- The Service of the Sword
"The Service of the Sword", published in
2003, was the fourth anthologyof stories set in the fictional Honorverse.
The book contains the following stories:; "Promised Land" by
Jane Lindskold: Michael Winton, brother of Queen Elizabeth III and Crown Princeof Manticore, embarks on his "snotty" cruise following his studies at Saganami Naval Academy. Determined to prove that he can be more than the Heir to the Throne, Michael requests to be assigned to a ship on patrol deployment instead of a "safe" posting in the Manticoran home system. He is assigned to the light cruiser "Intransigent", which is sent to the planet Masada on a diplomatic mission.:Meanwhile, Judith, a young Grayson girl captured by Masadan privateers and forced to marry their leader, becomes the greatest hope of a secret sisterhood of Masadan women who are plotting their escape from the religious fanatics of their world.; "With One Stone" by Timothy Zahn: The People's Republic of Haventests a secret weapon. Bad news for them: their intended victim turns out to be Honor Harrington. Good news for Manticore: Honor's solution to the problem gives them a secret weapon of their own.; "A Ship Named Francis" by John Ringo and Victor Mitchell: Sean Tyler, a corpsmanin the Royal Manticoran Navy, thought that a stint as a loaner in the explosively-growing Grayson Navy would boost his career. So, when he heard there was a slot vacant on board the cruiser "Francis Mueller", he volunteered. Unfortunately for Corpsman Tyler, no one told him that almost everybody on board the "Francis"—from the clueless captain to the psychotic XO and the panicky chaplain—had been sent there because no one else in the entire Grayson Navy wants them.; "Let's Go to Prague" by John Ringo: A pair of Manticoran Marines discover that a holiday can be even more fun if it involves spoiling StateSec's day.; "Fanatic" by Eric Flint: When the senior People's Commissioner assigned to a backwater sector of the People's Republic of Havenis found murdered, Oscar Saint-Just, now the dictator of Haven, sends a young and idealistic StateSec officer by the name of Victor Cachatto investigate. Confronting and terrorizing both Navy and StateSec personnel with his ruthlessness, Cachat orders broad reorganizations in the sector's military and security forces which may have more than "cleaning the house" in mind. But Cachat may be the right man in the right place at the right time when news of Saint-Just's overthrow reach his sector. Background for " Crown of Slaves".; "The Service of the Sword" by David Weber: Abigail Hearns, the daughter of a prominent Grayson Steadholder, has grown idolizing Honor Harringtonever since she witnessed her defense of Abigail's homeworld from the Masadans. Out of sheer determination, she attended Saganami Naval Academyto become the first Grayson midshipwoman. She is sent for her "snotty" cruise on board the heavy cruiser HMS "Gauntlet", commanded by an irritating Manticoran nobleman who may be more than what he seems. But when "Gauntlet" is sent to investigate the disappearance of several ships in a backwater region of space, Abigail discovers that the Peeps are definitely not the only bad guys out there: background for " The Shadow of Saganami".
* [http://www.baen.com/chapters/W200304/0743435990.htm?blurb Sample chapters at Baen Books]
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