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"A Grand Tour", written by David Drake, is the second short story in the first Honorverse anthology More Than Honor, first published in 1998.

Plot Edit

Lord Sir Hakon Nessler, 14th Earl of Greatgap, travels to the planet Hope with Edith Mincio, his university tutor and occasional gambling teacher, to do research on an ancient race known as the Alphanes, when he hears of the destruction of HMS L'Imperieuse by the Havenite cruiser Rienzi.

He then plots to gain control of the Melungeon light cruiser Colonel Arabi and crew it with the survivors of the Manticoran crew and Melungeon workers, with himself commanding the vessel he renamed HMS Ajax. They manage to bluff the crew of Rienzi into abandoning and than scuttling the ship.

Background Edit

This is a story with few links to any other in the Honorverse setting. Careful reading may reveal similarities to the first novel in David Drake's RCN Series, in the characters, style, and attitude. Both were published in 1998. Indeed Drake confirmed that "A Grand Tour" is in fact the conceptual antecendant of the first RCN novel, With the Lightnings, with Lord Nessler in the position of Lieutenant Leary and Edith Mincio in that of Adele Mundy.

While the Honor Harrington novels were influenced by C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series, Drake's RCN series is based on the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.

References Edit

Characters Edit

Arlemont | Beresford | Bowen | Carabus | Carswell | Dawtry | DeKyper | Dismore | Gedrosian | Leona Harpe | Holdt | Kalpriades | Kapp | Denise Kawalec | Larrup | Edith Mincio | Hakon Nessler | Orloff | Rovald | Royston | Baruch Singh | Lalita Singh | Sharra Singh

Starships Edit

Planets Edit

Nations Edit

Other Edit

Alcohol catalyzer | Alphanes | Air System | Bakersfield Cordillera | Kuepersburg | poker | Republic of Haven Navy | Royal Bank of Manticore | Royal Manticoran Navy | Sector 12 | Skanderbeg University | Survey of the Alphane Worlds | Teutonic Order


Main Honor Harrington series
HH1 On Basilisk Station HH8 Echoes of Honor
HH2 The Honor of the Queen HH9 Ashes of Victory
HH3 The Short Victorious War HH10 War of Honor
HH4 Field of Dishonor HH11 At All Costs
HH5 Flag in Exile HH12 Mission of Honor
HH6 Honor Among Enemies HH13 A Rising Thunder
HH7 In Enemy Hands HH14 Shadow of Freedom
Spin off Series
Crown of Slaves Saganami Island
CS1 Crown of Slaves SI1 The Shadow of Saganami
CS2 Torch of Freedom SI2 Storm from the Shadows
CS3 Cauldron of Ghosts
Star Kingdom Manticore Ascendant
SK1 A Beautiful Friendship MA1 A Call to Duty
SK2 Fire Season
SK3 Treecat Wars
Anthologies
HHA1 More Than Honor HHA4 The Service of the Sword
HHA2 Worlds of Honor HHA5 In Fire Forged
HHA3 Changer of Worlds HHA6 Beginnings
Tales of Honor Comic Series
TOH1 Tales of Honor #1 TOH2 Tales of Honor #2

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