No Greater Duty
by Robert Stewart
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2022
Alex Kramer, a prior-enlisted marine and a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, saved three gravely-wounded brothers during combat and was decorated for extraordinary valor. Now conflict confronts him after he takes unauthorized leave to prevent a suicide by a Marine whose life he had rescued under fire. Navy Lieutenant Tara Marcellus, an Academy graduate and submarine junior officer, has returned to Annapolis as a company officer. She meets the fearless midshipman who petitions Tara's sense of moral courage when senior officers recommend punishing Alex with the harshest sanction: separation.
Alex's case triggers heated arguments at the Naval Academy's highest levels. He fiercely defends the code of honor he swore, and bled, to uphold; never leave a sailor or Marine behind. Tara deals with a major test of character: either take Alex's side with risks to her role, or do nothing and regret her silence. Together, the two young service members will stand up for a greater duty---for integrity---because it is honorable, despite any consequences that lie ahead for them.
A Note From the Publisher
eBook ISBN: 978-1-952782-60-2
“No Greater Duty is a tour de force that plunges readers headfirst into a skillfully paced, intricately plotted ethics drama on par with A Sense of Honor by James Webb. Stewart captures the gritty, often paradoxical, essence of military service, expertly presenting one of the most omnipresent leadership challenges— how to balance ‘doing what is right’ against ‘the rules.’ A timely, riveting story by an author highly tuned into the Naval Academy and the naval service.”
– Steven Konkoly, USNA ‘93. Wall Street Journal best-selling author
“A powerful story that provides a multi-faceted leadership case study full of ethics challenges. The author does a great job developing the characters in a realistic context that displays their individual growth, and biases facing women service members.”
– RADM Margaret Klein, USN (Ret.), USNA ‘81, former Commandant of Midshipmen
“It sounds cliche to call No Greater Duty a page-turner, or a book that you can’t put down, but it really is. I found myself not wanting the story to end. It keeps you engaged, immersed, and entertained with each page.”
– Commander David R. McKinney, USN (Ret.), USNA ‘98
Online and possible paperback promotional materials and communications about the book to U.S. Naval Academy graduates, retired and active-duty Navy and Marine Corps, midshipmen parents associations, and advocates/followers of the Naval Academy
Possible attendance at USNA Class Reunions regarding the book
Possible inclusion in USNA Publications such as Wave Tops, a monthly e-newsletter that goes to a readership of 57,000 USNA graduates.
Seeking media coverage – local to national, in publications such as:
The Washington Post
Capital Gazette – Annapolis, MD
The Baltimore Sun
Regional media where U.S. Navy and Marine Corps bases are located
U.S. military publications
Presentations and direct sales in late June 2022 at the Naval Academy’s annual induction Day.
Possible events with:
Barnes and Noble, Annapolis, MD
Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
The U.S. Naval Academy Visitor Center Gift Shop
The Naval Academy Midshipman Store
Working on acquiring reviews from distinguished USNA and other retired military individuals for the book
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Average rating from 4 members
An outstanding book that encompasses so much about the military: its institutions, its rules (written and unwritten), and its personnel (good and bad). When a marine grunt decides to enter the Naval Academy, he finds that a lot of what he had learned in the marines couldn’t be (or wasn’t) taught in the classroom. Standing by his strong moral compass puts him at odds with Academy regulations and puts him at risk.
Alex is the son of an Navy career father. His father expects him to follow his footsteps into the Naval Academy.
Instead, Alex joins the Marines....which disappoints his father and Alex's girlfriend as well.
Alex does exceptionally well in the Marine Corp, also seeing combat and earns the highest medals.
He then joins the Naval Academy to become a Marine Corp Officer.
However he has to break a rule and go absent without leave to help a Marine he served with. This gets him into a lot of trouble. But he stands his ground on what he believes is a matter of honor.
This is a terrific book about the military code and honor and the people we are and become when serving in the military.
Thoroughly good read.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
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