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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.

The Honor Series

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 West.

There are 22 novels planned for the Honor Series. The novels and awards of the Honor Series to date are:

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 and monetary prize in the genre

The Honored Dead

Starred—Highly Recommended by BOOKLIST

The Darkest Shade of Honor

Honor Bound

Honorable Lies

Honors Rendered

Editor’s choice by Historical Novels Review


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 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 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

In 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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