Honoring the Enemy: A Captain Peter Wake Novel
The fourteenth book in the award-winning Honor Series of historical naval novels 'HONORING THE ENEMY' is the story of how American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba in 1898 and against daunting odds fought their way to victory in America's first major power projection... show more
The fourteenth book in the award-winning Honor Series of historical naval novels
'HONORING THE ENEMY' is the story of how American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba in 1898 and against daunting odds fought their way to victory in America's first major power projection overseas.
It is the personal memoir of protagonist Captain Peter Wake, USN. Wake is a veteran of Office of Naval Intelligence operations inside Spanish-occupied Cuba who describes with vivid detail his experiences as a naval liaison ashore with the Cuban and U.S. armies in the jungles hospitals headquarters and battlefields in the 1898 campaign to capture Santiago de Cuba from the Spanish enemy. His younger friend and former superior Theodore Roosevelt is included in Wake's story as the two of them endure the hell of war in the tropics.
The memoir also portrays Wake's deep love affair with his Spanish-born wife Maria who is a volunteer Red Cross nurse at the U.S. Army field hospital in Cuba. After having lost so much already to the war she hates, Maria has plunged herself into working with Clara Barton to save lives but ends up on the verge of mortal sickness herself.
Wake's descriptions of the military campaign ashore are a window into the woeful incompetence impressive innovations energy-sapping frustration and breathtaking bravery that is always at the heart of combat. His description of the great naval battle from the unique viewpoint of a prisoner aboard the most famous Spanish warship is an emotional rendering of how the concept of honor can transform a hopeless cause into a noble gesture of humanity..
'Honoring the Enemy' focuses on the personal cost of combat the political intrigue which leads to it the myths that are destroyed by it and the grit and honor which will get you through it.
Publish date: 2019-03-15
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Pages no: 347
Edition language: English
Series: Honor (#14)