A brief look
at Robert N. Macomber and his work
Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning
and internationally recognized author, lecturer, and TV commentator.
He is best known for his novels in the Honor Series and his lectures
around the world.
Mr. Macomber’s popular Honor Series of
naval thrillers decribe 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 across North
America and Europe, and has garnered acclaim from critics, authors,
and readers. His newsletter goes out to over 3,000 of his
enthusiastically loyal readers around the world, who have named
themselves “Wakians,”after the main character of the series. His
book tours range along the eastern United States from Maine to Key
There are 22 novels planned for the Honor
Series. The novels and awards of the Honor Series to date are:
the Edge of Honor
2003 Patrick D. Smith Literary Award
for Best Historical Novel of Florida
2004 John Esten Cooke Literary Award
for Best Work in Southern Fiction
An Affair of Honor
A Different Kind of Honor
American Library Association’s
The Honored Dead
Starred—Highly Recommended by BOOKLIST
The Darkest Shade of Honor
Editor’s choice by Historical Novels Review
Media Accolades for the Honor Series
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
well as the aforementioned awards and media attention, Robert N.
Macomber has received many other awards and recognitions for his work,
Florida Genealogical Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his
non-fiction magazine and newspaper work on Florida’s maritime
to 2013 annual lecturer in the Distinguished Military Author Series at
the Center for Army Analysis, Ft. Belvoir near Washington D.C.
Florida Monthly magazine’s
Most Intriguing Author of 2006
Distinguished Lecturer at the U.S. Southern Command
Distinguished Lecturer at NATO HQs in Belgium
Distinguished Lecturer at the U.S. European Command in Germany
One of the nationally acclaimed authors chosen to collaborate in the
writing of My Bookstore, a
tribute to the independent bookstores of America.
Grand Marshal of Florida’s Edison Pageant of Light Parade
Macomber annually 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 48 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
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
most years, Mr. Macomber is at sea for 5,000 miles or more, mostly in
the Pacific and Atlantic. When not traveling the world on research,
lecture, or book signing journeys, he lives quietly on Pine Island, on the same Southwest
Florida coast where he grew up.
For relaxation, he enjoys cooking the various world cuisines from his novels, and gunkholing (the old sailors' term for exploring) among the more remote places in the islands near his home.
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