The island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting. Charis attained independence and the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos. The Rulers have their hands full trying to stave off wholesale starvation in Siddermark while at the same time shipping in enough land combat units to fend off the "volunteers" from the Church's Temple Lands. And there are those who wonder what will happen if Siddermark starves.
Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he's won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He's smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they've turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom. Their success may prove short-lived. The Church of God Awaiting, which controls most of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. Mother Church's entire purpose is to prevent the very things to which Charis is committed. Since the first attempt to crush the heretics failed, the Church has no choice but to adopt some of the hated Charisian innovations for themselves. Soon a mighty fleet will sail against Cayleb, destroying everything in its path. But there are still matters about which the Church knows nothing, including Cayleb and Sharleyan's adviser, friend, and guardian---the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin knows all about battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years before. As Nimue, Merlin saw the entire Terran Federation go down in fire and slaughter at the hands of a foe it could not defeat. He knows that Safehold is the last human planet in existence, and that the stasis the Church was created to enforce will be the human race's death sentence if it is allowed to stand. The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Church is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is.
This book contains three stories and an article. in "A Beautiful Friendship, by David Weber" we are carried several generations back before the time of Honor Harrington to learn how Treecats first bonded with humans and how the Harringtons were first to bond with and befriend them. The second story, A Grand Tour, by David Drake, Is about the Fourteenth Earl of Greatgap who goes on an archeological tour in the back of beyond. survivors of a Manticoran ship ambushed in neutral space turn up. The earl must create a little navy out of practicly nothing and deal with the threat. The third story, A Whiff of Grapeshot by S. M. Stirling, gives us a look in to the rough-and-tumble politics of the Peoples Republic of Haven. And its rough! When they say "nuclear Option!" . . . The article, The Universe of Honor Harrington gives a short history of the universe from the beginning of mankinds spread to the stars in the 21st century. through the nearly two thousand years until Honor Harrington's time. We learn a little about the people and nations that shape the Honorverse. We also learn something about how the starships fly, and how the government of Manticore is put together.
The popular author of the Honor Harrington series tells the tale of Bahzell, a hsradani who has violated a hostage bond and now must deal with a vengeful prince and a price on his head. He doesn't want to mess with anyone else's problems, let alone the War God's. So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home? It's all the War God's fault.
When Dying was the easy part. The Terran Federation Navy fought desperately for over forty years, but the ruthless species known as the Gbaba slaughtered the human race's extra-Solar colonies one by one. Now the end had finally come; Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat. And so mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location. To protect and conceal that expedition, the Navy's final fleet was prepared to die to the last ship. Lieutenant Commander Nimue Alban volunteered to serve on the flagship of that fleet, knowing that she and everyone else aboard it would die...which was exactly what happened. So she was a little surprised to wake up in a cave on a planet called Safehold. She was even more surprised to discover that she'd been dead for eight centuries . . . and that the fanatic administrators of Operation Ark had used mind-control techniques to create a false, brutally suppressive religion in which every single Safeholdian believed-one whose entire purpose was to forbid invention and innovation forever. Everyone on Safehold knew the Church was the consecrated custodian of God's will. Everyone knew forbidden technology was the work of the Devil. And everyone knew that anyone who dabbled in the forbidden must be destroyed, lest everyone's soul be lost forever to damnation. But a tiny faction within Operation Ark's leadership remembered the truth and believed in human dignity and freedom. They've left Nimue Alban to oppose that monstrous creation, and they've given her a carefully hidden cache of technology and the capabilities of the android body in which her memories, loves, hopes, and dreams live on. Now it's her job to somehow provoke the technological progress-and freedom of thought and belief-the Church of God Awaiting has worked centuries to crush. Nimue Alban spent her entire life fighting against the inevitable destruction of her species. Now she's about to discover that dying in humanity's defense was the easy part.
Human occupied space is endanger of being overrun by the Melconians. It is up to Captain Maneka Trevor and a Bolo named Lazarus to find a bolt hole.
The Basilisk Station was a place to sweep incompetents, fools, and failures under the rug . . . or to punish officers with enemies in high places. Commander Honor Harrington has enemies, and she's about to make more of them--because the people out to get her have made her mad.
a female super-commando and a legend from Earth's mythology hijack a super-intelligent starship to avenge a bloody massacre
Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren't task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League. The war between the People's Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is finally won and peace established, but grave danger looms-for there is a plan well on its way to completion designed to enslave the entire human species. Behind that plan lies the shadowy organization known as the Mesan Alignment. Task number one for Honor is to defend against another devastating Mesan strike-a strike that may well spell the doom of the Star Kingdom in one fell blow. It is time to shut down and secure the wormhole network that is the source of the Star Kingdom's wealth and power-but also its greatest vulnerability. Yet this is an act that the Earth-based Solarian League inevitably will take as a declaration of war. The thunder of battle rolls as the Solarian League directs its massive power against the Star Kingdom. And once again, Honor Harrington is thrust into a desperate battle that she must win if she is to survive to take the fight to the real enemy of galactic freedom-the insidious puppetmasters of war who lurk behind the Mesan Alignment! About Mission of Honor, #15 in the Honor Harrington series: "Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long-awaited 15th Honor Harrington novel...Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action. "-Publishers Weekly "This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point...Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time. "-Booklist About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series: ". . . everything you could want in a heroine.... excellent...plenty of action. "-Science Fiction Age "Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!"-Anne McCaffrey "Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure. "-Locus "Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection. . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice. . . "-Publishers Weekly
Contains six short stories set in Honor Harrington's universe. Promised Land--Jane Lindskold. With One Stone--Timothy Zahn. A Ship Named Francis--John Ringo & Victor Mitchell. Let's Go to Prague--John Ringo Fanatic-Eric Flint. Service of the Sword--David Weber. 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.
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower, the rival star kingdoms of Mesa and Monica, and the bureaucrats of the Solarian League. The alliance stands to benefit if the Havenites defeat Manticore, and are preparing for a surprise attack from the rear to divide Manticore's forces, which are already strained nearly to their limits. With their captain, the young Manticoran officers will risk their careers, if not their lives, on an unauthorized mission to expose and counter the threat to their Star Kingdom. Follow their journey as they show what they're made of. New York Times best-selling author David Weber begins a new series that will be a must-buy for the hundreds of thousands of Honor Harrington fans.
In the sequel to "In Death Ground," the Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm continue their battle against the Arachnids. The only possible outcome is either victory or racial extermination, and only one option is acceptable: The Shiva Option.
The families who rule the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury's empty, the Proles are restless, and civil war is imminent. All they need is a short victorious war...
Come and visit the far future kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven who are still locked in a war. It seems that Manticore has the upper hand technologically and so can afford to prolong hostilities. This is a fascinating series of which this book is the tenth. There is really incredible detail here and all who love military sf or space opera have come to the right place!
Three stories by the contemporary masters of sci-fi. "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" by David Weber "Islands" by Eric Flint "Choosing Sides" by David Drake
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars, We Few. Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock hasn't done anything the easy way. The spoiled playboy prince grew up the hard way on the planet Marduk. Watching ninety percent of your bodyguards - bodyguards who have become friends, closer to you than your own brothers and sisters - die to keep you alive will do that. And it tends to make you dangerous . . . perhaps in too many ways. Now Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the Empress, is still alive, but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the Throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans. Home Fleet, the largest and most powerful of the Empire's fleets is under the traitors' control, and no one in a position of power on Old Earth has the means - or the will - to do anything about it. And, just to make things perfect, the Empire has been told that the real traitor is Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock. With the twelve survivors of Bravo Company of the Empress' Own, a few hundred three-meter tall Mardukans, his one-time tutor and present chief of staff, an elephant-sized flarta pack beast, his faithful pet Dogzard, and the ghost of his greatest ancestor, Prince Roger must somehow retake the Empire from the men who control it... before his new brother is born and his mother dies. It's an impossible task, but Prince Roger knows all about impossible tasks, and the surviving Bronze Barbarians and the Mardukans of the Basik's Own believe he can do it. They're prepared to storm the gates of Hell itself at his heels in order to retake the Empire. But after they do, can they save it from Prince Roger, as well?
Contains 5 short stories set in Honor Harrington's universe. The Stray, by Linda Evans What Price Dreams?, by David Weber Queen's Gambit, by Jane Lindskold The Hard Way Home, by David Weber Deck Load Strike, by Roland J. Green IT'S A PARTY! In Honor's Honor, David Weber and Other Top Science Fiction Writers pay a Visit to Honor Harrington's Universe- David Weber has shot to the forefront of science fiction. The core of his work is Honor Harrington, the toughest, smartest starship captain in the galaxy. David Weber himself is on board with two never-before-published excursions into Honor's universe. First, he tells how young Honor Harrington first demonstrated the heroic stuff she was made of when she and her treecat Nimitz face the impossible task of rescuing the victims of an avalanche in a sub-zero blizzard. Weber returns with a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats, who are far more intelligent than humans realize, and with whom the right human can form a close telepathic bond that can be severed only by death. But in this case, the young human who bonded with a treecat was a Very Important Person. Specifically, she was the Manticoran crown princess and heir to the throne of the empire. Roland Green, author of the "Starcruiser Shenandoah" series and the "Peace Company" series, is on board with a hard-hitting account of what happened when Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven went eyeball-to-eyeball over a strategically vital planet. Linda Evans, "Time Scout" co-author, looks at life among the treecats, before Honor. Jane Lindskold, author of the highly-praised fantasy Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls, tells how Honor's monarch, Elizabeth III, had to learn the hard way what monarchy is all about.
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