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First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1)
     

First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1)

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by Michael R. Hicks
 

In the first book of the In Her Name: The Last War trilogy, the Terran survey ship Aurora makes a startling discovery in an uncharted star system: two planets inhabited by an advanced, and decidedly unfriendly, non-human civilization. Disabled by gigantic alien warships before it can escape, the Aurora is boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and

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In the first book of the In Her Name: The Last War trilogy, the Terran survey ship Aurora makes a startling discovery in an uncharted star system: two planets inhabited by an advanced, and decidedly unfriendly, non-human civilization. Disabled by gigantic alien warships before it can escape, the Aurora is boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs who slaughter the crew in ritual combat using primitive weapons. The sole survivor, Midshipman Ichiro Sato, is returned to Earth as a messenger bearing a device that warns of an impending attack.

For that is the way of the Kreelan Empire, which has waged war against civilizations across the stars in its quest for a savior, one not of their own blood, foretold in an ages-old prophecy. With only a few generations left before their ancient species faces extinction, the Kreelans will wage their last war against humanity, hoping against hope for redemption of sins long past.

If you’re new to the In Her Name series, here is the author’s recommended reading order:

The Last War Trilogy
— First Contact
— Legend Of The Sword
— Dead Soul

The Redemption Trilogy
— Empire
— Confederation
— Final Battle

The First Empress Trilogy
— From Chaos Born
— Forged In Flame
— Mistress Of The Ages

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011054440
Publisher:
Michael R. Hicks
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Series:
In Her Name Series , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
33,355
File size:
491 KB

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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First Contact (In Her Name: The Last War, Book 1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
k2nax More than 1 year ago
The "In Her Name" series falls in to the genre of Space Opera similar to David Weber or John Ringo books. Being self-published, this series is quite good. Starting with First Contact, the author begins a solid space narrative that carries through six volumes of 700-100 pages. Amazingly he is able to develop alien characters of depth and feeling while still retaining thier "alien-ness". The human charaters are like-wise well concieved. What is a little thin is the technology definitions for the humans. There really is no attempt to explain FTL travel or space combat other than shooting very big guns at eachother. The alien technology is actually much better composed. Overall this series is very good.
Seanathin More than 1 year ago
By about 2/3 of the way through First Contact it had replaced Confederation as my favorite of the In Her Name books, granted this might change with Legend of the Sword but this is where I stand now. The book still feels like it is part of Hicks world but it also feels very different from the original Trilogy. Where as those books had a very Star Wars feel by the end First Contact felt more like Warhammer 40,000, which isn't a bad thing for a story that is more out right military Sci-Fi. I really enjoyed the new characters that were brought into the mix and how detailed that battle got which is something that I felt was lost from the massive scale that was the first trilogy. While it took me a little while to get going on First Contact once I did I couldn't put the book down and was up till almost 3:30 last night finishing it off. Like a good prequel it sets up the story for what is to come while building off of it, and not trampling on what made the original good, or filling the pages with massive retcons. Though knowing that this was written long after the First group of books, you can feel the tech seem to increase exponentially, due to one being written in the 90s and the other the 2000s, kind of like the Original Star Trek and Enterprise, but it wasn't horrifically distracting. Can't wait to see where this trilogy goes with Legend of the Sword and then Dead Soul in the fall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They gave me the first one free to get me hooked. It worked. I am definitely buying the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's face it, things are bad any time you are hundreds of pages into a book yet still hoping it will get better. While the story did improve in the final third, not nearly enough to offset my dissatisfaction. The author's writing style seemed rather long winded and slow moving, using considerable text for minimal effect of movement of the story. Worse, I felt absolutely no empathy or interest in any of characters, leaving me generally uninterested in the story. Based on the sample chapter from the next book in the series, I suspect it will be more of the same.
Crimson151 More than 1 year ago
Great Books! Anyone who loves a good old fashioned, rousing science fiction read should give this a try. What is impressive to me is how much you become invested in these characters, both human and alien throughout the series. Michael Hicks has created an alien race that is terrifying yet still strangely sympathetic...at first contact they are your worst nightmare of an advanced alien civilization bent on the destruction of mankind but we come to slowly understand and even empathize with this extremely violent race of alien female warriors and on the other side, the human characters are just as well written. You get much more than a fabulous military sci-fi adventure (although for those who love action, battle scenes and even gore, there is plenty to be found) but at the heart of this series is simply a fabulous story.
deesy58 More than 1 year ago
This book has all the cohesion of a bowl of marbles. It reads more like a collection of vignettes than it does as a novel. Characters are constantly being introduced with great detail, then being killed-off in the story. There appears to be little cohesive plot or character development. Comparisons to historical military figures and units from France and the US are gratuitous, contributing nothing to the essential story line (what little of it there is). Reading this book was a lot like reading a comic book, but without the pictures. The author needs to work on his writing skills. There are several places in the e-book where the font mysteriously becomes bold for a few sentences, then returns to normal. There are a few editing errors, but not too many. The book is just too disjointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was better than i thought it would be. Now i can't put it down. This book is AWESOME!
The_TBR_Pile More than 1 year ago
**book review and giveaway** TBR Reviewer: B.H (Brutally honest) I love science fiction and the cover instantly grabbed my attention. I really had high hopes for this book, the plot sounded full of adventure and as I said I love Sci Fi. The beginning is primarily introductions and it is slow moving. Mr. Hicks would have been better off cutting it short or getting right into the action of the 'first contact' which turns out to be a slaughter. The fight is constantly interrupted by flashbacks about certain crewmembers. Paragraphs about their lives, small tidbits about them all while the aliens are boarding and creating chaos on this ship, it slows down the pace considerably. When the aliens finally capture the survivors, it does get better. The story moves faster but not enough to be a good pace. It's still very sluggish and I often found myself wanting to X out the PDF and go do something else. There was a lot of head hoping that proved to hinder the story. It also needs more editing; I noticed a few things that knocked me out of the space voyage and back to my cluttered desk. I hate when the author reveals something about the future ahead of time. Such as Mr. Hicks writing, 'They had no way of knowing that all but one of them would be dead in a few short hours.' That ruins the spontaneity, the surprise. When the attack comes, I don't want to know the ending before the first blow is struck. Readers should live in the moment as the characters do. This happens a few times throughout the book. The plot was good, had a bit of a Stargate feel to it (A favorite of mine.) but I quickly found myself not wanting to continue because the issues mentioned above. The story was there and I am slightly interested in the next novel. Perhaps that would be more engaging and faster paced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seems very much like fan fiction--some hybrid between Star Wars and Star Trek. I enjoy watching both, but it's not something I want to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy smokes this is an INSANE series!!!! I burned thru these electronic pages like wildfire. ... Game of Thrones WILDFIRE!!!! This author is THAT good. You connect with EVERY character. You hurt with them. You celebrate with them. You cry for them. You bleed with them. Incredible. Read. Them. ALL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure what the few negative reviewers feel makes a good book, but when it comes to First Contact, they are dead wrong. This story grips you from the start, giving you the knowledge that only one among the crew will live. The author then builds the suspense by leaving you to wonder who. By the time the narrative prophecy occurs, the plot is fully in motion giving you more questions and causing you to turn each page hoping to find the answers. For me, a good book involves making me forget that Im reading words on a page/screen and having the scenes begin to play in my head like a movie. This author does that and more, giving reader an emotional attachment to the characters and plot. This author is a must-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this book, unlike others I enjoy details and the time the author takes to describe battles or what individuals feel at the moment. Yes it may seem slow to get started but then anyone who has read The Dune series or Lird of the Rings know most great stories take a while to develop a world for you to connect to. As for the comment on wasting time developing characters just to kill them off well that is real life, get use to it people die as do heriones and heros in life but they inspire others to carry on. Looking forward to the next book in the series
repatpat More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and I really enjoyed this book. I find it fascinating that someone can invent technology in their writing that has not yet been been invented. I also enjoyed that the author incorporates much of what is familiar with different cultures, today, as still being followed by those cultures in the future. I would definitely read the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story so much that I decided to buy the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read and wll purcase book 2 of this trilogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! It pulls you in and takes you on an action packed ride through the cosmos with a host of characters brought to life with skill. I'm hooked, looking forward to the rest of this saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of David Weber will enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my interest and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
TheSaintly More than 1 year ago
FANTANSTIC INTRIGUING READ!! This is the best “space opera” that I have read in quite some time. Loved the way he brought in the 7th Cavalry! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to getting the rest of this series. Mr. Hicks is easily becoming one of my new favorite authors and like the others keeps me awake when reading one of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is riveting. The characters cause me to think about them well beyond when I read about them. The outcome of various parts of the story are total surprise . II love these books and they are greatly affordable. Enjoy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go ahead and buy the three book series offered instead of this free book. You WILL buy the others anyway. I had already read the Harvest series and it was fantastic! So I was a bit disappointed that First Contact was not so exciting, not such a page-turner. It is a good story with great characters and I will continue with the series knowing this author is THAT good. But! If you are looking for a good war story, First Contact will be a great choice.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice kept me reading until late at night.