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New York Times best-selling author David Weber invites David Drake and S.M. Stirling, two of today's top writers of military science fiction, to join him in an exploration of Honor Harrington's universe....
The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs....
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately....
When Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected....
Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore....
Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....
The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere....
When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark....
Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated....
Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and go home....
They thought they knew how the universes worked. They were wrong....
In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth....
After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction....
Someone is searching for the lost weapons of the H'san: powerful enough to destroy entire planets....
Imprisoned and subjected to brutal genetic experiments, space marine Adam has been changed into a perfect predator. A super soldier that is part man, part tiger, and all killing machine....
Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it....
Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father....
Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife....
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!
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.
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“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
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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.
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
Overall I enjoyed every one of the short stories though my favorite would have to be the last one which holds the same name as the book. Since each story is read by a different person, the experience does differ but my favorites (Khristine Hvam and Allyson Johnson) as always, do a fantastic job. I recommend this book for any that enjoy exploring the Weberverse.
As others have noted several of these fill in the blanks between books in the main storyline Maybe my sense of humor is warped a bit but where the one person couldn't find anything funny I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. Unfortunately, in order to get the humor you Must be Very familiar with religious practices on Grayson. If not, skip the story, read all the Honor Harrington books and try again. The book is a delightful addition to my set. Unfortunately, I must be one of the few people that think that the female readers chosen to read have so far been major disappointments. With no exceptions they portray the women with insipid voices, use bad British accents, mutilate words that should have French pronunciation and ignore the German altogether. Since a large portion of the characters are speaking with accents, either they should do them right or not at all. Many of the male readers do their homework and get most of it right. Although, even one of them was tripped up with the French. Even so, it was better done than the treecat series.
Yet another fantastic compilation of stories to add to the ever expanding universe of Honor Harrington books. These short stories fill in the gaps between the main story lines in a way that really adds to the overall series tremendously.
One of the better sets of the collection.
All around great performances and every story was entertaining and the "Siberia" story was the funniest I've read/heard in the entire series.
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!
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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?
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!
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes with the exception of 2 of the stories "A Ship Named Francis" and "Let's Go To Prague" they let down an otherwise incredible short story collection
What did you like best about this story?
In The Service of the Sword was the best of the collection, with Promised Land coming a close second. Both were tightly plotted very involving stories that got me really involved with the main characters. Fanatic was also a very intriguing look at Victor Cachet from the outside.
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes, yet again Allyson Johnson did her normal fantastic job
Could you see The Service of the Sword being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Any additional comments?
This is the 4th in the "Worlds of Honor" anthology series, and despite two lacklustre stories is one of the best, simply due to the strength of Promised Land, With One Stone, Fanatic and Serive of the Sword (the best story in the volume imo).