two things: somehow prevent war from breaking out, or win it decisively at the outset to prevent it from spreading around the globe.

Enlisting the help of an unlikely team found along the way—a Hawaiian artillery officer, a renegade Methodist minister, and a beautiful shyster—Wake is led into situations he never anticipated, for the South Pacific is a very dangerous place indeed. And in the end, he faces a foe more daunting than any before in his life.

The story in HONORS RENDERED is taken from the real history of the South Pacific, where the clash of Germany and the United States predated World War I by 25 years. The fascinating story of the islands and people of Hawaii, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Samoa, are all part of the novel. It took seven years to research and write this tale of treachery, bravery, nobility, and greed, including six voyages throughout the South Pacific. It was finally completed in 2012, after living for six weeks at Upolu and Pago Pago in Samoa to finish the manuscript.  

HONORS RENDERED was released to bookstores across North America in late September, 2013. The book signing tour began in Maine in late September and continued all the way to Key West in December. The novel garnered excellent critical and reader reviews. zed.





Honorable Lies
"Macomber is the O'Brian of the Caribbean"

Randy Wayne Wright

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Honorable Lies
on the "Studio 10 show" at WTSP--Tampa Bay

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Honorable Lies on NPR's "All Things Considered"


Honor Bound

"Robert Macomber's ongoing fictional representation of latter 19th century U.S. government maritime enterprise dazzles in its mix of historical fact and imaginative embellishment."

 "More then merely convincing are Mr. Macomber's descriptions of devastating storms, devastated ships, exotic vistas, voodoo belief and near death by poisoning. His mastery of the era's seamanship, navigation and technology underpins harrowing narrations of human stamina and willpower pushed to the limits."

Reviewed for Florida Weekly by
Phil Jason, PhD
Professor Emeritus of English
U.S. Naval Academy

Robert N. Macomber's newest novel in the Award-Winning Honor Series

click here to see a short video about the new novel

"A solid entry in a popular series."


 "Making history come alive is Robert Macomber's talent and passion."

--Florida Weekly

"The Darkest Shade of Honor, the eighth novel in Macomber's award-winning Honor Series, is by far his best book yet. I actually read it cover to cover in only one day. It was that good. The action is riveting, the storyline outstanding, the writing exceptional and, given that much of the book's backstory is factual, this one will be a hard book to top. In fact, I can hardly wait for the movie."

-- Naples News

"Macomber's knowledge of maritime history and his ability to mix real characters with fictional characters make his books fascinating reading."

--Saint Augustine Record


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 video introducing The Honored Dead

"Starred--Highly Recommended" review from Booklist

“So vividly written that it’s easy to forget Wake is a made-up character. . . . Fans of the Honor Series will enjoy the shift in narrative point of view: Wake has a strong voice, and it is fascinating to see his world and his time through his own eyes. Highly recommended for fans of naval fiction, especially Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, C. S. Forester’s Hornblower novels, or anything by Bernard Cornwell.”

--David Pitt, Booklist

"You'll never look at the Vietnam War the same after reading The Honored Dead. A "must read" book for anyone who appreciates history, intelligence, and great story-telling, by a master of the art of historical fiction. An action-packed thriller!"

--Rear Admiral Tony Cothron, USN (Ret)
62nd Director of Naval Intelligence

"I have read all of his novels and enjoy Mr. Macomber's writing style, his ability to get the historical facts correct, and his development of interesting characters while spinning his tale. This series is a different kind of naval fiction than Hornblower or the Aubrey books; you don't have to be knowledgeable about nautical terms. Instead, you get caught up in the story without becoming confused trying to define unusual words, which can stop the flow of the novel. This book can be enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series. Highly recommended. I look forward to his eight book."

--Historical Novels Review




Winner of the highest 
award in the genre - 
The American Library Association's 
2008 W.Y. Boyd Literary 
Award for Excellence



~ A Different Kind of Honor ~

Available Fall 2007

"Naval historian Robert Macomber has no rival when it comes to painstaking research and the passion he brings to his subject.  But A Different Kind of Honor  is historical fiction on a different level. -- a thriller as good as James Patterson's best that will satisfy academics  and action junkies  equally."
-- Randy Wayne White

New York Times Best-selling Author

"A tour de force that sails through the uncharted historical waters of Latin American and the Caribbean in the late 19th century with confidence, verve, and crackling energy.  Bob Macomber's series of nautical historical fiction is full speed ahead with this sixth novel, the best yet of a superb series.  He captures well the edgy, unfinished, and fascinating story of the Americas during a time of immense tehnological, political, and cultural change."

Admiral James Stavridis, USN 

"Serving up a well salted history lesson."

Fort Myers (Florida) News-Press





~ An Affair of Honor ~

"Bob Macomber continues to create entertaining and informative story lines that illuminate a tumultuous period in U.S. naval history. Macomber, himself an accomplished sailor, lecturer, and historian, keeps the action lively and the plotting brisk. My advice is to sign on early and set sail with Peter Wake for both solid historical context and exciting sea stories!"

Vice Admiral James Stavridis, Naval Institute Proceedings





~ A Dishonorable Few ~

"A Dishonorable Few is the fourth in the series of novels, and author Robert Macomber continues to create entertaining and informative story lines that illuminate a tumultous period in United States naval history. ...My advice is to sign on early and set sail with Peter Wake for both solid historical context and exciting sea stories."

Vice Admiral James Stavridis, 
United States Naval Institute

"...a rousing adventure tale whose educational,and even inspirational, elements are conveyed with painless ease."

Laurie Chambliss, Book Reviewer, 
Civil War Interactive Magazine

"The Hornblower tradition lives on. ...The sea journeys and battles are well done, with an easy precision that tells where Macomber's strengths as a writer lie..."

Rosalind Brackenbury, Book Reviewer, 
Solares Hill Newspaper, Key West  

"Author Robert Macomber does an excellent job of building a plot and populating his novel with a host of fascinating characters. This fast-moving tale will hold your interest to the end. It has enticed me to seek out the other novels in this award-winning series."

The Ensign---magazine of the United States Power Squadrons



~ Honorable Mention ~

“This is an excellent Civil War–era novel. The characters are drawn with such skill you come to believe you know them personally, and you are right there when the action takes place—not just reading about it. Robert Macomber has produced a novel that will linger in your memory long after the last page is read. He is truly a gifted writer.”

- Patrick D. Smith
Acclaimed historical novelist

"Robert Macomber's Honorable Mention is extraordinary, a first-rate historical novel by a master of the genre. This rousing sea adventure is reminiscent of the swashbuckling yarns of Robert Louis Stevenson and Herman Wouk."

- Joe Weber
 New York Times bestselling novelist


"...In this book, Robert N. Macomber proves that he is not only a superb naval historian, but he can also tell a compelling, action-packed story that educates painlessly as it sails the reader along."

- Randy Wayne White
New York Times bestselling novelist



recipient of  the
2003 John Esten Cooke 
Literary Award
National Award 
with $1,000 prize 



~ Point of Honor ~

"Peter Wake sails under the Stars and Stripes into the maelstrom of the Civil War, off the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, attempting to make some sense of the somber storm engulfing the North and South, while doing his duty. In Robert Macomber's Point of Honor, Peter Wake continues to emerge as an American hero worthy of his counterparts in naval fiction."

- Tall Ships Books

"As the story, begun in At the Edge of Honor,widens in this novel, it becomes richer. The characters are more complex and the action moves well. If you're a fan of 19th century naval history and/or the Civil War, this is a book for you. If not, this book could make you one." 

- Gerald T. Burke 
The Historical Novel Review



recipient of the
2003 Patrick D. Smith Award
Best Historical Novel 
of Florida



~ At The Edge of Honor  ~

"Robert Macomber is a first-rate naval historian, and At the Edge of Honor proves it. The fascinating story of Florida's Civil War sea battles was unknown to me until I read this book"

- Randy Wayne White
Nationally Acclaimed Adventure/Mystery Author

"At last! Finally we have an American character the equivalent of Hornblower or Aubry, a sailor who can do the evolutions and the special missions, who makes things happen and is human besides. Even better, Peter Wake sails in the Civil War, working in a fascinating corner of that terrible conflict, with blockade runners, Spaniards, and Brits mixed up in a rollicking sea adventure. Not to be missed."

- John Prados
Nationally Acclaimed Historian and Author:


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