Meet new member and award-winning author Robert Macomber
Robert N. Macomber’s credentials are distinctive and diverse. He has earned the prestigious title of Distinguished Lecturer at NATO HQs [Belgium], U.S. Southern Command, and U.S. European Command [Germany]. For ten years, he was invited into the Distinguished Military Author Series, Center for Army Analysis [Ft. Belvoir].
As a prolific author, Mr. Macomber has been the recipient of the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award, the American Library Association’s W.Y. Boyd Literary Award, and a Silver Medal in Popular Fiction from the Florida Book Awards, to name a few.
Mr. Macomber captivates a variety of audiences with storyteller expertise on numerous historical and literary subjects. He is best known for his fourteen Honor Series novels. The newest, Honoring the Enemy released March 15, 2019, and is published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press. It is a story of war and love set in 1898 Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
When Mr. Macomber is not writing, researching, or on one of his extensive journeys, he lives on Pine Island, on the same SW Florida coast where he grew up. For relaxation, he enjoys sailing among the more remote islands near his home and cooking the exotic cuisines from his novels.
For a unique perspective, check out “Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music”, an NPR podcast by WGCU, Episode 33 [https://wgcu.org/3ss-episode-33-robert-macomber].
Honoring the Enemy (Honor Series Book #14)
Honoring the Enemy is the story of how American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba in 1898 and, against daunting odds, fought their way to victory. Capt. Peter Wake, USN, is a veteran of Office of Naval Intelligence operations inside Spanish-occupied Cuba, who describes with vivid detail his experiences as a naval liaison ashore with the Cuban and U.S. armies in the jungles, hospitals, headquarters, and battlefields in the 1898 campaign to capture Santiago de Cuba from the Spanish. His younger friend, and former superior, Theodore Roosevelt, is included in Wake’s story, as the two of them endure the hell of war in the tropics.
Wake’s account of the military campaign ashore is a window into the woeful incompetence, impressive innovations, energy-sapping frustration, and breathtaking bravery that is always at the heart of combat. His description of the great naval battle, from the unique viewpoint of a prisoner onboard the most famous Spanish warship, is an emotional rendering of how the concept of honor can transform a hopeless cause into a noble gesture of humanity.