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First Contact

(In Her Name: The Last War #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,026 ratings  ·  354 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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Marc Hoad Personally I started with the in Her name trilogy.
I think it would be better starting with Emipre as the flow is a little off when you prequel first.…more
Personally I started with the in Her name trilogy.
I think it would be better starting with Emipre as the flow is a little off when you prequel first.


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Aug 09, 2012 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 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
Sep 01, 2012 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 as the humans ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
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
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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Jay Dee Archer
Jul 08, 2012 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.... ...more
Lalo Martins
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
A richly developed alien culture and the interesting (if not novel) concept of contact with a much more advanced species with values so different we can't communicate. Good prose and characters that resonate. All this wasted is a book that is 90% fight scenes. After a while the battle antics just blurred into one another and bored me into skipping entire chapters. ...more
Pavel Lishin
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
"The Bloodsong. It was an ethereal thing, unmeasurable by any instrument or technology"

If you want to write fantasy, just write fantasy. The Black Gate was also very handwavy, but this is just elves and wizards on a spaceship.
Missy LaRae
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of military scifi or science fiction
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Mar 23, 2015 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 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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"A prequel to In Her Name: Empire, the events of First Contact take place a century earlier:

Led by Commander Owen McClaren, the TNS Aurora has embarked on an extended survey mission, searching for new worlds that could support human life. Drawn to an uncharted star system that appears to have not just one, but two potentially habitable planets, the crew of the Aurora discovers something even more unexpected: the planets are already inhabited, but not by humans. Approached by gigantic alien stars
Mar 01, 2012 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 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 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
Christina (Mystic)
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read a great Sci-Fi book and Michael R. Hicks' In Her Name First Contact was, indeed, great.

The characters were well written and had great depth to them. You know a book is well written when, even though the antagonists are terrifying, you still feel for them and want to learn more about why they do what they do. I had a hard time hating the Kreelans, especially Tesh-Dar and Li'ara-Zhurah as they were just such well written antagonists that I really grew to know them
Cian Goggin
Apr 09, 2013 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 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 read mo
Lee Guo
Apr 15, 2015 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 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.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Well, this author can line up one word after another well enough, but I don’t think I have ever read anything so cheesy. There’s more overacting by the stereotypically perfect crew members in this novel than in the worst toothpaste commercials on television. The descriptions are as wooden and wobbly as the cheapest backdrops of a bargain bucket TV series.

There’s more “telling” than “showing” here than I have ever seen before, even though I tend to scoff at the old “show, don’t tell” chestnut. B
Samantha Tanner
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This book was more enjoyable than I anticipated. If I were to summarize what it is about... Star Trek meets the political aspects of The Expanse meets the battles of Starship Troopers meets the incredibly technologically advanced women of Amazonia.

A few things I really liked about this writing:

1. as with Gaiman, he was able to include "big" words without sounding pompous or common words in creative way. Here's a sampling: rapacious, abattoir, phalanx, brevet, chandelle.

2. A large portion of t
Grace Ison
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a new author for me, and I love a good book that a long-running series. So far. This one is a 19-book series. I would call this a Military SiFi series, and suspect Hicks has read Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Black & Gold Series as well as C.J. Cherryh’s Downbelow Station. Something are immediately clear, such as, when Hicks writes about “jump space” and “gravity wells.” I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
The story begins on a spaceship seeking planets that can be inhabited by humans. Upon finding a
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a weird plot, I must say.
I'm a hardcore sci-fi fanatic, but never have I come across such a plot. Its quite interesting though.
I mean, till now we have read or seen sci-fi shows or books on alien lifeform either friendly or hostile, but never have I heard of or can imagine of a sentient life form with a sole purpose of annihilating other worthy sentient life forms. I mean, they kill because the other life forms are worthy of their respect. Wow...

Super twisted plot. Though the alien cha
Tim Seabrook
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the opening and all the way through. Mankind is reaching out to the stars, it has been to many places but this is the first time that it has met another race of aliens and they are completely different to what we expect.

Their technology is beyond ours in so many ways and so are the lives they live. Yet, in some of they are more honourable than you could possibly expect.

The crew of the Aurora have the unprecedented role of meeting aliens but even though it is
chris baxter
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Chuck Matthews
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard core with a story

I have read much about hard core science fiction versus mainstream. The characterization seems to break down between the technology being the star versus character development. In this story, Mr. Hicks captures the genre of war fighting at a fascinating level of how people make the difference as they use technology.

Also, the author captures the essence of how advanced technology appears to be magic and how that can affect the strategic thinking in the "rules of warfare."

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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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