Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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EMPIRE is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress.

Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand...

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Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

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Overview

EMPIRE is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress.

Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

The IN HER NAME Series:

THE LAST WAR Trilogy
- FIRST CONTACT (Book 1)
- LEGEND OF THE SWORD (Book 2)
- DEAD SOUL (Book 3)

REDEMPTION Trilogy
- EMPIRE (Book 1)
- CONFEDERATION (Book 2)
- FINAL BATTLE (Book 3)

THE FIRST EMPRESS Trilogy
- FROM CHAOS BORN (Book 1)
- FORGED IN FLAME (2013)
- MISTRESS OF THE AGES (2013)

Techno-Thrillers

HARVEST Trilogy
- SEASON OF THE HARVEST (Book 1)
- BITTER HARVEST (Book 2, June 2012)
- REAPING THE HARVEST (Book 3, Spring 2013)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000698730
  • Publisher: Michael R. Hicks
  • Publication date: 9/4/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 7,060
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Born in 1963, Michael Hicks grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth glued to the television watching the original Star Trek series and other science fiction movies, which continues to be a source of entertainment and inspiration. Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader, he has been heavily influenced by writers ranging from Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, and David Weber to S.M. Stirling. Living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he is now living his dream of writing full time.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

    I loved this book! I can't wait to read the next two in the series. If you like sci-fi/fantasy you will enjoy this book! I bought this book on Tuesday afternoon and finished it Wednesday night, only put it down cause I had to work. If you enjoyed Avatar and the Ender's Game series, then you will like this story. I will be reading more by Michael Hicks.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Good but didnt know about the sex

    This was a good story. Kind of predictable. I have only read the first one in the series and I probably won't read the others. I was very surprised at the sex scenes and references. I didn't need those. Cliche for a sci fi story to have a human male having sex with an alien woman. Guess I won't be giving this book to my young teen aged daughter to read!

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This book actually gave me the adventure I was looking for. More

    This book actually gave me the adventure I was looking for. More than that, it held my attention. A pleasant and timely surprise after a recent run of bad science fiction reads. However, it does have downsides.

    The book starts out slow. There's plenty of action first thing but none of it fits together in a way that pulls the reader into a greater story. Combined with unnerving switchbacks in point of view and no real sense of a main character, it's no surprise that I almost stopped reading without finishing the first chapter.

    Fortunately, the appearance of the main character caught me. I was curious enough to continue reading. Even then, however, the pull of his character doesn't really set in until about the third chapter - a long time to hold on if you're an impatient reader.

    The entire book is filled with jarring POV changes, unnecessary info dumps, and long scenes of narration instead of the action the reader so desperately wants. (I was also disappointed by the ending but that may be more a matter of taste than anything else.)

    These are pet peeves of mine, enough to sink other books. But here, the author surprised me. The story itself is gripping. It makes you want to find out more.

    If you plan to check it out yourself, I have two cautions: anyone with a strong inner editor may not be able to enjoy themselves and there are explicit, mature themes about halfway through the book that some readers may not feel are appropriate.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Solid scifi-fantasy, reminiscent of Weber and Scalzi

    I have to admit, before I even get into this review, that I'm a fussy reader when it comes to genres. I like a very specific, narrow type of science fiction. I certainly read all types - Hamilton, Clarke, Heinlein, Baxter, etc. - and enjoy them, but there's a type of scifi, I suppose what I call near-future military, that I really get into (as evidenced by the type of scifi I write). So I really dig David Weber, Tobias Buckell, Charles Sheffield, John Scalzi, et al. My problem is it's difficult, in my opinion, to find such a specific type of scifi from a self-published author, or at least one that's up to the standards of Weber and the others. That all changed when I picked up Michael Hicks's In Her Name: Empire.

    From chapter one, the introduction to the very young Reza Gard in a captivating scene where he loses his parents as they try to defend him, to subsequent chapters where he moves to an orphanage/near-slave labor planet, his capture by the invading aliens (a blue-skinned humanoid that may bring to mind Avatar, but these are much more.cold, yet fascinating), and Reza's maturation with the aliens, Hicks grabbed a hold of my attention and never let go.

    The characters are fully developed, the settings are beautifully described without going overboard, the creatures encountered, the battles fought, the technology, and finally even a dash of romance, are all told in clear, concise style that made me want to continue turning pages. And the best part? There are two more in the series, then Hicks goes back to before this story to add three more.

    The spelling & grammar, formatting, punctuation, and sentence structure (I've got an OCD for these errors) are flawless - better than many traditionally published works. No really, flawless. Hats off to Mr. Hicks's editor; some of the big publishers should look into hiring him/her. Those issues really stand out to me, pull me out of the story, but I found none.

    All in all, one of the best science fiction (with a smidgen of fantasy) novels I've read in a long time - mainstream or self-published. And easily the best self-published scifi I've had the opportunity to lay my hands (and e-reader) on. Congrats, Mr. Hicks - you've got a winner, and a customer for the next five books in the series. You actually pushed David Weber's 4th Safehold novel down my list.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    In Her Name: Empire (Book Review)

    Hicks has created a full world for Reza. Beside the aliens, which you’ll learn much about, readers will be educated on new animals, solar systems, and religions. While all this provides a wonderful landscape for Empire’s characters to live in, thoughtful readers will grasp that we all need to keep an open mind to the world we live in. There is always an opportunity to learn. There are always new ways of seeing things. Even when parties disagree, Empire strives to show that between ignorance and fighting lies understanding.

    Whether you are a long-time fan of Science Fiction or a newcomer looking to expand your reading list, Empire will offer you plenty of adventure, characters, and plot to keep you entertained. I truly found myself anxious to get back to reading so I could find out what happens next. As this is just the first book in the series, I am planning to savor each of Hicks’ other books in the future.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Amazing novel

    Sci-fi, romance, war, enslavement, philosophy, religion and mysticism are found in this rich novel that grabs your imagination and draws the reader into a young man's life. I will look forward to reading other novels by this author

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Not what I was expecting. But hey! It turned out to be very good!

    Set to immerse yourself in a savage war of human v. alien? Explosions, hull breaches, mesons, FTL space battles? How about learning of honor, courage and inner strength?

    This was a very good read, much different than what I was expecting. Well-written and captivating from the start. One reviewer wrote about predictability, and I wouldn't disagree, but the premise was so different that it kept me well-engaged. And I have to agree that the ending was very... I'll say... "rough around the edges."

    However, you will notice the four stars because I was very entertained by the unique story and writing. I will be reading the next book because I enjoyed the first so much. Lastly, there have been many novels that I paid six or seven dollars for that were horrendous in comparison to this fresh and free one. Thanks for the good read!

    BTW, the disappointed "sex scenes" reviewer? I think you may want to switch genres because these were pretty tame.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    In Her Name: Empire

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and well thought out. Great attention to detail and solid world and culture building. I look forward to reading the next books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Very good

    Ive enjoyed the book so far.but i dont like the plank pages that keep popping up.you miss awhole page.one min raize is on the ground getting beat , blank page. Raize racing down the road? Please fix KMK

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

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    Good but confusing

    When first looking I thought it was another middle ages romance but it turned out to be futeristic enstead.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    A must read;once started you can't put it down!

    Once I started this book I just couldn't put it down. This is a new author to me, but this won't be his last book that I read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Good series

    A well written trilogy, highly recomended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Great Book for any SF Fan

    The largest part of my book collection consists of books from the fantasy genre. I have tried reading other SF books in the past but I had a tough time getting beyond a one or two chapters. Establishing much of the world in the first few chapters is similar in SF as Fantasy. This book is the first SF I have read where the author created the world without trying to impress the reader with how many details they can jam in about futuristic technology.

    Hicks does a great job of hooking the reader and getting us involved with the characters. I would suggest this SF book to any SF fan I know. The use of clichés early in the book was the only problem I had with In Her Name: Empire, and after the first few, I did not notice it again.

    Overall it was a very good read, not as polished as I would have liked, but definitely worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Great start to a very imaginative series.

    Great start to a very imaginative series.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Loved this scifi thriller

    Michael Hicks always hooks me in for along read, I just can't put done one of his novels! This delivers the goods to make me think beyond our own world. Well written. He brings the story to a conclusion while making me hope there is another novel to follow. Thanks for not disappointing me, I'm ready to keep going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Very good series.

    Excellent. I loved the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Profanity & Detailed Sex Scenes

    The basic plot is interesting as well as the characters, but the profanity and detailed sex scenes spoiled the book. Too bad, because I think it would have been a good read without it.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Love me some Kreelan warriors! Perfect addition to my Sci-Fi Lib

    Love me some Kreelan warriors! Perfect addition to my Sci-Fi Library.  One of my new favorite authors.  Exceptional story line & extremely
    captivating. Honor among killer aliens..loved it! An ancient but advanced technological warring, primarily female, race that still loves
     "old school fighting" and a human boy who gets the chance of life in both worlds. Exceptional writing with a fair amount of emotional
    value to boot! The sexual content is NOT too explicit and actually very minimal.  But it does invoke endearing love, sacrifices & a code
    of honor of 2 very different beings. You will root for both races in this saga & actually wish humans were somewhat more like the
    Kreelans. Except for their annihilation habits. What more could you ask for??
    Take a chance...this book and the series will have you begging for the saga to continue! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    I really loved this story. Definitely not for YA. Too graphic se

    I really loved this story. Definitely not for YA. Too graphic sexually, totally unnecessary. Too bad, I would have bought the next. 

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