Service of the Sword [NOOK Book]

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WELCOME AGAIN TO THE MANY
WORLDS OF HONOR HARRINGTON

Lady Dame Honor Harrington isn't alone. Her life touches others—and their lives touch hers—directly, or indirectly, whether as a naval officer, steadholder, or duchess.

In this collection, Jane Lindskold gives us the ...
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Service of the Sword

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Overview

WELCOME AGAIN TO THE MANY
WORLDS OF HONOR HARRINGTON

Lady Dame Honor Harrington isn't alone. Her life touches others—and their lives touch hers—directly, or indirectly, whether as a naval officer, steadholder, or duchess.

In this collection, Jane Lindskold gives us the story of a prince on the brink of maturity and an extraordinary young Grayson woman named Judith—a victim of Masadan brutality, who confronts insurmountable odds in a desperate effort to lead her sisters to freedom— or—death among the stars.

Timothy Zahn weighs in with a story of the heavy cruiser HMS Fearless; a brilliant young tactical officer on temporarily detached duty; Solarian con men; secret weapons that aren't quite what they seem to be; naval spies, spooks, and dirty tricks; courage and honor; and a surprising glimpse into one of Admiral Sonja Hemphill's most crucial technological innovations.

John Ringo offers his unique blend of nonstop action and deliciously skewed humor in two offerings. The Peep planet of Prague and its brutally repressive StateSec regime will never be the same again after the unscheduled, unofficial, and thoroughly catastrophic visit by a pair of Manticoran Marines with a most peculiar taste in their holiday destinations. And then there's the question of what an explosively expanding navy does with the personnel who can't quite cut the mustard.

Eric Flint tells us the story of an idealistic young StateSec officer who finds himself in the right place at the right time following the fall of Oscar Saint-Just. Young Victor Cachat could influence the loyalty of an entire sector ... if he's only lucky enough to manage to stay alive long enough to try.

And finally, David Weber gives us the tale of the first Grayson midshipwoman on her "snotty cruise" at a time when internal tensions threaten the entire future of the Manticoran Alliance and people are about to rediscover the Fact that the Peeps are far from the only predators hiding in the stars.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148674917
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Worlds of Honor Series , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 62,606
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HOST

David Weber is the brightest star in the new century's science fiction firmament. He is often compared to C.S. Forester (the celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower), is the recipient of critical praise worthy of Heinlein or Asimov, and has hordes of voracious fans clamoring for more and more Weber. Fortunately for them, Weber keeps steadily producing more and more books. His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, Empire from the Ashes) to military science Action with in-depth characterization (the celebrated New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series, War of Honor being the latest). Reviewers call Weber "irresistible . . . masterful" (Publishers Weekly), "highly entertaining" (Booklist), "outstanding . . . superb . . . Excellent" (Wilson Library Bulletin), "remarkable" (Kliatt), "the best" (Dragon), "worth shouting about" (Philadelphia Weekly Press), "great" (Locus), and "the best writer around today" (FosFax). Readers call Weber similar things, but mostly they call the Baen offices several times a week demanding more from their main man. Weber lives in South Carolina with his wife Sharon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2003

    More good stuff from the 'Honorverse'

    This is the latest in the 'Worlds of Honor' series of short stories, all of which take place in David Weber's universe where the Honor Harrington series is set. The stories are uneven, although I most enjoyed the stories by Weber himself and by Eric Flint. Weber does keep to the tried and true for Honor Harrington - or at least in his story in this book, where a Harrington protege once again saves the day for Manticore and it's ally Grayson against evil, be it 'Peeps' or pirates. The Eric Flint story was more creative, bringing back his own original character from the Changer of Worlds book, young Victor Cachet. Cachet was last seen as a idealistic young member of State Security for the People's Rebublic of Haven, but he seemed to be realizing that the 'Revolution' was not what he had hoped. Now he reappears, as a special aide to the evil leader of State Security, looking to spread the terror of the State to an outlying area at relative peace....actually nobody is quite sure just what Cachet is up to, just as Victor likes it. Flint added new depth to the 'Honorverse' in his last short story (he made several bit characters of Weber's books into major players of his last story, and in his new 'War of Honor' Weber himself continued some of the relationships Flint created), and added some much needed fresh air. Some other stories in the book were quite good, others were filler material. If you like Weber and the Harrington series, you'll like this too. If you haven't read any Honor Harrington yet, don't read this first, as much of the material will be meaningless to you.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Fantastic World!

    There are never enough books in the world that David Weber created for Honor Harrington and cohorts. I've read most of the books at a minimum of 4 to 5 times and still want more. Thanks for creating a world where I can disappear and live an exciting and thrilling life in the future. More Please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    Great anthology!

    There are six stories in this anthology of Honor's famous universe (created by author David Weber). This will have to be a long review because I want to give a synopsis of each story, as well as a rating. The book's total rating, from me, should be considered as 4.5 stars! .......... The first story is Promised Land by Jane Lindskold. Judith was Grayson-born. As a child she was kidnapped when the merchant vessel she and her parents were traveling on was attacked by Masadan pirates. Judith's parents were killed, but her dying mother told Judith to never let the Masadans know she could read! Judith suffered much abuse as one of Ephraim's wives. However, an elite secret organization, made of females, plotted, planned, and got ready for the day of their salvation. They would get only one chance. They would all escape or be captured and executed as example to others. .......... **** If you love stories by David Weber then THIS author is one to watch! Very well done indeed. **** .......... The second story is With One Stone by Timothy Zahn. We zip back to the days when SHE was 'Captain' Honor Harrington of the heavy cruiser HMS Fearless. Lieutenant (Senior Grade) Rafael 'Rafe' Cardones was Honor's tac officer. These two are the main characters of this awesome story! ........ Someone in Silesia space had gotten hold of an advanced form of the grav lance. Since Rafe was the only RMN tac officer who's ever used a grav lance in combat, he was temporarily assigned to an elite group and a top secret ONI mission. Honor was on an escort mission but ordered to abandon the ships she escorted if she came across the pirate ship with the advanced grav lance and pursue it. The two missions, of course, would end up in one huge climatic battle. .......... ***** Oh yes! Author Timothy Zahn did especially well on this story. It was great to read one of Honor's early battles. So well done I could have sworn Weber, himself, wrote it! ***** ........... The third story is A Ship Named Francis by John Ringo & Victor Mitchell. Sick Berth Attendant Third Class Sean Tyler was beginning his second hitch with the Manticoran Navy. He thought transferring to the Grayson service and working with other Alliance forces was a good move in his career. He could never have imagined what Fate had in store for him. .......... The first day Tyler set foot on the Francis Mueller he knew the transfer had been a bad move. The entire ship was held together by sweat and prayer ... literally! Every day began with a prayer that always sounded more like an eulogy and by the end of the day at least one crew member had to be tranked due to stress. And those were the GOOD days! .......... ***** This is an extremely short story, about twenty pages total. Out of this entire novel though, this is my FAVORITE! I laughed myself silly during the whole thing! Pure Sci-Fi bliss! ***** ........ The fourth story is Let's Go To Prague by John Ringo. Major John Mullins and his partner, Major Charles Gonzalves decided to take some leave on Prague disguised as StateSec officers. A little blackmail later, they were vacationing among the enemy. When a Manti covert operation went bad, John and Charles was (unluckily) there to pick up the ball. Now they must get themselves, a defecting admiral, and a soiled dove off the planet - FAST! Hard to do when the entire planet was hunting you. ....... **** That is the gist of it. To tell more would ruin it for the reader. Suffice it to say that fans of author John Ringo will not be disappointed in this fast paced adventure. Terrific reading. **** ........... The fifth story is Fanatic by Eric Flint. Esther McQueen had failed her coup attempt in Nouveau Paris. StateSec is in chaos. Citizen Rear Admiral Genevieve Chin, Citizen Commodore Jean-Pierre Ogilve, and Yuri Radamacher (the People's Commissioner FOR Ogilve) are fretting over the fact that the People's Commissioner, Jamka, had gotten himself murdered - not that anyone cared

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