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At the Edge of Honor [NOOK Book]

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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. At the Edge of Honor is the first in the series and winner of the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award as Best Historical Novel of Florida. The year is 1863. The Civil War is leaving its bloody trail across the nation as Peter Wake, born and bred in snowy New England, joins the U.S. Navy as a volunteer officer and is assigned to steamy Key West for duty with the East...
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Overview

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. At the Edge of Honor is the first in the series and winner of the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award as Best Historical Novel of Florida. The year is 1863. The Civil War is leaving its bloody trail across the nation as Peter Wake, born and bred in snowy New England, joins the U.S. Navy as a volunteer officer and is assigned to steamy Key West for duty with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. While learning to command in combat, Wake battles enemies afloat and ashore, new to the politics and illicit liaisons created by war. Wake risks his reputation as a tough officer and smart decision-maker when he falls in love with Linda Donahue, whose father is a Confederate zealot. Their love is tested as Wake must make the ugly decisions of war in a beautiful, tropical paradise—decisions that will take Peter Wake right up to the edge of honor.
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Macomber's maiden voyage is the first of seven projected installments tracing a seaman's career during the American Civil War. Assigned to his first command position in 1863, Officer Peter Wake takes charge of a Union navy sloop charged with patrolling the gulf waters and disrupting Confederate trade routes. Sailing from port to port and out to sea and back, often without engaging the enemy, Wake learns quickly how isolating life aboard ship can be. His confrontations with his rebellious crew are nearly as grueling as skirmishes with rebel forces, and an outbreak of malaria ravages Key West, where his ship is based. Wake's romance with Key West resident and reb sympathizer Linda adds an extra dimension to the tale, but the ups and downs of their relationship can't make up for the dearth of galvanizing action at sea. Despite the promise of more volumes to come, too many plot lines are left dangling: Wake's aggressive bos'n is baited as a possible traitor but drowns before anything can be proved, and the investigation of a high-seas conspiracy is deferred. The raw nature of gun-wielding seamen remains largely unexplored here, and the nitty-gritty details of seamanship and navigation are less than vividly portrayed, but Macomber does skillfully describes tactical strategizing while providing the history of Florida's Civil War sea battles. (Feb. 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"Macomber skillfully describes tactical strategizing while providing the history of Florida's Civil War sea battles."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561645206
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/25/2012
  • Series: Honor Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 279,690
  • File size: 728 KB

Meet the Author

Robert N. Macomber writes and lectures on maritime history. He has sea experience on various types of vessels, from the historic U.S.C.G.C. Eagle to modern ships such as the U.S.S. Spruance and U.S.C.G.C. Marlin. He has been on Israeli patrol boats in the Mediterranean Sea, Hungarian patrol boats on the Danube River, and U.S.C.G. patrol boats in the Gulf of Mexico. Macomber has operated locks and tugs in the Panama Canal and been the guest of the senior petty officers of H.M.S. Victory. He became a Shellback in 1982, crossing the equator into the South Atlantic Ocean on the M/V Santa Mariana. Racing offshore sailing vessels in Florida, the Bahamas, and Mexico for many years, he has received over twenty-five trophies and awards. Macomber lives on a small palm plantation on an island off the coast of lower Florida. At the Edge of Honor is his first in a series of novels on the life of Peter Wake, U.S.N. Learn more about him at robertmacomber.com.
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