This collection has six stories in it, three of which are pretty much standalone and three of which I expect to be background for future Honor novels.
I've been very disappointed in Weber's last few novels. Weber has concentrated on things he is very bad at writing about (political intrigue, character development, romance) instead of the things he is good at writing about (swashbuckling action, mainly). He has also fallen farther and farther into his bad habit of telling us stuff instead of showing it to us.
But this time, the Weber story in the collection is surprisingly good. He takes a bunch of his stock characters (young female officer, less-talented but high-born young male officer, Marine non-com from San Martin, high-born and foppish captain) and deliberately plays slice and dice with the stereotypes. He actually tells a different story, for a change. Plus, there is only one three page long pointless lecture on star system political alliances.
Eric Flint also bends the stereotypes of State Sec in his story. I think the next Honor novel is actually going to be co-written by Weber and Flint.
The two John Ringo stories are played for humor, and are only nominally set in the Honorverse.
Timothy Zahn's story is unusual in that Weber apparently allowed him to write a backstory featuring the main Honorverse characters. Too bad they all stayed completely in their pre-established characters, because we learn nothing new about them.
The Jane Lindskold story is somewhat interesting for the Moses references, but otherwise reads like a journeyman attempt to "do a Weber story". I believe it will set up some characters for the next Honor novel.
All in all, probably the second best of the Worlds Of Honor books, and much better than the last two full Honor novels.