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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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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).