Code of Honor

"A Novel of RADM Peter Wake, USN, in the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War"

  • Subject: Spring 2022 Catalog | Fiction | Summer 2024 Sale
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    April 15, 2022
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    9 × 6 × 1 in
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    22 oz
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GOLD MEDAL Recipient, Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Award Conference

On a hot June day in 1904, the Russo-Japanese War is raging in Korea and Rear Admiral Peter Wake, forty-year veteran of naval espionage, ship combat, and guerilla wars, is in his White House office as special assistant to President Theodore Roosevelt. The Perdicaris Hostage Crisis in Morocco has diverted Wake from his critical main project: obtaining Imperial Germany’s 1903 revised invasion plans against the United States. After defusing the hostage mess, Wake and his unique team head for Hamburg and St. Petersburg in grand style on a diplomatic mission. But that’s merely a façade for the false-flag operation to get those German plans.

Even as Wake hobnobs with Kaiser Wilhelm II and Czar Nicholas II, he reconnects with contacts in the sordid world of intelligence. In a perilous evening in St. Petersburg, Wake is trapped by the dreaded Russian Okhrana into joining the Russian fleet as a neutral observer on their 18,000-mile voyage around the world to engage the vastly superior Japanese fleet—a certain death sentence.

Wake’s subsequent trek around Europe, Africa, and Asia leads him into the clutches of the Japanese Black Dragon Society; the cataclysmic Battle of Tsushima, which changed world history; the chaotic Trans-Siberian Railway and Potemkin Mutiny in the 1905 Russian Revolution; the Portsmouth Naval Station peace talks; the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize in Norway—and many different codes of honor.

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Editorial Reviews

“Macomber is today's foremost practitioner of a fascinating subgenre – historical fiction of the nautical variety. Building his series on the imagined autobiography of Peter Wake, he's given readers a vivid, multi-dimensional hero. Macomber makes the remarkable times he portrays glow. This latest title is no exception. History comes alive.” —Philip K. Jason, professor emeritus, United States Naval Academy, and author of Acts and Shadows: The Vietnam War in American Literary Culture
“Robert Macomber’s Code of Honor highlighting protagonist Rear Admiral Wake illustrates in historical detail the complex impacts, intrigues and outcomes involved in naval intelligence. Always balancing the cost to human life, Wake reveals the myriad of personal, societal and cultural motivations involved when political alliances shift and conflict ensues.” —Dr. Rachel A. Schipper, director of libraries, The Society of the Four Arts
“If you enjoy good historical fiction, I know that you’ll enjoy this book. If you’ve been reading the Honor Series, this is just one more home run in a grand slam series.” —Virtual Mirage
“Take a deep dive into pre-WW1 historical fiction! This fast moving tale follows the events surrounding the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905. The story takes the reader on a fascinating journey of politics, spy-craft, espionage, and the high seas in an around the world odyssey.” —Retired Rats
“Robert Macomber’s latest book in his Naval Intelligence fictional series is both exciting, educational and timely. His hero, Rear Admiral Peter Wake, gets sent to Czarist Russia and ends up sailing with the Russian Baltic Fleet to the Pacific where it is destroyed by the Japanese Navy in the Battle of the Tsushima Straits in 1905. If all of that excitement isn’t enough, we get to accompany Wake on his several thousand mile journey back to Europe from Vladivostock on the Trans-Siberian railroad and by sailing through the Black Sea. As ever, Macomber’s careful research and exciting narrative provides a compelling story. It’s a must read for fans of Peter Wake and anyone who loves sea stories and Russian history!” —RADM Tony Cothron, USN (Ret.), 62nd Director of Naval Intelligence
“Gripping . . . Difficult to put this book down.”—Maritime Review
Macomber writes with an easy assurance that only comes through deep historical familiarity with the time period and thorough identification with the protagonist. The book is reminiscent of earlier series on fictional naval heroes, such as Horatio Hornblower, Richard Bolitho, and Jack Aubrey. The admiral tells his story in first-person, and he comes across well as a believable professional military man of the period, with his own fears, faults, and talents. I just may have a new favorite author. — Historical Novel Society