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The Service of the Sword: Worlds of Honor #4 | [David Weber, Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn, John Ringo, Victor Mitchell, Eric Flint]

The Service of the Sword: Worlds of Honor #4

Readers and listeners can't get enough of Honor Harrington and her world, and here David Weber is again, accompanied by some of the top science fiction writers in the field - including John Ringo, Eric Flint, Timothy Zahn and Weber himself - with new adventures of the best starship commander in the galaxy, and explorations of previously uncharted corners of her universe. It's a party - and you're invited!
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Readers and listeners can't get enough of Honor Harrington and her world, and here David Weber is again, accompanied by some of the top science-fiction writers in the field - including John Ringo, Eric Flint, Timothy Zahn, and Weber himself - with new adventures of the best starship commander in the galaxy, and explorations of previously uncharted corners of her universe. It's a party - and you're invited!

©2003 David Weber, Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn, John Ringo, Victor Mitchell, Eric Flint (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-13-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Another great Honorverse book"

    I've enjoyed most of the short story compilation for the Honorverse series including this book.
    1) Promised Land by Jane Lindskold. The Story of Michael Winston's snotty cruise reveals how he met Judith. Good back ground for later events in the main series.
    2.) With One Stone by Timothy Zahn. This is a story with Honor as Captain of a heavy Cruiser Fearless on escort duty. Rafe Cardones is detached from Fearless to chase down a mystery ship. This is a free standing story but in the main Honor series she does do a lot of convoy escort work.
    3) A Ship Named Francis by John Ringo-- I know this was suppose to be funny but I just could not stand it. To me it was a terrible story.
    4) Let's Go to Prague by John Ringo. Mullins and Gonzalves are 2 members of covert insertion team working for ONI. This is also a stand alone story but gives back ground to the work of Admiral Patricia Givens spy program.
    5) Fanatic by Eric Flint. Introduction into Victor Cachat who is a Peep spy and trouble shooter. Cachat plays big role in the later Honor books and in the sub series Wages of Sin.
    6) The Service of the Sword by David Weber. A substantial story about Abigail Hearns' snotty cruise aboard RMS Gauntlet. Abigail is the first female Grayson to graduate for Saganami. She is mentored by Honor. Abigail goes on to star in "Shadow of Saganami". I really enjoyed the background provided by this story. I think I enjoyed this story the most in this book.
    Can not get enough of Honor and her world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 10-06-12
    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 10-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I liked every story in this collection."

    “PROMISED LAND” by Jane Lindskold
    I read this story when it originally came out, and I recall that I liked it, but it was fairly grim. I wasn’t feeling like listening to anything grim this week, so I skipped it. However, it is the story of a girl who is kidnaped and enslaved by Masadans. Queen Elizabeth’s younger brother Michael gets in on the action here.

    “WITH ONE STONE” by Timothy Zahn
    On the Honerverse time line, this takes place between “On Basilisk Station” and “The Honor of the Queen”. Honor has been given command of a new starship to replace the one destroyed in “On Basilisk Station,” and she and her crew are being sent on anti-piracy duty in Silesian space. However, Honor isn’t the main character in this story. Rafe Cardones is. The story is well written. My rating: 4 stars

    “A SHIP NAMED FRANCIS” by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell
    This story is short. It is also horrifyingly funny. My Rating: 3.5 stars

    “LET’S GO TO PRAGUE” by John Ringo
    This is what happens when two hotshot secret agents make their vacation plans while under the influence. It is funny and well written. My rating: 3.5 stars

    “FANATIC” by Eric Flint
    As I was listening to this today, I kept thinking what a good writer Eric Flint is. I really like this story. It tells the story of Victor Cachat. For those who haven’t read all of the Honor books, Victor is a Havenite spy. But he isn’t working against the Manticorans in this story. He is sent to troubleshoot when an Imp Sec bigwig is murdered. I Really like this story. My rating: 5 stars

    “THE SERVICE OF THE SWORD” by David Weber
    This story is about Abigail Hearns. We first met her in “Ashes of Victory.” She was the first Grayson woman to enter military service. In this story, she is on her Midshipman’s cruise. The ship she is serving aboard gets into some trouble, and so does she. This story and “Fanatic” are two of my favorites among all the Worlds of Honor anthologies. My rating: 5 stars

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Professor United States 10-18-12
    Professor United States 10-18-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Honor Harrington Universe Book 13"

    ______________________PROMISED LAND_______________________________
    A bit grim story about Prince Michael, Queen's Elizabeth younger brother,
    which contradicts some other facts.
    I rate 2.5


    ______________________WITH ONE STONE_______________________________
    A little flashback to the time between first and second book,
    the story is in category of background sound,
    Sometimes you listen to it but you don't have to.


    ___________________A SHIP NAMED FRANCIS_____________________________
    This masterpiece is a good recipe for relaxation.
    You'll laugh until you cry
    on 1 to 5 scale I rate 5.5


    ______________________LET’S GO TO PRAGUE_____________________________
    You can also find some funny things in this story.
    It was written by John Ringo, those who read his books
    can make an educated decision whether to read or not.


    ___________________________FANATIC___________________________________
    Victor Cachat a spy of PRH, finally understands that his duty lies not to the
    government which changes every 15 minutes, but to the republic itself and it's People.
    I rate 5.0

    ___________________THE SERVICE OF THE SWORD________________________
    Written by the master himself
    Midshipwoman cruise of the first female Grayson Officer
    Midshipwoman Abigail Hearns " Miss Owens" daughter of
    Stadtholder Owens one of the most modern "KEYS" of Grayson

    The story is about her Midshipman cruise aboard the
    Edward Saganami B-class heavy cruiser HMS Gauntlet
    under the command of Captain Michael Oversteegen.

    BTW Captain Michael Oversteegen is one of my favourite characters.

    I rate it 5.0


    NEXT BOOK IS "War of Honor"

    Ladies and Gentlemen I want to point out that this is a breaking Point for the Universe,
    after this book the Universe goes to second Light Speed, and I hope You Payed attention to the previous books.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 05-22-13
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Honorverse fans rejoice!"

    Not all of the Worlds of Honor books have held, in my opinion, the highest of standards. This one does. It adds some more stories to the already diverse Honorverse - and does it beautifully. All Honorverse fans should read this book - you'll enjoy it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Burlington, VT, United States 07-30-12
    Sheila Burlington, VT, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring stories, untrained narrators"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first story was well written and well read. One of the other stories was well read. Otherwise, it was irritating at worst and boring at best.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Nope.


    How could the performance have been better?

    One narrator had an annoying repetitive inflection. Others were not pulling the best they could out of the text.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Service of the Sword?

    All but the first story.


    Any additional comments?

    Come on, you should have better readers!

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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