I must admit I am hooked on the Honor Harrington series. The Honor-universe series gives us more insight into the times and history than could be pro..Show More »vided in the original series. This book is a collection of three short stories. The first is about young Stephanie Harrington and the first encounter with the tree cats. This is also covered in the youth series about Stephanie, which adults will also enjoy. The second covers archeology about early space travel to Manticore. The third book covers the history of the engineering developments of space travel and the discoveries that allow for hyperspace travel. You really must enjoy science and technical information for this story. It also covers the Winton family and it's rise to power of the Manticore system. The three narrators, Victor Bevine, L. J. Ganser and Khristine Hvam did a good job reading the stories. Looking forward to more in this series.
This is a collection of five short stories all set in David Weber's Honorverse. If you aren't already familiar with the Honorverse, this probably isn..Show More »'t the place to start. The best place to start would probably be with the first full-length novel in the series, "On Basilisk Station." I will review the stories individually:
"THE STRAY" by Linda Evans This tells the stories of two treecats and their people. The main thrust of the story involves a stray treecat that shows up at a human home asking for help. The main helpers in the story turn out to be Dr. Scott MacDallan and his treecat, Fisher. The story of how Scott and Fisher met is told in flashback. I like this story quite well: 4 stars.
"WHAT PRICE DREAMS" by David Weber This tells the story of a young treecat who wants to adopt a human. The title of the story relates to an analysis of what he will stand to gain AND lose if he does so. Quite good: 4 stars.
"QUEEN'S GAMBIT" by Jane Linskold I didn't like this story. The king of Manticore is assassinated. The story revolves around the investigation of his murder and the consequences to the conspirators. I thought both were ludicrously unlikely. Imagine (or remember) the investigation around the assassination of the American President. FBI, CIA, Secret Service, special investigators, the Attorney General, thousands of law enforcement people would be involved. In this story, you have not the leader of a single country but the leader of three planets, and the investigation is carried out by the new queen's boyfriend and a semi-retired palace guard. Give me a break. I don't want to provide spoilers or I could go on at length. Also, I hated the ending. Anyway, I read some reviews on Amazon and some people liked it, so you might want to try it. My score: 2 stars.
"THE HARD WAY HOME" by David Weber This is my favorite story in the collection. It involves a young Honor when she is the executive officer of a ship, and it introduces us to Susan Hibson as a teenager. In most Honorverse stories, the dangers come from other people and politics. In this one, nature is the bad guy. Insight into true heroism. I give it 5 stars.
"DECK LOAD STRIKE" by Roland J. Green I first read this anthology several years ago, and in coming back to it on Audible, I had absolutely no recollection of this particular story, although I remembered the main plot points of all the other stories. In reading through reviews on Amazon, no one seemed to like this story, so I've chosen not to listen to it at this time. No review.
This is a collection of short stories that fill in some of the gaps in the Honor Harrington series. You must have read the series or else you will be..Show More » lost. The first book in the HH series starts with Honor as captain of her own ship. This story tells of Honors "snotty" cruise as a Midshipman. We can see the beginnings of her development into a great naval officer. Glad that they kept Allyson Johnson narrating the story of Midshipman Harrington. Johnson is the voice of Honor Harrington. The short story about the tree cats tells about when Harrington returns to Sphinx and Nimitz takes Samantha to meet his clan and encourage some of them to follow him and his kittens to Grayson. In the series it never explained how they got the other tree cats to come with them. "From the Highlands" tells the early story of Anton Zilwicki and daughter Helen. In the series we saw the death of Anton's wife Captain Helen Zilwicki who is escorting a convoy of Manticor ships (one carries her husband and child) when the PEEP hit the convoy. Helen (daughter) is kidnapped in this story (often referred to in the series) and the Countess or Tor, Anton, Jeremy X and Victor Cachat rescue her. We are introduced to Berry and Lars who was featured in another sub-series. The last short story is about Admiral McQueen"s over throw of Oscar St Just's PEEP government. All stories fill in information to the main series and also leave room for lots more stories. All the narrators did a good job.
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..Show More » 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.
This is a collection of short stories in the World of Honor series. The first story
"Ruthless" by Lindskold is a sequel to "Promised Land". ..Show More » In the "Promised Land" Lt Prince Michael Winton rescues a group of women who have escaped from Masada. He meets Judith as falls for her and keeps in touch. In this story Judith's child is kidnapped to try to stop the Manticore and Grayson alliance. The Prince is off to the recuse and for readers of the newer books in the Harrington series you will find the Prince proposed to Judith. This fills in the gap missing in that series.
"Act of War" by Timothy Zane is about a con artist working to scam the Peoples Republic. Honor pops up at the end of the story.
"Let's Dance" by David Weber is a story of Commander Honor Harrington as Captain of destroyer Hawkwing. She is Silesia fighting pirates, the local government, and rescuing genetic modified slaves. Fills in more on this subject and a bit more about Beowulf and her Mother's work in this area. It is also a good story.
"An Introduction to Modern starship Armor Design" by Andy Presky. Is the history of armor in space ships. Some of the information is in various Honor Series books but this puts it all together. I am sure some people are bored with the story but I find it most interesting maybe because I am a scientist.
I can not get enough of these book so can hardly wait for the next in the various series.
The first story in the collection is “By The Book” by Charles Gannon is set earlier in the Honoverse than other stories about 1609 years before Honor’..Show More »s birth. It is a story about Lt. Lee strong of the Custom Patrol of the Earth Union. “Call to Arms” by Zahn gives background behind the attempt takeover of the Manticore Binary system by the Axelrod Corporation. Lead character is Lt. Travis Long. “Beauty and the Beast” by Weber is one of the stories I enjoyed the most and is about the meeting of Honor’s parents when they were students in medical school on Beowulf. It also gives some background information about both Alfred Harrington and Allison Chou. “Best Laid Plans” by Weber is the other story I enjoyed the most is about how 14 year old Honor meets and bonds with Nimitz. “Obligated Service” by Joelle Presby is about Clair one of the first women of Grayson to graduate from Saganami Island Academy. The story is mainly about the resistance of Grayson men to accept women in the Grayson Navy. Each story had a different narrator who did a good job narrating the stories.