Lee Mandel’s historical novel Moryak revolves around the story of Lieutenant Stephen Morrison, a naval officer sent by President Theodore Roosevelt on a top-secret mission in 1905. Morrison’s assignment is to work with British agent Sidney Reilly to kidnap Tsar Nicholas II and remove him from Russia before he can sabotage the upcoming Portsmouth Peace conference.
The mission goes awry and Morrison is captured and sentenced to death. Through a quirk of fate, he is instead sent to the infamous Russian prison on Solovetsky Island. There, his increasingly violent nature eventually allows him to dominate the camp as “Moryak” (Russian for Sailor). He soon catches the attention of the Bolshevik prisoners and their growing interactions come to have devastating effects on the evolving revolution in Russia, as well as the Allied war effort as the world descends into the chaos of World War I.
As events unfold and secrets are unveiled in an uncanny political intrigue, Moryak in fact tells the life story of one man’s struggle for acceptance, him finding his place and finding himself.
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Direct descendant of a Russian immigrant who entered the United States of America in 1907 through Ellis Island, Captain Lee R. Mandel of the United States Navy was born in New York City and is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College.
Lee Mandel received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. After completing his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospitals, he reported to active duty in July, 1979.
His first assignment was as staff internist at Naval Region Medical Center Philadelphia, and he was shortly thereafter selected for duty as staff internist at the Office of the Attending Physician, United States Congress.
After serving as the Assistant Chief of Medicine at Naval Hospital Jacksonville for nine months, CAPT Mandel became the first physician ever to be brought back for duty at the United States Congress, where he served from April of 1985 to July of 1986. He next reported to Naval Hospital Bethesda where he headed the General Medicine Division in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also served as Intern Advisor, Transitional Year Program Director and Command Flight Surgeon. CAPT Mandel left active duty to pursue a career in the private sector in December of 1988.
In his private sector career, CAPT Mandel owned his own internal medicine practice in North Carolina, served as a senior group model HMO physician and was a physician executive in both Charlotte, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Lee Mandel is currently the Command Flight Surgeon, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia. He will be retired from the Navy in June, 2013.
CAPT Mandel is a noted historian with interests in military history as well as the health history of United States presidents. In addition to several medical publications, CAPT Mandel has authored several history publications in medical journals and recently had a history manuscript published in a military history journal about VADM John D. Bulkeley’s World War II exploits. In 2009, after reviewing the medical records of President John F. Kennedy, he published his findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine. As a result of his work, he was invited by The History Channel to appear on its show Ten Things You Didn’t Know About JFK. He is also the author of the novel Moryak: A Novel of the Russian Revolution, a work of historical fiction based on his extensive research on Russia and the lead up to World War I.
CAPT Mandel has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh and he is board certified in Internal Medicine and Aviation Medicine. He is a graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College. His personal awards include a Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards and a Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars in lieu of subsequent awards. He and his wife Ann reside in Chesapeake Virginia. Their son Jeffrey is a graduate of Tulane University, is an officer in the United States Navy and is a designated naval aviator. Their daughter Jennifer is a law student at Tulane University.
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