The Honored Dead 

Starred—Highly Recommended by BOOKLIST, this seventh novel of the award-winning Honor Series finds Lt. Cmdr. Peter Wake, Office of Naval Intelligence, aboard a riverboat on the Mekong River, in 1883 French Indo-China. The mission sounded simple in Washington: deliver the American president’s reply to a secret naval offer from the king of Cambodia, while assessing the region’s political-military situation. Wake figures it’ll take two more weeks and he’ll be homeward bound. Six months later, after nearly dying at the hands of opium warlords, Chinese-Malay pirates, and French gangsters; after suffering starvation at sea, nearly falling in love with a beautiful widow, surviving a typhoon, being marooned on a beach, and enduring a horrific full-scale battle—Wake is still there. Exhausted, frustrated, and scared, he and his motley band of companions, can now testify that nothing is simple in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Empire of Viet Nam. This story illuminates the beginning of the bloody cultural clash that lasted for the next hundred years in Southeast Asia, with each side determined to avenge their honored dead. In addition, there is a huge surprise at the very beginning of this novel, one that will please and intrigue long time and new readers alike, kindling a mystery it may take years to solve. All in all, this was the most fascinating, and dangerous, novel yet for me to research and write, compelling me to journey by riverboat , from the Delta country in Vietnam, far up the Mekong River, into the interior of Cambodia. My trek echoed the journey Wake made himself, one-hundred and twenty-six years ago, almost to the day of the book's release. Just as with Peter Wake, it changed my life forever.

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