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First Contact (In Her Name: The Last War #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,533 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
Terran survey ship Aurora finds two habitable planets in an uncharted star system. But Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien warships and boarded by blue-skin females with fangs and claws. The warriors slaughter the crew in ritual one-on-one combat. The sole survivor is returned to Earth. This Messenger bears a real-time globe device that counts down to an impending attack. ...more
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published August 29th 2009 by Imperial Guard Publishing
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Aug 09, 2012 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I am not sure it is really worth 4 or 3.5 stars, I will give it 4. I liked the book. Humans make a first contact with a race whose sole purpose of existence is to prove their superiority by wiping off all other life forms. I am simplifying things, but that is the general idea. Oh, and they have much superior technology. Can humans survive? The book has epic (and I do mean - epic) battles: in space and on planets. I really need to mention here the description and tension of space battles were amo ...more
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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
As the title of the book suggests, the action of "First Contact" is centered on the first encounter between humans and kreelans. And so, it is expected to have more battle scenes than the original series, and also to focus on the humans rather on the kreelans. This doesn't mean the kreelans are ignored ... we get more inside of their culture, "social organization", as well as their level of development. Also, we get to know better Tesh-Dar, the high priestess, to understand her powers and, by ex ...more
Jun 26, 2012 tiffany rated it it was ok
This was a prequel to the series In Her Name: Empire. While it set the tone and background for the human and Kreelan war in the Empire trilogy, most of it was very technical and I found myself skipping through the pages of techo-babble because it was beyond my interest and ability to understand. I found myself reading on though to try to understand the Kreelans but I seem to feel a bitter aftertaste for them when I was done with First Contact. I felt as if the Kreelans are a very self-centered r ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011, fantasy
I read the In Her Name trilogy last year and considered it one of my top reads for 2010. I have been looking forward to reading this prequel but have been a little hesitant, fearful that it wouldn't be of the same caliber as In Her Name. I am thrilled to say that I had nothing to fear.

This is a top-notch first contact story. The reactions of the humans and the politics involved in humanity's first contact with the Kreelans felt very real. The battle scenes were gripping and it had that well-plot
Sep 01, 2012 Anissa rated it liked it
This is the first installment in the In Her Name Trilogy & wider space saga. I came into this one knowing nothing but the summary description about the story. I've jumped into another lengthy scifi saga & will have to add this one to my series rotation. I liked it but I found there were a few problems in the beginning. First, early on, it's a but repetitive in some ways. There would be a paragraph given about the Kreelan from their POV & then following would be the same information a ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Cyc rated it it was amazing
This is the first book i read in the series, and now i cannot wait to grab the other 2 books and then the Redemption trilogy as well. It was hard to put it down. I had to force myself away from it so i could eat and sleep haha. The story moves along at a good pace. I did not find any parts of it to be dull, which a lot of books suffer from. It does a great job of continuously switching between the human side of the story and the alien side, so you get both perspectives equally. The end of the fr ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
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Jay Dee Archer
Jul 08, 2012 Jay Dee Archer rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise. Plenty of action, good character development, and enough deaths to make me wonder who will survive. Read my full review here: https://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress....
Missy LaRae
Jun 17, 2012 Missy LaRae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of military scifi or science fiction
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Mar 23, 2015 Dave rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I wanted to like this book. I downloaded it for free. The reviews both in Goodreads and Amazon are quite favorable. But I found the entire story shopworn, illogical, and too convoluted to be interesting. And the author's writing style is way too wordy and simplistic. I managed to finish the book, but my feelings upon doing so were relief, not satisfaction.
The story line revolves around human contact with a far superior race of aliens. The aliens are a violent matriarchal society who seem to get
Jun 24, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok

I thought I loved all sci-fi. I was wrong.

This author does a lot right, but just as much wrong. I can't stand more telling than showing. A ton of time is spent with dozens and DOZENS of characters, setting up little backgrounds, which is great, ha-ha, my life is this, and here's a little cute backstory about my family or my hobbies, meh meh meh, but it never comes back around to mean anything and they often die anyway. It's dreadfully, dreadfully over written, although the writing is clea
Mar 01, 2012 Josh added it
Shelves: kindle
This whole series focuses on the conflict between aliens and humans. What I liked was both viewpoints of the conflict. Also the aliens acted for logical reasons just not human logic. It's hard to write aliens as alien and not just "dressed up" humans and I think he succeeded. Story and plot were good with some memorable characters. Also different characters had different points of view on things that were never really resolved...just like real life.
What I didn't like was the books felt a little
Oct 18, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW, just WOW! It has been a long time since I read sci-fi this wonderful and I wish I hadn't started reading it so late because I couldn't stop until I was finished, just before dawn. It was worth it. I loved the characters, both human and Kreelan, enough to feel sad when so many of both fell in battle. And what battles they were. The last series I started that made me so anxious to tear through to the last book was Outlander. Although of a completely different genre, I am read ...more
Serge Boivin
Aug 07, 2012 Serge Boivin rated it really liked it
A funny thing happened on the way to the (space) opera... See, I should not have enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong; I love sci-fi, and I enjoy the "dry and impersonal" violence of spaceships blowing each other up... It's the "blood and guts" kind of violence I do not like. There is plenty of both in this novel, but I still liked it very much, despite the blood and guts. I think it helped that I had read Empire first, so I really wanted to know more about the Kreelans.
A very interesting aspe
Cian Goggin
Apr 09, 2013 Cian Goggin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
An amazing novel!! Even thought it was only 373 pages it felt like it was a book of over 1000 pages it was that good, with so much detail and a great plot and brilliant characters, this is a book that I would recommend to anybody who love science fiction books or to anyone else I loved its that much. Really want to download the next book on my kindle, but shouldn't because I have major exams in two weeks, but will probable end up downloading it. I gave it 5 stars and really feel that It is worth ...more
Richard Valle
Dec 18, 2013 Richard Valle rated it liked it
At first I didn't like this one so much as it started out too much like David Weber & Steve White's Starfire series except with samurai tigers instead of people eating giant spiders. As the book went on it was interesting to see how the aliens developed and it became a 4 (really liked it). But, I seriously dislike the viewpoint of 'they are not like us so it's ok to kill every man, woman and child because they are not really people'.

There are hints that might change in later books. I'll rea
Lee Guo
Apr 15, 2015 Lee Guo rated it it was amazing
God dam good

God dam good everything damn it. I love. Damn good characterization. A little too much worthiness. Damn good situation all sequences. Just God damn good ending. Lots of surprises
Carl Bronson
Nov 19, 2015 Carl Bronson rated it it was amazing
Great read

Had a hard time putting this one down. Great writing, showing both sides of the conflict. Fast paced & descriptive space and ground conflict.
Richard Burke
May 20, 2017 Richard Burke rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 of a 9 book series. Yes, that's right, 9. The book takes place a few hundred years in the future. Humans have discovered no other intelligent life in the universe - until now. The Kreelans are a bloodthirsty race whose main ambition seems to be to kill opponents in battle. Their technology is way ahead of anything humanity can offer but they love a challenge.

If you like space opera with fearsome aliens, huge space battles and heroic deeds this will appeal.

It's free too so what's n
Alan Rylans
May 22, 2017 Alan Rylans rated it it was amazing
Humans make a hyperjump to another solar system only to find it is inhabited by very vicious female aliens - Kreelans - who slaughter most of the crew and make the rest fight for their lives like gladiators in ancient Rome. Very strong descriptive writing and great characters. Excellent science fiction. This is only the opening to a saga that runs to nine novels.
David Berkley
May 29, 2017 David Berkley rated it really liked it
Non-stop Action

The story moved with great pace. Unique alien warrior culture mixed with heroic human characters make quite a thrilling first book in the series. I couldn't put it down and am holding my breath as I start the next book.
Aug 06, 2016 Skjam! rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Military SF fans who aren't too nitpicky
Recommended to Skjam! by: Michael R. Hicks
The scout ship Aurora is searching for new worlds, especially inhabitable ones for the citizens of Earth and the various worlds their descendants have colonized. What at first seems like a bonus of two viable worlds in the same star system turns into a deadly encounter. Those worlds are inhabited by members of an alien race that will come to be known as the Kreelan Empire. And now that the Kreelans are aware humans exist, they are very excited about going to war with us. All of us.

This is the fi
Jan 14, 2017 Toddp rated it it was amazing
This is not the first book I have read about First Contact with an alien race.
This one is well written and leads the reader on. Very difficult to put it down.
Mike Franklin
Nov 13, 2016 Mike Franklin rated it liked it
Humans, steadily expanding their occupied sphere of space, finally encounter their first aliens. Their civilisation far more ancient and their technology vastly more advanced than Humans, the Kreela could have wiped humans from space with virtually no effort but war, ritual fighting and honour form the corner stones of their culture with swords their preferred weapons of honour. To use their superior technology to exterminate the humans would disgrace that honour so instead they build weapons an ...more
I think I picked this one up as a freebie on Amazon, or possibly Smashwords.

This book takes a little bit to get going; there's a certain amount of setup as humanity exploring deep space encounter an alien race, and everything goes pear-shaped. The aliens, nicknamed Kreelans by humanity, are part of an enormous empire and very dedicated to battle. They also have a very strong sense of fair play, so humanity is warned exactly which planet will be attacked and when, giving them time to prepare. And
Marc Jentzsch
Apr 26, 2014 Marc Jentzsch rated it it was ok
This book was readable and not nearly as terrible as a lot of things I've read lately. Is this a Kindle thing? Reading horrible books? Consider this a break in the streak, despite the rating.

The prose was easy to read and the story wasn't bad, but it also wasn't masterfully executed. The whole package falls short of Drake, Stirling and early Weber (and I do mean early Weber, as in the first 3 Harrington books only), if you want to compare to some of the modern luminaries.

Let me elaborate:

Phoenix Reads
Dec 11, 2012 Phoenix Reads rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
It had been a long time since I read science fiction, but I decided to expand my reading to new genres and picked up Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, #1) by Michael R. Hicks. I found it to be a wonderful blend of epic fantasy and sci fi.

So read it, loved it, and immediately bought Confederation, and Final Battle.

Michael Hicks created the world of Earth after it had taken to space, having built far-flung, loose colonies that behaved similar to our own nations here on Earth – mistrusting, not ne
Marianne Søiland
Apr 08, 2011 Marianne Søiland rated it really liked it
This one in Norwegian - sorry :-) TNS Aurora blir sendt avgårde på utvidet oppdrag for å søke etter nye planeter som kan befolkes av mennesker. Etter å ha tatt et hopp i hyperspace mot et ukjent stjernesystem oppdager besetningen på Aurora fullstendig uforventet at planetene de finner allerede er befolket. Men ikke av mennesker. Mens de forbereder seg på sitt aller første møte med en annen, utviklet rase blir de møtt av gigantiske alien stjerneskip.

Ingenting kunne ha forberedt dem for hva skjebn
Per Gunnar
My understanding is that this is actually not the first book that was written in the In Her Name series but it is the first one in the chronological order of the actual story. It’s the book that the author recommends to start with so it’s what I did. Actually, I kind of stumbled on this book series when I found the author’s site and discovered that the first book in the series was actually a free download. I had seen them before on various sites but I had always hesitated since I wasn’t really s ...more
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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 David Weber, a ...more
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“Colonel Sparks, his rifle’s magazine having run dry, thrusting his bayonet into the neck of an alien warrior who had managed to leap through the window, falling on top of her, driving the bayonet’s tip into the wood floor as the alien thrashed and clawed at him. And the terrible, terrible snarling of the enemy warriors, their fangs gleaming as they howled in some terrible ecstasy while they crashed in wave upon wave against the humans’ defensive position.” 0 likes
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