Final Battle (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 3)

Final Battle (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 3)

by Michael R. Hicks

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Overview

In the final book of the first trilogy of the epic In Her Name science fiction & fantasy series, Final Battle picks up where Confederation left off: Reza Gard awakens in a hospital on Earth after having been in a coma for months. Charged with murder and high treason, he finds himself the scapegoat for a daring plot to assassinate the President of the Confederation. Escaping with the help of Jodi Mackenzie, who is now hunted for what she knows about the death of the president, Reza discovers that something is deeply wrong with the Empire: the warriors have lost their will to fight. Compelled to step into a trap set for him and Jodi, the two once again find themselves bound for Erlang. But this time it is to meet Tesh-Dar, who has been captured. Captured and sentenced to death, they can only watch as a human armada gathers for a strike against the Kreelan homeworld. But the human fleet - and humanity itself - will be doomed to utter annihilation unless Reza can reach the Empress in time...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984673063
Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Series: In Her Name Series , #6
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About 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 continue 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 Maryland with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he now lives his dream of writing full-time and spends as much time on the road in the family RV as possible...

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Final Battle (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
KirkusMacGowan More than 1 year ago
I gave the first two books in the In Her Name series four out of five stars because I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I enjoyed the stories immensely. They were epic in many ways and well written, yet I couldn’t decide what I thought about the series in its entirety. Book three, In Her Name: Final Battle, sealed the deal. Hicks brought everything together neatly. Though there wasn’t as much action as in the other two, the political intrigues really pulled the story together. I took my time reading the previous two but I didn’t have that option this time. I finished it in two days. Here’s a big sorry to my family! I couldn’t pull my nose from my Kindle the whole time. The two protagonists finagled their way into positions of power and use that power to bring Reza Gard and the Kreelan Empire to their knees. Gard’s friends, both known and unknown, fight to make things right but fear for their lives, and for good reason. Things don’t end the way the reader expects, or the characters for that matter. We’re left hanging until almost the very end when everything comes together in a meaningful and epic ending, a perfect way to bring the In Her Name story to an end. I’m all about the baseball metaphors, and Hicks hit the ball out of the park with his first series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic stories. I am so glad I found this authors creations. It has been wonderful to read great, imaginative scify.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third novel in this series is just as spine-tingling as the preceding novels. I have read the series in less than a week, and this author builds a rich story that is extremely compelling. This is scifi and at times a bit gory but is extremely realistic and compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series and the flow of the story keeps you interested.
ChristopherKellen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Note: This review may contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned.)So, I actually finished reading FINAL BATTLE two days ago. Ever since then, I¿ve been trying to figure out how to write this review.There was a short period of time where I considered just not reviewing it, because I¿m kind of conflicted about it. I decided it was better to try and get my thoughts down rather than trying to keep them all bottled up, though, so here goes.FINAL BATTLE is the third (and final) book of the IN HER NAME saga. It¿s the epic conclusion to the story of Reza Gard which began in EMPIRE and continued on through CONFEDERATION.I think that I can safely say that I really enjoyed about 90% of this book. The overall plot direction, continued character development and writing style are all very solid and continue Michael Hicks¿ pattern of excellence. I continued to see the influence of science fiction greats, but they in no way overshadowed what is clearly Hicks¿ own personality and focus shining through in a stirring, fantastic story.Now comes the hard part. I have two quibbles with this book, and unfortunately, these aren¿t minor ones.Here¿s the final score for those who¿d like to know what I thought of the book without reading the spoilers.For the grand conclusion to the saga of the fascinating Kreelans, overall plot direction and tight, page-turning storytelling, I would have given FINAL BATTLE a full 5 stars. However, my two not-so-minor quibbles with the ending force me to drop it to 4.Read on if you¿ve read the book, or if you don¿t mind me basically giving away the ending. Otherwise, stop here and do not go on.Final Score: 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended.(Spoilers ahead. This is your last warning.)¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿My problems arise within the last 5,000-10,000 words of the story. The antagonist, Markus Thorella, was never a particularly subtle character. He happily danced WAY on the far side of the Moral Event Horizon pretty much from the moment we met him, and Hicks did a great job making us hate this character for everything he did, especially how perfectly he set Reza up at the end of CONFEDERATION to prepare him for taking the fall for the events which set off FINAL BATTLE.With how much I already gleefully hated Thorella, there was absolutely no reason for the frankly shocking and brutal scene near the end. I actually ended up having to skim it. I won¿t go into the details deeply here in this review, but I felt that it was actually a bit gratuitous and unnecessary either for plot or character development.Given this particular scene, however, it becomes several times more imperative that Reza finish him off in a satisfying manner, like he¿d been promising for all of CONFEDERATION and FINAL BATTLE so far.He doesn¿t.Yep, you read that right. Reza doesn¿t actually deliver the killing blow that we¿ve been expecting for two whole books.I had a discussion about this with my wife and some friends after seeing Harry Potter 7.2 in the theater last weekend. Harry never actually has to make the choice to kill Voldemort ¿ it¿s taken care of for him by the villain¿s own failings. In my eyes (and I realize that this is mostly subjective) this cheapens the hero¿s accomplishments, because he never has to make the hard choice to do what has to be done. It¿s all taken care of for him, and he gets to keep his hands clean.What I found most odd about the end of FINAL BATTLE, though, is that Reza is in no way Harry Potter. He¿s no children¿s book hero, who¿s forced to keep his hands clean because it¿s `for the kids¿. Reza is a cold-blooded killer, trained on an alien world, who has zero compunctions about slaughtering those who deserve it and doing what needs to be done. Yet he never delivers vengeance for all of the things that Thorella did to him and to those he loved, and that really disappointed me.At the beginning of CONFEDERATION, we¿re told that Reza knows that one day he will have to kill Markus Thorella. And yet it can be said that, by the en
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author concludes the Final Battle and series in a classic fashion. Bringing all of the main characters to play in one final showdown that leads to the inevitable conclusion. As a reader I was on edge throughout the series and enjoyed every turn of the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading the story, hated that so many characters died but the story was compelling and urged you to keep reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 32 different Sci fy series, just this year (2017)... I , might be exaggerating a little but not by much... READ THIS ONE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Trilogy may be the best I have ever read I couldn't sleep I couldn't eat all I could do is read I finished them in 3 days. I will admit I hoped for a different ending and whish there was more wiggle room for a continued story but I still loved it
mudgger More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to discover a new author whose books kept me wanting more. I couldn't put them down until the series was finished. Then I didn't want them to end. They are a nice blend of sci-fi, mystery and romance...a little something for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
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I just completed the first six novels in chronological order (rather than published date) as suggested by Michael Hicks. I loved the series and recommend one interested in a space saga that has it all to dive into this one. Although each is a fantastic novel by itself it was an easy epic to follow this way without wondering what happened to get to a particular point. All the important characters are well developed and even though you might feel you know where the story is going most of the time it is one hell of read when getting you there. I thought it had a great mix of intrigue, drama, pain, passion, rogues, heroes, action, high tech gadgetry, etc. - could go on - but you get the picture. Mr. Hicks has been added to my list of favorite authors. I read almost any genre but have a leaning to sci-fi and any kind of good mystery/drama/intrigue and I find his writing style blends a satisfying mix. I expect I'll pick up the series prequel set as well as his "Harvest" novels in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this battle story set in a time where space is the setting and the enemy is really foreign. Lots of high tech weapons, but the enemy values hand to hand combat while having no mercy for anyone who won't fight. The paradox is what keeps it interesting. I kept hoping that some of our humanity would wear off on to the Kreelans. Hopefully that will come later in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this series and Final Battle finishes the story that started in Empire and continued in Confederation with an epic battle and conclusion filled with twist, turns and a good plot resolution. I highly recommend this series. It does not disappoint.
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Havent been hooked from the free first book, First Contact, I was forced to do what I rarely do nowadays; I BOUGHT the ones I had to pay for. That is a testament to how excellent this series is and to the A+ writing ability of the author. Because this was the final book of this series, and in order to avoid the total let down one normally experiences at the completion of such a fantastic story, I might have to do yet another thing I rarely do - read the pre-sequeal about the origins of the Kreelan empire! Damn you Mr. Hicks! ;) Dale M. Baranoski
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A good wrap to the series though not on par with the previous two. The action of a few of the characters seemed contrived and inconsistent. Also the end of the final battle didn't logically flow from earlier events. Still overall a must read to finish the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I generally liked the characters, especially Reza, the profanity and bizarre sex/torture made this one that I could not recommend. It is a shame since I thought Michael Hicks developed several characters so that you truly were interested in them and what happened to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I've stayed up so late reading a book, or in this case books. Great reading from first page to last. Okay I'll finish this chapter and go to sleep. Damn okay one more chapter and .....Thank you for the enjoyment have started the Harvest series now hope my boss belives the insomnia story again.
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