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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471855
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,616,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This anthology contains three novellas of future or alternate war by three of the acknowledged experts in the field, so the title satisfies any reasonable truth-in-packaging requirements. The book should also satisfy most fans of the authors. David Weber's "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" confronts his best-known creation with the perils and opportunities of her "middy" cruise, which she survives with ah, honor and even distinction, in spite of the best efforts of enemies both foreign and domestic. Eric Flint's "Islands" reintroduces Calopodius, a Byzantine soldier blinded at 18 while commanding a desperate holding action in the Drake/Flint Belisarius alternate-history series. It also introduces his aristocratic wife, Anna, and by the time the two meet again, she's not the woman he married but a much improved and strengthened version. Finally, David Drake offers another story of the mercenary tankers, Hammer's Slammers, "Choosing Sides." Lt. Arne Huber has to choose whether he will work with the Slammers' chief executioner, Maj. Joachim Steuben, to avenge treachery and murder against his men and friends. Except Flint on occasion, none of the writers is doing anything that's not by now standard for good military SF. Nor are any of them really going to surprise any readers who might, for example, want to see Hammer's Slammers not being stabbed in the back by their civilian employers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Three novellas set in the best-known worlds created by three leading military sf writers are the contents of this indicatively titled volume. David Weber's "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" takes his series protagonist on her middy cruise, complete with her treecat companion Nimitz, inept superiors, and a formidable opponent met in an action-filled climax. David Drake reintroduces us to Hammer's Slammers, and especially the psychopathic dirty-tricks officer, Major Joachim Steuben, as seen through the eyes of a company officer learning how dirty tricks sometimes need to be. Finally, Eric Flint takes Calopodius from his collaboration with Drake, the Belisarius series, and fleshes him out as a warrior who, blinded at 18, discovers unusual talents as a historian and finds the most unusual wife he marries out of convenience to be a formidable and loving woman. Fans of Honor Harrington, Hammer's Slammers, and Belisaurius won't find these tales unusual for either their authors or their series, but they will thoroughly enjoy them. Roland Green
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. Burcham on May 8, 2002
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I was very disappointed to start reading and found out the first story by David Weber was taken out of a previous David Weber book of short stories, "Changer of Worlds". I thought I was going to get a new story about Honor Harrington. Eric Flint's story was very entertaining. It was a continuation of the Belsarius alternate history. David Drake's continuing tale of Hammer's Slammers is always graphic, but Mr. Drake has tried to impress upon his readers that war is not neat and clean.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2002
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Even though David Weber's contribution is repeated from another anthology, Warmasters is worth buying for military sci-fi fans. The second story, set in the Belisaurius universe, is excellent, both for character development (Calopodius & his wife) and for adding a medical twist to the universe. The third story, about Hammer's Slammers, is also good. I read a library copy, but have purchased a copy for my personal collection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rusir-10 on February 17, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Three novellas from three of the best military science fiction authors currently publishing stories! I'd give it four stars except for the fact that David Weber's story - about Honor Harrington's middy cruise was published somewhere else (my apologies for not being able to cite it directly, but I know that I've read the story already).
Quick review of each - David Weber's story was excellent. I've been an Honor fan for a number of years and this story doesn't disappoint. In all honesty, it doesn't add too much to Honor's character either, but it's still enjoyable. If nothing else, it's interesting to see Honor with some self-doubt and a lack of tactical genius (not that she's making mistakes left and right, but she's being trained by the Captain and Tactics Officer and they know things/tricks that she doesn't).
Eric Flint - Another series that I really love. I've read reviews that the Belisarius series is predictable with characters all possessing the same dry sense of humor, but it is just so much fun to read! This short story represents a bit of a departure, as we get a completely new character Calopodius's wife (Calopodius the young officer blinded in one of the most recent full lenght novels). No nerve-wracking moments in this story, but some really nice development of two characters. If you're the emotional type you may even find a tear in your eye during some of the story (not me of course, I'm saying if you were the emotional type you might!)
Finally, there's David Drake's short story from his Hammer's Slammers series. I actually don't read this series so I had very low expectations of this story and almost skipped it (but I was still on the plane with an hour left in my flight so..) Skipping it would have been a mistake.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Jansen on January 19, 2005
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If military sci-fi is your thing, or if you want to find out if you even like military sci-fi, then The Warmasters by David Webster, Eric Flint, and David Drake is the perfect book for you. The three authors are all masters at their craft and each has a different genre and style.

The first book in this compilation is Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington by David Weber. This book is basically the navy in space, and it describes the beginning of the famous admiral Honor Harrington while she is just a simple Midshipwoman of her first military voyage.

After this is Islands by Eric Flint. It takes place during an alternate version of Earth where the Roman Empire hasn't fallen and an ongoing war is in progress in the time period of about the Imperial Age. The wife of a famous officer serving under the great General Belisarius wants to see her husband, and she goes thru the war torn Roman Empire, becoming famous in her own way getting there.

Choosing Sides by David Drake is a more conventional military Sci-fi about Hammers Slammers, an elite mercenary regiment that uses specialized hover tanks. This book continues into more of a political war when the main character is blamed for his squad's misconduct.

Overall this book is a great value, and is definitely worth buying if you have any interest in military sci-fi. The three different genres are all very different types of stories and they all make a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on May 11, 2008
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A collection of novellas related to ongoing series, Honor Harrington, Belisarius and Hammer's Slammers. Never read any of the Belisarius work, seems interesting enough - something to do with aliens or future people providing advanced tech to ancient times - the General appears to have artillery and telegraph communications for example.

The first two are quite good, with Weber's rookie Harrington tale the pick, but I am still not much a fan of the Slammers it seems.

Warmasters : Ms Midshipwoman Harrington - David Weber
Warmasters : Islands - Eric Flint
Warmasters : Choosing Sides - David Drake

Tactically reduced.

4 out of 5

Wifely tour of duty instructions.

4 out of 5

Political payback Slam.

3 out of 5
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
David Weber's Honor Harrington series is based on a future in which
an very English like "Kingdom" has been established in space
with battleships and cruisers and space battles with a Democratic rival
state.
Eric Flint's is novelette is about an alternative future in which the Roman Empire survives into the 1800's and in which again they are very English,
oh, rather.
David Drakes's Hammer's Slammers is another war based series about armor
and mercenary contract war soldiers.
Of the three stories I liked only one, but they are all well written
and seem to be popular.
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More About the Author

The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

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