David Weber himself here contributes three never-before-published excursions into Honor's world, among them the story of how she first discovered her own inner strength and courage; and a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats, who form a bond with their chosen human that can only be severed by death.
"A fairly good anthology overall"
This series has a wide range of male, female and alien characters. When the United Federation of Starworlds receives a call for aid from a world divided between the Federation and its most powerful competitor, Captain Rose Liddell readies the battle cruiser Shenandoah in an attempt to halt the breakout of interstellar war.
"Uncomplicated Story, Yet So Hard to Follow"
The Shenandoah is sent out to investigate the explosion of a ship, but then a rebel army stages the first devastating attack in a campaign to overthrow the Republic's government, and suddenly a world at peace was transformed into a planet on the brink of destruction.
The diplomacy of war was being tested to the limit as terrorist actions on the planet Victoria threatened to pitch Federation and Alliance alike into the all-out combat neither wanted. But the greatest danger came from the lizard-like Merishi and the enormous Baernoi, who were manipulating all the human factions for their own benefit. The Merishi would do anything for a profit, while the Baernoi would willingly sacrifice humans and Merishi alike for political power.
Assigned to reinforce the Federation presence at a training colony, the crew of the Shenandoah must contend with troublesome intelligence agents and rumors of Federation officials' involvement in an immigration scandal.
As the mercenary forces of the Hunters attempt to rouse the alien-run Coordination, the crew of the Federation's starcruiser Shenandoah jump into action to stop them. The Painful Field is the fifth exciting installment of the Starcruiser Shenandoah series.
As the human-run Federation and the alien Coordination head closer and closer to an inevitable conflict, the crew of the Federation's star cruiser Shenandoah may be the world's last hope for peace. Can they prevent the Galaxy from being plunged into chaos?