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First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1). By Michael R. Hicks. Rated /5 based on 10 reviews. Young Midshipman Ichiro Sato joined the Terran.
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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 I wanted to like this book.

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The aliens are a violent matriarchal society who seem to get their only enjoyment through physical combat. They have confusing and powerful telepathic powers, can communicate and travel over vast distances, are far superior to humans, yet are unable to communicate with or understand humans - I don't get it.

The story follows initial contact and annihilation of an exploratory human crew except for one messenger. The messenger then gains a sacredness with the aliens which makes him safe from further harm. The messenger brings warning back to humans. There is some preparation for battle, then a war on one of the human planets.

The aliens 'dumb-down' their fighting capabilities to even the odds and then proceed with a very bloody war with heavy casualties on both sides. Of course the key half-dozen humans being followed in the story miraculously heavy on the miracles manage to survive. Author Michael Hicks spends a good portion of the book repeatedly explaining each character's emotions, rather than writing a good, tight story and letting the reader figure that out.

There is a rather silly love story interwoven into the story. As other reviewers have noted, Mr. Hicks likes to use asides extensively, which slow the story to a crawl. The dialog is just silly at times and unnecessarily heavy on expletives. And there's just too many things wrong or illogical to make this book good science fiction. Can't recommend this one. Jun 24, Matt rated it it was ok. 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 2. It's dreadfully, dreadfully over written, although the writing is clear and mechanically sound and vivid, it just didn't keep my attention. This novel is going to be perfect for space-opera lovers who care about well-written detail just for the sake of it; invading alien race history and their culture; human political response globally and by country -- the best part, IMHO ; and action for action lovers.

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I just don't care for it my books. I suppose I'm spoiled on TV and movies, becasue I'd rather watch it than read it. It just goes on forever, even though it's rollicking and thrums with urgency, it just, ahhh! I just prefer character stories in my sci-fi -- and world-building.

This novel had tons of narrative summaries. A little telling is fine. I'm gonna say I'm not the right reader for this sub-genre or style.

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I'll take speculative science-fiction rooted in reality over fantasy space alien operas, I guess. Mar 01, Josh added it Shelves: 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 What I didn't like was the books felt a little This whole series focuses on the conflict between aliens and humans.

What I didn't like was the books felt a little "twightlightish" to me as far as the romance goes between human and alien. Aspects of the relationship were really improbable to me within the context the author set up. Another problem is some points got repeated over and over again. Not in a preachy way but sometimes I felt like "Okay I get it".

This review is for the series as a whole and not this individual book. Oct 18, Ann rated it it was amazing. 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 ready to inhabit this future universe to the end. I came to the book at not quite the end of Outlander sounding like a Scot. I am not sure what this series will leave me with, but I am excited to find out. Aug 07, 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 A funny thing happened on the way to the space opera A very interesting aspect of this story is that despite the battles, destruction, blood, and guts freely spilled throughout its pages, there are no real "bad guys" to be seen anywhere. It makes you think Apr 09, Cian Goggin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even thought it was only pages it felt like it was a book of over 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 An amazing novel!! I gave it 5 stars and really feel that It is worth the 5. Dec 18, Richard Valle rated it liked it. As the book went on it was interesting to see how the aliens developed and it became a 4 really liked it.

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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 more to see where the story goes. Apr 15, Lee Guo rated it it was amazing. God dam good God dam good everything damn it. A little too much worthiness. Damn good situation all sequences.

Just God damn good ending. Nov 19, 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. Oct 12, TJ 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. Though the alien cha This is a weird plot, I must say.

Though the alien characters show more respect worthy qualities in them than us humans. They live for honor. They die for respect. They are portrayed more honorable than humans. They are portrayed as super advanced yet, their nature is more primitive than humans. They see a worthy enemy and equal their playfield, just to have an honorable fight. I have revealed enough spoilers, but had to. This story is twisted but its very enchanting.

Once you start, you won't be able to stop until the book is over. This story has an intriguing plot. I'm already on to the next one, cause a lot is not clear to me and I hope the next book will clear my concepts. May 26, R. Weber rated it it was amazing. Hicks has, however, done the near impossible producing a thrilling, exciting novel that holds your attention throughout. It is always difficult to come up with a credible way for the human race to stand a chance against an alien race with vastly superior technology, however, the author has played a blinder by coming up with a simple but startling effective concept to explain how this might be possible - I won't spoil it by explaining how, just read it for yourself.

The characters are well rounded throughout and the action pretty much never lets up, and by the end, you feel exhausted as though you've been dragged through the war yourself. The are many more books in this series and I'm really looking forward to read them soon. Aug 19, Scooby Doo rated it liked it. I don't really go for military sci-fi which is what this turned out to be. I was interested in the "first contact" premise and the opening chapters fit the bill. But then it turned into a long military campaign fighting the aliens.

Usually mil sci-fi has too much testosterone and macho characters but this had enough women and other interesting characters to not go over the top. The "science" part of the sci-fi was really weak with numerous implausibilities. The aliens supernatural powers didn't fit the "sci-fi" theme. The romance subplot was horribly written and totally cheeseball. But the action scenes kept me reading. The unique theme of this book was an alien civilization with advanced technology who preferred to battle with swords in one-on-one fights because of "honor".

Although the alien POV became extremely repetitive and tiring repeating the "die for the Empress with honor" until I was about to cry. Feb 28, Adam Windsor rated it liked it Shelves: Humanity runs into an intelligent alien species for the first time, and wouldn't you know it, but it's a massively more advanced and seemingly genocidal race of blue warrior women, though for narratively convenient reasons said aliens eschew the use of their superior technology in warfare, preferring if at all possible to stab you with a sharp piece of metal.

Which gives the humans at least a chance at survival. The writing is a bit clumsy at times, especially in the early chapters, but around th Humanity runs into an intelligent alien species for the first time, and wouldn't you know it, but it's a massively more advanced and seemingly genocidal race of blue warrior women, though for narratively convenient reasons said aliens eschew the use of their superior technology in warfare, preferring if at all possible to stab you with a sharp piece of metal. The writing is a bit clumsy at times, especially in the early chapters, but around the end of the first act I felt the pace picked up quite well and led to a readable if not exactly deep bit of MilSF.

Jun 25, Michael Juschke rated it liked it. I've been going back and forth about rating this three or four stars, but decided on three. The book is a good space opera with a lot of fighting, high stakes, and good culture building, especially for the aliens. And in that respect I enjoyed it. But being the first in a series, and given the insights we get from the aliens, the ending is quite predictable from a fair way off. So at that point it comes down to the characters. Am I rooting for them to make it out alive? For me the answer was No. N I've been going back and forth about rating this three or four stars, but decided on three.

None of them grabbed me enough to care if they lived or died. Which is why in the end I decided on three stars. Oct 19, Tales Untangled rated it did not like it. Here is a DNF did not finish review.


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I had received this book for free. I decided to read it based on others' review, which were overwhelmingly positive. When I dread having to open up a book, that is not a good sign. Here are my top reasons for not finishing the book a prequel to the series: I was bored reading it. The first climax is at the beginning of the book where the aliens take over and destroy the Aurora. So far, the rest of Here is a DNF did not finish review. So far, the rest of the book has been about To read the full review and get other recommendations go to www.

May 20, 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.


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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 This is book 1 of a 9 book series. It's free too so what's not to like? Nov 18, Paul rated it really liked it. Not a bad read. There are a few odd things about this book but overall it is pretty entertaining. The good guys and gals are a little too good to be true and the incompetent are a little too dumb.

The alien cats are a little hard to swallow - with their strong sense of chivalry and fair play but happy to literally put everyone else to the sword. But the action scenes are good and not too over the top and apart from a few parts that generate a little too much disbelief is an enjoyable page-turni Not a bad read. But the action scenes are good and not too over the top and apart from a few parts that generate a little too much disbelief is an enjoyable page-turning read. Aug 29, Robin Clemons rated it it was amazing.

Sometimes hard to follow This first book, in a series that I definitely want to read, was certainly enthralling even if it was difficult to follow at times. The rise of a midshipman to a ship's commander was absolutely astounding and very believable. I would definitely recommend this book series to anyone interested in star travel and exploration. Although this was a fictional story we do not know what lies beyond our universe! Hicks 1 2 Jan 27, I read it the first time in one sitting. I enjoyed every page. My favorite aspects of the book were the alien space ships, their technology and mentality, especially the way Michael R.

Hicks describes these from both a human and alien perspective. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy! Now where the heck did I put my credit card Nicholas Mustelin review of free book. One of the best sci-fi books that I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. Sean Coley on Sep. This book belongs on Baen.

I see David Webers influence but it so stands on it's own. The nod to Tank Girl really got me and when her father picked up the sabre I did shed a tear. The one thing I love that you didnt do is tell me how many missiles, how many pen-aids, effects of ECM and ECCM, and eventually how many missiles made it to the target I will be purchasing the rest..

I would have given this book five stars, except for the way the viewpoint keep switching around. Something that I am personally not keen on, especially when it includes the antagonists. However this book managed to do this well enough not to spoil my enjoyment. As this is the first book I have read in the "In Her Name" series, I had no pre-conceived ideas about the universe and was able to enjoy the book for itself.

I particularly like aliens who had their won motivation and are not just humans in costumes. Jim Angel on Feb. The characters are well defined, rich in background and the heroes are likeable and the villains are despicable.

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Having read the entire series, I would suggest starting with First Contact and work your way through the series My only disappointment was that it ended. To be honest i haven't read anything besides some short stories since Hyperion. So i figured i might want to read some sci-fi book. It's been a while. Decided to download kindle from Google Play. Browsed free sci-fi books. And there it was And here i am, 2 days later.. I know it's not much of a review, but to be honest i don't think i can put it into words. Well, it is suffice to say that i already bought the sequel before finishing the first book.

Thanks for such a great book: Dennis Foxon on Aug. Yes it does have the usual US centric language but it is much less jarring in this book than in many of the genre I have read. And for once, the aliens are really quite alien and interesting. If you start reading this book be prepared to also buy the rest of the series, because it's that awesome.

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