By  Mike Miller  February 7, 2023

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning writer, internationally acclaimed lecturer, and an accomplished seaman.  Raised in Lee County, Florida, Mr. Macomber is alive and well and lives on Pine Island, Florida.

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Robert has been guest author and lecturer aboard the Queen Mary 2 and her sister Cunard Queens, the Silversea fleet, and other luxury ocean liners.

He appears at venues around the United States as well, speaking on forty-eight topics featuring subjects on maritime history and writing. 

His defense consultant work included a decade of annual projects for the U.S. Army Center for Analysis, where he was named a “Distinguished Author”.

He has conducted many briefings to the Office of Naval Intelligence, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command, NATO headquarters, and other organizations. 

Mr. Macomber grew up on the waters along the southwest coast of Florida. By age seventeen, he was an offshore racing skipper and raced for the next thirty-two years in Florida, the Bahamas, and Mexico.

When not traveling the world on research treks, lecture tours, or book signings, he lives on Pine Island, the same coast where he grew up.

When not writing or researching, Robert enjoys sailing among the more remote islands of Southwest Florida and cooking the exotic cuisines from his novels. 

In addition to the cadre of work below, here’s a short list of some media attention he’s received:

  • 2001 Florida Genealogical Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction magazine and newspaper work on Florida’s maritime history
  • 2006 Florida Monthly magazine’s Most Intriguing Author
  • 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
  • 2017 Silver Medal in Popular Fiction from the Florida Book Awards
  • 2019 Gold Medal in Popular Fiction from the Florida Book Awards
  • 2020 Florida Writer of the Year:  Florida Writers Association

Best known for his novels in the Honor Series, Mr. Macomber’s popular maritime thrillers describe the life and career of a U.S. naval officer, Peter Wake, from the Civil War in Florida to the Great White Fleet in 1908. 

From 1882 on, Wake works with the Office of Naval Intelligence, America’s first espionage agency, on missions around the world.

These maritime escapades highlight the U.S. Navy’s critical role in the expansion of America from a continental country in the mid-19th century to a global power in the early 20th century. 

There are 17 novels planned in the series. Robert has loyal, enthusiastic fans around the world, who have named themselves "Wakians", after the main character of the series. 

Through these novels, Mr. Macomber illuminates significant events of world history, which served as the foundation for the world as we know it today.

His first (At the Edge of Honor) and fourteenth (Honoring The Enemy) novels won the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida.

His second (Point of Honor) won the 2004 John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction.

His sixth (A Different Kind of Honor) won the top national award, the American Library Association's 2008 W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

To date, the following are available:

  • At the Edge of Honor [2002]
  • Point of Honor [2003]
  • Honorable Mention [2004]
  • A Dishonorable Few [2005]
  • An Affair of Honor [2006]
  • A Different Kind of Honor [2007]
  • The Honored Dead [2009]
  • The Darkest Shade of Honor [2010]
  • Honor Bound [2011]
  • Honorable Lies [2012]
  • Honors Rendered [2013]
  • The Assassin’s Honor [2015]
  • An Honorable War [2017]
  • Honoring the Enemy [2019]
  • Word of Honor [2020]
  • Code of Honor [2022]
  • Full Naval Honors [2023]
  • Learn more about his Florida book signing appearances, lectures and other work by visiting his website at Robert Macomber

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