Two silver awards

Winner of Two Silver Medals
Best First Book, Fiction
Best Cover, Fiction
Awarded by the IBPA (2020)

A lonely commoner risks war, love, and dishonor to create the legend of Hamlet

Available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook

About J. A. Nelson

J. A. Nelson’s passion for exploring connections between history, literature, and evidence in written texts has shaped her life thus far—from a BA (Occidental College) and MA (The George Washington University) in cultural studies to a two-decade career at the National Archives of the United States, working with historical documentary treasures and helping people access unique stories in those records. A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Nelson lives with her husband in Northern Virginia. A Man of Honor, or Horatio’s Confessions is her debut novel.

About A Man of Honor

How far would you go to keep a deathbed promise?

Amid rising war between rival kings, a dying prince extracts a promise from his friend, Horatio: “Tell my story.” But how will Horatio preserve his honor and the prince’s legacy while surviving this murderous kingdom and the men who would rule it?

Aided by unexpected allies, a courageous lady-in-waiting and a disgraced French nobleman, Horatio’s perilous quest becomes a life-risking journey to save his dignity and the family he craves.

This historical adventure story tells the fictional tale of how Horatio’s oath gave birth to the legend of Hamlet.

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