- Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (1 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743488369
- ISBN-13: 978-0743488365
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Service Of The Sword: 4 (Worlds of Honor) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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'Promised Land' by Jane Lindskold
'With One Stone' by Timothy Zahn
'A Ship Named Francis' by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell
'Let's go to Prague' by John Ringo
'Fanatic' by Eric Flint
'The Service of the Sword' by David Weber.
Most are set during the interregnum between the Haven wars though 'Promised Land' is set during the build up to the first Haven war when Manticore was still trying to decide whether to ally with Grayson or their deadly enemy Masada. A daring escape plan should make the decision easier. This is told in alternating points of view between the young leader of the Masadan revolutionaries and the almost as young crown prince of Manticore undergoing his midshipman's cruise.
Only 'With One Stone' has any of the regular characters from the regular series. Indeed, Rafe Cardones, Honor's Tactical Officer is the main protagonist as Manticoran intelligence goes after a potential new weapon.
'A Ship Named Francis' is set aboard a Grayson vessel that may not have the best of luck. This is quite fun in a sort of twisted way.
John Ringo also contributed a solo effort, 'Let's go to Prague', about a couple of Manticoran special forces personnel who decide to spend their leave behind enemy lines. Ringo is a former soldier so he should have a good idea of what goes on in the forces :-)
Eric Flint's 'Fanatic' stars Victor Cachet, last seen in an earlier Flint story. Here he has to stop a potential naval rebellion without letting his supposed colleagues in State Security in on the secret.Read more ›
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Promised Land - This first story is by Jane Lindskold and would be worthy as a short story on its own merits even if the rest of the HH series had never been written. It tells the story of a young woman kidnapped from Grayson as a child by a Masadan privateer. That privateer takes her for a wife/slave. She has one secret weapon working in her favor. She can read. She joins with some other women to escape the horrors of Masada by stealing her husband's ship. Prince Michael from Manticore plays a supporting role in the story evocative of the biblical Exodus.
With One Stone - The second story is the work of Timothy Zahn. It describes an early incident in Honor Harrington's career, taking place right after the events of ON BASILISK STATION. The central character is actually Rafe Cardones but Honor is present through and through. It seems that someone has come up with the impossible: a way to take down the impeller wedge of a ship from an absurd distance. A disinformation scheme is trying to lay the blame at the feet of the Andermani Empire for the resulting loss of merchant shipping. It turns out, though, that the system has a few fatal flaws and that the real enemy is much more traditional. This too is an excellent story and could stand well on its own.
A Ship Named Francis - This one is an exceedingly short collaboration between John Ringo and Victor Mitchell. It is likely to raise the eyebrows of anyone who has ever been caught working with those who are less than competent. Being crazy helps as well. It is a story of the Grayson Space Navy. When an organization has a person who is a dedicated screwup, the two most common options are to file all the paperwork and go through channels to get rid of that person or to put that person with others of similar ability in a single place where they may more easily be kept under watch. Of course, everyone hates paperwork and since Grayson has so vastly expanded its fleet, they have more than their share of idiots to stash. The get stashed on the Francis along with a poor Mantie who volunteered because it looked like a way to fast promotion. This piece is hilarious and provides a bit of comic relief.
Let's Go to Prague - What happens when two extremely capable cloak and dagger types get bored on a backwater planet with nothing to do? They go one leave. They just go about it a bit differently than most people would. Instead of heading for some nice resort in the home country, they decide to take their vacation on Prague, an enemy held planet. They heard that the beer was really good there. The vacation starts off well enough until one of them runs into an old flame. Shortly after that, they get caught up in the botched defection of a Peep admiral and have to get their own butts and that of the Admiral's back to friendly space. Its an incredibly funny romp. John Ringo shows off his wicked sense of humor by himself in this one.
The Fanatic - Eric Flint penned this one. It is something of a sequel to a short published in the previous collection. In the final days of the People's Republic of Haven, a bright young fanatic is sent out to shake things up for state security. This is the same young true believer who helped to quash the kidnapping of a Manticorian's daughter in the last book. In that story, his eyes were opened to the real abuses of his government. Even so, he has impressed the higher ups and they give him a new job. He does it faithfully because he is a fanatic. He is a fanatic for truth, justice and his oath to the republic. He has to maintain his reputation as a fanatic to do his job and everyone is surprised by what he really considers his job to be.
The Service of the Sword - This final story is from Weber himself. It tells the story of the midshipman cruise of the first Grayson woman to come through the academy. During a period of downsizing and high level contempt for all things from Grayson, she finds herself assigned to a cruiser going out in search of a missing allied cruiser. Her ship is commanded by a member of the aristocracy that has been so hostile to Grayson. She is beset on all sides and fails to realize that she has some unlikely allies.