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Confederation

(In Her Name: Redemption #2)

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In the second book of the In Her Name science fiction & fantasy series, Reza Gard has been banished from the Kreelan Empire and is once again a stranger in a strange land as he returns to the human Confederation. Befriended by a marooned Confederation naval officer leading a desperate fight against the Kreelans on a distant colony world, she reunites Reza with Nicole Carré ...more
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Markus
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A typical iteration of middle book syndrome, Confederation has some interesting plots which are unfortunately too underexplored to be truly intriguing, and it mostly serves as filler material before the series inevitably brings the reader back to what matters.

Unfortunately, it also has some minor absurdities, including a scene where a key gay female character (who is very vocal about her sexual preferences from the very first few sentences of the book) decides it's a good idea to go have sex wit
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Daniel Swensen
Would have been four stars if not for the bewildering and unnecessary inclusion of the lesbian character who "goes straight" just long enough to have sex with the male protagonist. The character spends the entire book vehemently declaring her own sexual orientation, then suddenly decides to be attracted to the protagonist because she's "lonely." I don't think so.

It may seem a petty thing to get irate about, but I thought it was unbelievable and completely undermined the integrity of my favorite
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Kirkus MacGowan
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Her Name: Confederation has more of a science fiction feel than the first in the series. It is similar to the first book in that we follow Reza Gard over a period of years. I'm not sure if I'm more into the story, or if it's because Hicks gained confidence as he went on, but the writing seemed more in the scene in the second book. Probably a combination of both confidence and my enjoyment.

Gard appears in the story shortly after it begins and immediately takes control of the show. After spendi
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Deborah Hughes
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to get to this second book after reading the first. I was not disappointed. I was wondering how Reza's relationship would play out once he was reunited with his first love (innocent though it was), Nicole. I think Hicks handled their reunion well and developed their relationship realistically. I almost didn't rate this as a five because I truly believe someone like Reza would be handled much differently than how Hicks has portrayed, but this is his story and who am I to inflict m ...more
Cameluta
I give this book 4.5 stars, and here is why is not full five stars.

As the title of the book suggests, "Confederation" tells us the story of Reza after he returned in the human Confederation, how the humans welcomed him and his struggle to reintegrate in the world he does not remember... And Michael R. Hicks does a wonderful job here. The problem for me was that I was more connected with the Kreelan word than with what happened in the human part of the galaxy. All the time I wanted to know what's
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Steven Ellsworth
Second book of the trilogy that kept me reading from start to finish. I really enjoyed this trilogy and can best describe it a story that has a good blend of combat, action, political intrigue and a good love story with plenty of twists and turns in between. Great follow up to Empire and I recommend that you read this series.
Samantha Tanner
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
4.5 stars
Half star off for ending the book almost mid thought (book 3 starts off immediately)and for a few spots where it went into details that I didn't care about. Overall though the writing is stellar, if he mentions someone, they have a role and depth. He doesn't waste your time with needless info (for 99.9%) or false herring plot points.

This part of the story Reza has returned to humans and you really just kind of loath humans after spending so much time with Kreelans. Kreelans, violent an
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Gbolahan
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably skipped rating this book 2 when I was done with it in 2014 because of the stupidity that was book 3. If I remember correctly, book 2 was the one that kept me glued to a toilet seat for about 2 hours. I'd needed to use the toilet, and then planned on waking my kid to pee before he wet the bed. 2 hours later, I was still "using" the toilet, face glued to this ebook, while my kid's bladder was filling slowly till he almost wet the bed. Close save. I had to write an email to Hicks that ve ...more
Gorram
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first a very good story and a very interesting one, it has some trouble midway through. It strives to present itself as a very heartful and very insightful book, and almost gets there, but makes several missteps. The pace is stuttering, and a lot that would be interesting is glossed over, while other details, which seem boring, were provided for pages.

Sometimes, the perspective shift, which happens here in this book a lot, is jarring, and sudden enough to make one almost not know who one is a
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Phillip M Lewallen
Still a masterpiece . . .

In this, book 5, of the In Her Name series Michael Hicks continues to mesmerize with heartfelt love, exciting action and tense situations. The continuing saga is not to be missed! I still highly recommend the entire series!
Edward T.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the ongoing developing story

I really like this series of books. Each book is developing the storyline in very interesting ways. We learn more about the Confederation and Kreelans in this book.
Motherbeaver
Not as good as the first book. Too many holes and contradictions. This is why authors need early readers to ask questions.
Ray
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boys and girls what we have here is genuine space opera.
Volpot
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 good sequel
Laura Zinn
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I enjoyed this series. It's a thrill ride and very entertaining. Great story line as well. I am working on finishing the whole series.
Jeff Wombold
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi

As the same as all the rest of the In Her Name books I have read, this was just as exciting. I cannot wait to read the final battle and learn the fate of Reza.
Sunwyn
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond words

I can hardly believe it but these books keep getting better. They are absolutely as far beyond the normal "Military SF" books as a supernova is beyond a G-type star.
Cordenne
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I kneel down in a Kreelan salute to this book and its creator! In the first book I wondered if I could ever make something like it, always wanting to be an author myself. I shrugged and put the thought off for the moment. Now I have my answer. NEVER? Where did this author get the storyline of such a book? It seems humanly impossible that he formulated this whole book out of pure patience and thought. Maybe a dream perhaps. All I know is that I never could have just thought anything like that up ...more
D.G. Speirs
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second books in a trilogy often suffer from what I call "Jan Brady Syndrome." They have to create their own interest while being burdened with standing in the shadow of the first story in the series. It can be a daunting task, especially when trying to present vital information that was already dropped on the reader earlier. You could do a "previously on 'In Her Name'" exposition dump, or drop little bits here and there in dribs and drabs throughout, reminding and informing. I'm a fan of the lat ...more
Phoenix Reads
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 nece
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Kirkus MacGowan
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Her Name: Confederation has more of a science fiction feel than the first in the series. It is similar to the first book in that we follow Reza Gard over a period of years. I'm not sure if I'm more into the story, or if it's because Hicks gained confidence as he went on, but the writing seemed more in the scene in the second book. Probably a combination of both confidence and my enjoyment.

Gard appears in the story shortly after it begins and immediately takes control of the show. After spendi
...more
Lisa Hapney
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confederation, Book 2 of the In Her Name: Redemption trilogy has us following Reza Gard as he tries to acclimate to being human. I enjoyed the book, but didn't find it to be as gripping as Empire, the first book in the trilogy. However, it is a necessary piece in an evolving story. There's a lot of exploration of the human attachments that Reza makes and though he is still the proud and dangerous warrior that we know him to be, he is also out of his element in his dealings with his own kind shal ...more
Joe Russomanno
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I get started I want to point out that the book description is wrong. It's referring to another installment in the In Her Name series, First Contact I believe.

I think Mr. Hicks is a modern day Homer, in that he gives us an modern day Odyssey. The plot, characters and narrative are genuine. This is in my opinion a Literary masterpiece and I can think of nothing else to describe it.

Now I said masterpiece, not flawless. There were some things I found lacking in the story which, to me were n
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Erin Penn
Second book of the series and where did the aliens go? Oh there they are in the last third of the book. Mr. Hicks sometimes digresses into other side stories from the primary hero in this book; I would have like at least one of those digressions earlier in the book to include the aliens so important to the first book. Instead he switches to the standard military/political mix with no unique twists to make it his own.

I have just finished the book and it had none of the sparkle of physiological jo
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Richard Schwartz
The second book in the IN HER NAME series, CONFEDERATION, follows Reza Gard's life after he leaves the Empire. He is still very much a Kreelan when he joins a human fighter group after saving their lives from other Kreelans. He is brought to Earth where some want to kill him, experiment on him, or train him to be a Marine. As his memory returns,he remembers his human childhood and he is loyal to his new home; but many do not trust him and plot against him.

I enjoyed this novel as much as the fir
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C.p. Bialois
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Hicks’ In Her Name: Confederation is the second book in his first trilogy and continued the mythos he began in Empire. In Confederation, we continue to follow the tale of Resa Gard as he returns to the human Confederation to continue his previous life. Through intense scrutiny he succeeds in winning a place in the marines and rises to the rank of captain over the course of several years.

Reunited with Nicole, his childhood love, and a handful of others that he trusts Resa serves with hono
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Laurie Green
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Romance fans, Avatar fans
Better than the first book in the series, though EMPIRE was still engrossing in laying the necessary foundation for Reza's journey and his character. I loved the military elements and characters in book two, especially the opening. There were some big surprises in the continuing adventure and one incredibly spooky-intense scene that gave me goosebumps with its fabulous build-up.

Great conflict, mystery and world-building throughout. (I won't detail out the story here. That's what reading--and dis
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Greg
Yes, I started and finished this, not short, book in a day. Pretty much couldn't put it down.

The main character in this trilogy has reminded me of another character, and until this morning I couldn't exactly remember which one. < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas... Seafort Have you ever read the Seafort saga books by David Feintuch, especially the first ones? Then you'll find Reza somewhat familiar. Doing the "right" thing, no matter the impact to himself. Building a small circle of
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Stephanie
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Brian Rush
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone may have noted this already but the description here is of the wrong book.

In this sequel to Empire, the plot and story continue to hold interest and the characterization has improved somewhat. It's not as fast-paced and riveting in my opinion as Empire, but still above average. Reza, the main character, remains somewhat of a cypher; he's describable in a few simple phrases -- take any competent human being and raise him to be a Kreelan warrior and (if he survives) he'll be indistinguisha
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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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