The Honored Dead by Robert N. Macomber

Book Review : The Honored Dead

By Robert N. Macomber

  • Publication Date: 2012-03-19
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature

Book Review

Robert Macomber’s Honor series of naval fiction follows the life and career of Peter Wake in the U.S. Navy during the tumultuous years from 1863 to 1901.

The Honored Dead is the seventh in the series. The previous novels are At the Edge of Honor (winner of the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award as Best Historical Novel of Florida), Point of Honor (winner of the John Esten Cook Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction), Honorable Mention, A Dishonorable Few, An Affair of Honor, and A Different Kind of Honor (winner of the American Library Association Boyd Literary Award for Military Fiction).

Lt. Cmdr. Peter Wake, Office of Naval Intelligence, is in French Indochina in 1883 on a secret mission for President Chester Arthur.
The novel opens with Wake aboard a riverboat on the Mekong River. The mission sounded simple in Washington: deliver the American president’s reply to a confidential naval offer from the king of Cambodia, while clandestinely assessing the region’s political and military situation. Wake figures it will take two more weeks and he’ll be homeward bound.
Six months later, after nearly dying at the hands of opium warlords, Chinese-Malay pirates, and French gangsters; after suffering starvation at sea, surviving a typhoon, being marooned on a beach, and enduring a horrific full-scale battle—Wake is still there. Exhausted, frustrated, and scared, he and his motley band of companions can now testify that nothing is simple in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Empire of Viet Nam.

“The Honored Dead is a must-read book for anyone who appreciates history, intelligence, and great story-telling by a master of the art of historical fiction.” Rear Adm. Tony Cothron, USN (retired), 62nd Director of Naval Intelligence

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