A brief look at Robert N. Macomber and his work

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning and internationally recognized Florida author, lecturer, and TV commentator. He is best known for his novels in the Honor Series and for his lectures across the globe.

The Honor Series

Mr. Macomber’s popular Honor Series of naval thrillers describe the career and personal life of a fictional American naval officer, Peter Wake, which starts in 1863, during the Civil War. From 1882 to the end of his career in 1908, Wake serves in America’s first espionage agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence. The novels illuminate the U.S. Navy’s critical role in the expansion of America from a continental country in the mid-19th century into a global power in the early 20th century.

Several have gotten the attention of filmmakers in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Macomber has readers around the world  and has garnered acclaim from critics, authors, and readers. His quarterly newsletter goes out to over 3,000 enthusiastically loyal readers. Some have named themselves “Wakians”, after the main character of the series. His book and lecture tours vary year to year, sometimes taking him throughout eastern sections of the U.S.A., always around Florida, and often abroad.

Florida author Robert N. Macomber brings history to life!

Onward & Upward!

There are 22 novels planned for the Honor Series.
To date, the following are available:

  • At the Edge of Honor
    2003 Patrick D. Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida
  • Point of Honor
    2004 John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction
  • Honorable Mention
  • A Dishonorable Few
  • An Affair of Honor
  • A Different Kind of Honor
    American Library Association’s
    2008 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
    The highest national award in the genre
  • The Honored Dead
    Starred Review – Highly Recommended by BOOKLIST
  • The Darkest Shade of Honor
  • Honor Bound
  • Honorable Lies
    Nominated for the American Library Association’s
    Literary Award
  • Honors Rendered
    Editor’s Choice by Historical Novels Review
  • The Assassin’s Honor
  • An Honorable War
    Due to be released mid-February 2017

Media Accolades for the Honor Series

Accolades in the media for Mr. Macomber’s work include reviews from:      

Publisher’s Weekly, BOOKLIST, Historical Novels Review, National Public Radio, The United States Naval Institute, Tall Ships Books, Civil War Interactive Magazine, The Ensign of the U.S. Power Squadrons, Florida Monthly, Florida Weekly, Ft. Myers News-Press, Naples Daily News, St. Augustine Record,  Key West’s Solares Hill, and many others.    

Other Awards and Recognitions

As well as the aforementioned awards and media attention, Robert N. Macomber has received many other awards and recognitions for his work, including:

  • 2001 Florida Genealogical Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction magazine and newspaper work on Florida’s maritime history
  • 2003 to 2013 annual lecturer in the Distinguished Military Author Series at the Center for Army Analysis, Ft. Belvoir near Washington D.C.
  • 2006 Florida Monthly magazine’s Most Intriguing Author of 2006
  • 2008 Distinguished Lecturer at the U.S. Southern Command
  • 2010 Distinguished Lecturer at NATO HQs in Belgium
  • 2010 Distinguished Lecturer at the U.S. European Command in Germany
  • 2012 One of the nationally acclaimed authors chosen to collaborate in the writing of My Bookstore, a tribute to the independent bookstores of America
  • 2013 Grand Marshal of Florida’s Edison Pageant of Light Parade


Mr. Macomber lectures around the world as guest author aboard ships such as the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, the Silversea Line, and the Seabourn Line. He has been a naval history lecturer for the American History Forum and the Civil War Education Association, and has spoken at historical and academic venues around the United States. His lectures span 50 maritime and literary topics. He has appeared in many Florida PBS maritime history documentaries, and has been a featured author at state, regional, and international book festivals.

Defense Consulting

In addition to his other work, Mr. Macomber has been a defense consultant, specializing in strategic vision and planning by utilizing historical analogies of what works. He has lectured in the Distinguished Military Author Series at the Center for Army Analysis at Fort Belvoir, near Washington D.C., and has been a Distinguished Lecturer at the U.S. Southern Command, the U.S. European Command in Germany, and for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at NATO Headquarters in Belgium. He has also lectured at the Office of Naval Intelligence, the West Point Society, the Military Officers Association of the United States, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and various other government and military organizations.

Life at Home

Mr. Macomber grew up on the waters along the SW coast of Florida. By age seventeen, he was an offshore racing skipper and raced for the next thirty-two years in Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas. When not traveling the world on research treks, lecture tours, or book signings, he lives on Pine Island, the same coast where he grew up. When not writing, he enjoys sailing among the more remote islands and cooking the exotic cuisines from his novels.