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The Recipient's Son: A Novel of Honor

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The Recipient's Son is a coming of age story set at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1990's By the author of Proximity, it tells the story of Donald Durago, a young man whose father was killed in the Vietnam War. For his heroic actions under fire his father was a recipient of the Medal of Honor. His father's heroism also provides Durago with an appointment to the U.S. Naval A ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by US Naval Institute Press
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Stephen Phillips
May 31, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author.
Doug Norton
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Recipient’s Son is a moving look at its hero’s journey and a clear-eyed take on an iconic institution, its setting, and its denizens. It will engage insiders (perhaps starting a few arguments) and both fascinate and inform outsiders.

This engrossing coming-of-age novel is also a dive into the world’s largest aquarium—Bancroft Hall, known as “Mother B”—home to the Brigade of Midshipman. Along the outer confines of Mother B spectators, faculty, and officers observe the midshipmen—as similar and
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Haysoos Honu
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stephen Phillips tells the story of a Medal of Honor recipient's son attending the U.S. Naval Academy. At the beginning, despite his family roots being steeped in honor, he is not the most likable character and struggles greatly with embracing both the Academy and it's traditions. As someone who rarely reads fiction these days, I was so please to find one that kept me absolutely captivated from start to finish. Stephen Phillips accurately captures some of the bizarre quirks of Academy life makin ...more
Robert Devine
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Readable story about Naval Academy in 1990s; generally good writing and I liked the details about the Academy (particularly the middle third of the book), but found the plot uneven.
Katie C
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent book! Brought back memories of Annapolis and the traditions of the Naval Academy. Highly recommend.
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A good read, set at the Naval Academy. I enjoyed it.
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Stephen Phillips is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Special Operations Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician at EOD Mobile Units Six, Eight, and Ten. Steve is the award-winning author of "Proximity: A Novel of the Navy's Elite Bomb Squad," and the forthcoming novel about the Naval Academy; "The Recipient's Son."

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