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Redemption (In Her Name Book 8) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Michael R. Hicks
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This trilogy collection contains the complete text of the first three novels of the bestselling In Her Name science fiction & fantasy saga: Empire, Confederation, and Final Battle...

EMPIRE

This is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

CONFEDERATION

Banished from the Kreelan Empire, Reza 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. With their help, he fulfills his childhood dream of becoming a Confederation Marine. Reza will need all the help he can get, for dark forces are at work at the heart of the Confederation, and Reza becomes a pawn in a lethal power struggle that leads him back to the planet Erlang. There, a heartbreaking reunion awaits him, along with the discovery of an ages-old power that the Kreelan Empire will stop at nothing to control.

FINAL BATTLE

Reza 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. When Reza and Jodi are taken prisoner 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.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Mowgli chez ET 27 juin 2011
Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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« In her Name : Empire » est le premier roman de ce qui était annoncé comme une trilogie et qui semble, d'après ce que je peux voir sur Amazon, être finalement au moins une pentatologie (5 tomes publiés à ce jour).

Ce premier roman de Michael C. Hicks, abondamment commenté sur Amazon.com, ressemble au début à un bon vieux SF comme écrit il y a 20 ans. L'auteur dépeint un futur lointain où les terriens ont colonisé de nombreuses planètes. Les parents du héros, Reza, se font tuer sous ses yeux. La tuerie a été organisée par les ennemis jurés des humains, les Kreelan, grandes costaudes (oui, il n'y a que des femelles) à la peau bleue, aux yeux de félin/de reptile, à la longue chevelure (c'est très important), avec des crocs proéminents et des griffes à la place des ongles. On ne rigole pas, merci.

Accueilli dans un orphelinat intergalactique qui ressemble à un bagne (une planète rien que pour cela si j'ai bien compris, même si elle n'est peut-être qu'un caillou minuscule ou une planète désertique, car il ne semble pas y avoir beaucoup d'enfants), Reza va se faire enlever par les Kreelan et va être élevé par eux.

C'est cette idée de « Mowgli chez les extra-terrestres » qui m'a séduite. Et ce sont les pages que j'ai, et de loin, préférées dans l'histoire. Le reste est un peu maladroit et mal abouti.

L'introduction m'a semblée brouillonne et confuse : elle dépeint le moment où les parents de Reza sont tués.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Characters You Care About, Action You Can Feel 12 mai 2008
Par Bufo Calvin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
In Her Name is a superior science ficton novel, with intimate insight into its characters' thoughts and feelings, a fully realized alien culture, sweeping space battles, and fierce hand to claw combat.

Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs may feel at home in the first part of the book. It features a blue-skinned race of alien female warriors and a lone boy who grows up with them, learning to fight as they do. In the process he becomes both more and less than human. It seems a bit like a cross between Tarzan and Barsoom.

But this is not your grandfather's pulp fiction. It is a complex (but clearly structured) tale that takes us through the life of Reza Gard. From his struggles on an orphanage planet to his capture and assimilation into the Kreelan race, to political twists and turns as his native and adopted races clash, the book grows along with him from adventure story to military science fiction, but never forgets to let us relate to the rich array of characters he meets. This is 21st century sci fi, with questions of personal identity and how one relates with the universe integrated with bloody combat.

Readers of the old pulps would also be surprised at the number of strong female characters. Although like everything else in the book, we know them primarily through their connections with Reza, they stand on their own as interesting people.

One word of warning: if this was a movie, it would be rated R. Not all readers will be comfortable with the harshness, the language, and the explicit nature of some of the plot elements. Those that are will see that they are a legitimate part of the drama, but others may find them distasteful.

Overall, this is a great example of the self-publishing that Amazon's Kindle enables. It's hard for any book to work its way through the traditional process that gets a paperback in your local store. Hopefully, one of the traditional publishers will become aware of the book here and release it to the (currently) much wider audience it deserves. For this reader, though, the Kindle was perfect for an epic that would otherwise be quite bulky.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very engrossing and not to be put down 14 septembre 2008
Par Liviu C. Suciu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel is a mixture of military space opera and epic fantasy that works very well.

Structurally the book is split in several parts that follow the main character Reza Gard from a very young boy in a middle of a brutal war with terrifying alien invaders to the fulfillment of his extraordinary destiny years later.

The roughly 6 main parts are quite distinct in character, ranging from plucky exploited orphans fighting back against their corrupt "guardians" to epic fantasy with prophecies, blood curses, spirits, coming of age as an warrior in a society that practices combat as sport, to hard core military sf, political and military space opera and much more

It seems an odd mixture and the transitions are disconcerting for a while - you think you have it figured out and suddenly there is a left turn in the book - but it works for two main reasons.

First - the author' style is very engaging - even emotional if you want - which makes you keep turning page after page to find out what happens next and lets you live the book.

Second - the main character Reza Gard human by birth, alien by upbringing, who struggles to straddle two mutually incompatible societies, a scientific, more or less democratic and individualistic human one, and a fantasy like - if you want in the sense of sufficiently superior technology will seem like magic - which is communal, blood bonded, hierarchic, based on honor and place.

While the main villains are a bit cartoonish, most secondary characters are very well drawn and the style of the book, the intensity of Reza's struggles to allow both societies to survive somehow despite their mutual incompatibility make this an excellent book and a big positive surprise for me.

The ending is very well done bringing together all the threads of the novel and the seemingly insoluble problem of co-existence finds a fitting resolution.

Highly, highly recommended
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not easily pegged 30 décembre 2008
Par Steph - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
In Her Name is a book that isn't easily pegged. It's got your basic Fantasy/SciFi elements, with portions taking place on other worlds; it has a futuristic element, being set in a non-current time period; it's a romance between two strong characters from different lands; it even manages to be somewhat "current" in feel, since even with the futuristic element it's still based on Earth-based humanity as one aspect (though a future Earth that's much different, with space travel and other planets that have been settled). It's got warriors and lovers, good guys and bad guys, evil deeds and deeds of redemption.

How do I peg such a book into any one simple definition or genre? I can't.

All I know is that a couple of weeks after finishing the book, I'm still having thoughts about it and the characters I met within its pages. It's taken me this long to decide how I could put those thoughts into words. Most books I finish and have a general feel of "I'm done, and I liked it well enough/okay/not at all" and I've forgotten all but the basics a week later; but this one doesn't quantify itself quite so easily.

And to me, that's the mark of a pretty darn good book.

Highly recommended.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Recommended - as long as you stop reading when... 20 mai 2011
Par Kevin Stokes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed In Her Name quite a bit. The beginning is kind of unpleasant, and then it looks like we are going to be treated to a coming of age in wartime story.

But then the story takes a dramatic turn and it gets really good, and was difficult to put down. By far the best of the book is where Reza makes the transition from animal to warrior. The meeting with Jodi is good also. Had the book continued on at this quality level I would have given it 5 stars, especially considering the author is not a mainstream established one.

Unfortunately, the 2nd half the book seems to lose its way. None of the new characters in the political power struggle are interesting. The good guys are all uniformly perfect of heart and un-conflicted, and the bad guys are similarly uninteresting characters.

I was expecting a very interesting time of Reza attempting to deal with human society from his unique perspective. What a novel it could have been, had Reza's experience resulted in two species learning to understand each other.

But instead, it veers off on this silly political adventure which has poor characters, a poor plot, and in parts are poorly written. Reza is now just a vanilla good guy and not the fearsome uncompromising force I expected him to be.

I heartily recommend that you buy this book, but make sure you stop reading once Jodi and Reza head back towards Earth. Then you will have read a very imaginative and interesting book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent entertainment 12 février 2009
Par Al Past - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Michael R. Hicks' In Her Name is a monster of a paperback and an absolute steal for the price. (It's also available in Amazon's Kindle edition at a budget price.) I estimate In Her Name to be at least two pounds of solid entertainment.
In Her Name features a galaxy-wide war of vast dimensions between humans and a race of reptilian warrior bipeds who are ferocious and merciless fighters. (Think of Whorf, the Klingon, or the samurai warriors of Japan.) One of these warriors notices a human child survivor during the aftermath of a battle which human forces lose. For reasons that need not be gone into, the warrior remembers this child, and he is later kidnapped from an orphanage and enrolled in warrior training on the alien world (to see if he has a soul, actually). The child thrives after a difficult start, becoming completely acculturated to the alien society. Eventually, however, the child, Reza Gard, cannot stay with the alien race and must return to human society, where he likewise thrives...up to a point. After all, who would trust a person who has gone over to an enemy no one understands?
The galactic war builds to a final conclusion, where Reza finds his fate is to be the culmination of the fate of his people--but which people?
I won't spoil the tale with further details, but what I liked best about the book was the author's complete and convincing rendering of a non-human culture, to the point that the reader comes to understand and respect it, even honor it--even root for it! That is no mean feat of imagination, and it makes what could have been a purple-prose space opera into a delightful recreation.
Another feature that makes the book a great read is the style in which it is written: it is clear, elegant, and serves the story. When one is describing, let's say, the code of an alien warrior race or the feelings of attraction of a human for one of the saurians, it would be easy for the prose to become an overwrought, technicolor mishmash of hyperbole. But Mr. Hicks has a sure hand with this. Even when describing something totally fantastic, it is done so smoothly and gracefully that one accepts it at face value: the willing suspension of disbelief is alive and well in this novel.
A third positive feature that absolutely needs to be mentioned is the immaculate editing. The text reads as cleanly as any you will find, better, in fact, than most traditionally-published efforts.
The bottom line is that In Her Name is highly recommended to those who love the sci-fi/fantasy genres, or are even tempted to try them. There is little profanity but some gore, so perhaps the very young might hold off (though the movies they see are far, far worse).
Al Past, author of the popular Distant Cousin novels, reviews for PODBRAM.
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