Character is destiny for Macomber’s Commander Wake

“Honor Bound,” by Robert N. Macomber. Pineapple Press. 392 pages. $21.95.

Robert N. Macomber’s ongoing fictional representation of later 19th century U. S. government maritime enterprise dazzles in its mix of historical fact and imaginative embellishment.  Mr. Macomber now presents the valiant and often unruly intelligence officer, Commander Peter Wake, in a satisfying new blend of romantic and life-threatening adventures. 

This, the ninth title in the “Honor Series,” finds Wake essentially abandoning an espionage mission regarding Spanish naval preparedness. Why? Cynda Saunders, a woman he first met during the Civil War, comes upon the present scene (in 1888), crossing Wake’s path in St. Augustine. She is determined to find her teenage son, Luke, who is missing on a treasure-hunt adventure in the Caribbean and possibly in bad company.

 The Commander feels “honor bound” to help her, given her distress and their former acquaintance. That she is powerfully attractive seals the deal. Wake, as ever in the company of his trusty aide Sean Rork, rounds up a team of eccentric characters to assist Cynda. The most notable of this group is ethnologist Cornelius (Corny) Rathburn; however, the Bahamian Seminole and the Polish-Haitian soldier (who joins the group later) are not far behind. The team must seek out the Condor, the schooner on which Luke has found employment (or perhaps enslavement).  The schooner’s master, Captain Kingston, may be up to no good.

Robert N. Macomber

As the story develops, readers enter a murky world in which revolutionary forces are challenging established European governments in Russia and elsewhere.  More than one person they encounter is, like Peter Wake when on assignment, a covert intelligence agent probing for information and advantage. It may seem odd that the setting for this activity involves such places as Key West, Nassau, Andros Island, Great Inagua Island, Haiti, and other Caribbean locations. However, Robert Macomber’s extrapolations from historical sources are remarkably convincing. . . .

To read this review in its entirely, as it appears in the May 4, 2011 edition of the Fort Myers Florida Weekly and the May 5 Naples edition, click here: Florida Weekly – Robert Macomber 2

PDF version: Macomber pdf-1 and Macomber pdf-2

See also: Florida Weekly – Robert Macomber

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