Duty, Honor, Country: A Novel of West Point and the Civil War

Duty, Honor, Country: A Novel of West Point and the Civil War

by Bob Mayer


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Two West Point cadets are caught up in the historical events of the most significant era in United States history when the nation was torn apart by a Civil War.
Lucius Rumble and Elijah Cord encounter war, political intrigue, personal tragedies and more while encountering historical figures such as Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, Kit Carson and more.
The story begins at West Point in 1840 where Rumble and Cord clash over tavern owner Benny Haven

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935712367
Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2013
Pages: 492
Sales rank: 916,353
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 70 books published. He has sold over five million books.

He's been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll.

Born in the Bronx, Bob attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education.

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Duty, Honor, Country: A Novel of West Point and the Civil War 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better books that I have read on events leading up to the War Between The States. Altho fiction, it reads astho all the events were true.
pgfrench More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable book. Worth the time to read it. Flow of story makes you think, like a remembered history lesson. Too bad proofreaders did NOT catch the obvious errors of misspelled word, and the not so obvious words not in proper sequence, or missing words that leave reader filling in the missing word. Author did just fine, publishers proofreaders did NOT do too good. Someone needs to tell the author.
Sally_Bennett_Author More than 1 year ago
Only a man who survived the trials and tribulations of the West Point cadets and went on to serve his country as an active-duty officer could write such a brilliant dramatization of the military careers and personal lives of the main characters who people this book: Ulysses S. Grant, Lucius Kosciusko Rumble, and Elijah Cord. By showing us the early events that helped shape them into men of honor, Bob Mayer escapes the trap of simply summarizing known facts from diaries, letters, and so forth that necessarily plagues historians and biographers of the great Civil War generals. Here he creates an engaging, mostly imaginary account based on facts. Although Mayer's series might not qualify as historiography (in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August"), there is so much in this novel about early West Point history, the severe discipline and harsh living conditions, and long-established traditions such as the rings, the Honor Code, Beast Barracks, plebe hazing, Silencing, and the terms for each class (plebes, yearlings, cows, and firsties), along with descriptions of such iconic places as the Plain, South Dock, and Kosciuszko's garden, that readers gain a feel for what it means to be a part of the Long Gray Line. Though many things have changed for cadets in the past two hundred years, the emphasis on duty, honor, and country as precepts guiding all of these cadets as they move into the army (and for some, carried into civilian life later) remains unchanged. The disappointments, pain, and regrets of all the former West Point cadets shown in this book (especially those who went on to become the most famous Civil War generals) provide gut-wrenching insights into the politics and cultural undercurrents that surrounded these men, compounded by Mayer's deft portrayal of the misery of war, the importance of family, and what must be done sometimes to survive. In addition, their many personal weaknesses and struggles to become better men put a human face on this epic story. The question of what IS honor, as shown through the comparison between Lucius Rumble and George King, takes center court in this gripping novel and provides sufficient reason to keep the pages turning even if you aren't a big fan of military history. A few discordant notes in this book come from the many subplots, such as that of the primary antagonist, St. George Dyer, a slave overseer who hunts down Lucius Rumble and his son in the midst of a Civil War battle. Dyer may very well have existed and might have been as brutal as portrayed here, but having an entire subplot focused on his greed and desire to destroy the Rumble family detracts from the valuable service he does in the book: providing a link with the fascinating Texas war profiteer Sally Skull, another actual historical figure. There are so many secondary characters that some of their stories simply vanish instead of being wrapped up at the end, leading to a sense of an abrupt ending and matters left unfinished. (Disclaimer: I received a free evaluation copy to review.) *************** Editorial quibbles for those who care about such things: missing punctuation marks, occasional typos, and homophone errors suggest that although this book went through a spelling/grammar checker, it was not professionally proofread or edited.
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MB_96 More than 1 year ago
Bob Mayer brings to life some of the leading personalities of the Civil War Era, giving a look into their time not only at West Point but also during the years leading up to and including the early years of the war.
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Desert_Fox More than 1 year ago
Taking many well known figures from the time of the American Civil War from their time as cadets at West Point, this novelization of history was well written and carried the reader along. The personalization of Benny Haven and the famous/infamous Tavern was interesting. Mayer gave a personality to individuals who might otherwise remain remote. Interestingly, though it was supposed to be a long novel, on my Nook with normal typeface and type size, it often turned 2 or 3 pages per click, suggesting that the "pages" were postage stamp size in the original. I like historical novels that are long and filled with period detail -- this one was done with way too soon.
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