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By David Weber

Correct lady, improper Place

Honor Harrington has been despatched to guard the planet Grayson -- the place girls are with no rights, and her very presence is an affront to the institution. yet simply she will be able to shop the planet from an enemy attack!

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God used to be going to allow them to all die for not anything. * * * Rafe Cardones' element safety used to be totally online now. He did not trouble with ECM—the variety used to be too brief, and in keeping with his facts base, Grayson missiles have been virtually too silly to idiot, besides. His counter missiles went out virtually because the enemy introduced, yet he left them to Ensign Wolcott. He had different issues on his brain. His heavy launchers have been nonetheless approaching line as their crews closed up, yet his strength guns have been prepared. Dancing hands locked within the concentrating on agenda, and a unmarried, enormous key on the middle of his panel flashed, accepting the instructions. He drove it flat. not anything in any respect occurred for one never-ending second. Then leader Killian's maneuvers swung Fearless's starboard facet in the direction of the LACs. It was once just for an fast . . . yet an quick was once the entire ready desktops wanted. a perilous flicker sparkled down the cruiser's armored flank, heavy power mounts firing just like the breath of God, and the diversity used to be little greater than 1 / 4 million kilometers. No Grayson-built sidewalls may face up to that fury at such brief variety. They did their top, however the beams stabbed via them as though they have been paper, and every of these LACs used to be the objective of 2 lasers and a graser, every one greatly extra strong than they themselves fixed. surroundings spumed out in a bath of particles as HMS Fearless blew Bancroft and her consorts into very tiny items. bankruptcy 16 "How undesirable is it, Alistair? " "Bad sufficient, Ma'am. " Alistair McKeon's face was once grim. "We've misplaced Missile and Radar 3. That leaves aspect protection large open at the starboard beam. an identical hit carried via into the ahead impellers—Alpha Four's long past, and so is Beta 8. the second one hit got here in correct on body Twenty and carried transparent again via sickbay. It took out the grasp keep an eye on runs to Laser 3 and Missile 4 and breached journal . The magazine's a complete write-off; Laser 3 and Missile 4 are online in neighborhood keep watch over, and we are repressurizing and rigging new runs to them now, yet we misplaced thirty-one humans, together with Dr. McFee and ailing berth attendants, and we have now wounded. " His voice used to be harsh with soreness, and Honor's eyes have been darkish as she nodded, yet for all that, they either knew Troubadour have been highly fortunate. The lack of certainly one of her ahead missile tubes and a complete journal had damage her offensive strength, and Radar Three's destruction left a deadly chink in her anti-missile defenses. yet her strive against energy was once a long way much less impaired than it could possibly were, and the casualties might have been a lot, a lot worse. She'd been lamed, and till the alpha node was once changed she could not generate a ahead Warshawski sail, yet she may perhaps nonetheless maneuver and struggle. "I got here in too fats and stupid," McKeon went on bitterly. "If i might in simple terms had my sidewalls up, maybe—" "Not your fault," Honor interrupted. "We did not have any cause to anticipate Grayson to open hearth on us, or even if we had, it was once my accountability to visit a better readiness kingdom. " McKeon's lips tightened, yet he stated not more, and Honor was once joyful.

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