The Service of the Sword (Worlds of Honor Series #4)

The Service of the Sword (Worlds of Honor Series #4)

by David Weber
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The Service of the Sword (Worlds of Honor Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
lovebooksKE More than 1 year ago
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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Nice collection of stories that enhance the Honorverse.
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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