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The Last War (In Her Name Book 4) (English Edition) par [Hicks, Michael R.]
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This is a collection of the In Her Name: The Last War trilogy, and includes the complete text of First Contact, Legend Of The Sword, and Dead Soul in a single volume.


The Terran survey ship Aurora makes a startling discovery in an uncharted star system: two planets inhabited by an advanced, and decidedly unfriendly, non-human civilization. Disabled by gigantic alien warships before it can escape, the Aurora is boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs who slaughter the crew in ritual combat using primitive weapons. The sole survivor, Midshipman Ichiro Sato, is returned to Earth as a messenger bearing a device that warns of an impending attack.

For that is the way of the Kreelan Empire, which has waged war against countless civilizations across the stars in its quest for a savior, one not of their own blood, foretold in an ages-old prophecy. With only a few generations left before their ancient species faces extinction, the Kreelans will wage their last war against humanity, hoping against hope for redemption of sins long past.


As Earth and the other worlds of the Confederation bind their wounds after the disastrous first battle with the alien Kreelan Empire, Ichiro Sato finds himself in command of the heavy cruiser Yura. His ship is one of many in the task force sailing for the renegade planet of Saint Petersburg, which Confederation intelligence sources believe has not only secretly built a fleet of warships to attack the Confederation, but has armed its ships with nuclear weapons, which have been outlawed in the human sphere for centuries.

Drawn into a deadly trap, the Confederation fleet and its Marines are fighting for their lives when Kreelan warships, led by the enigmatic warrior priestess Tesh-Dar, materialize out of hyperspace. As Tesh-Dar and her warriors wreak havoc on the humans, Ichiro, former Legionnaire Roland Mills, and a Confederation spy known as Scarlet, are faced with desperate choices from which they learn the true meaning of sacrifice.


Three years after the brutal first contact encounter with the alien Kreelan Empire, the Confederation is desperate for a victory. With over a dozen worlds under siege by legions of Kreelan warriors, President McKenna orders her military leaders to deliver a victory, no matter the cost, to give humanity hope.

Ichiro Sato, his wife Steph, Roland Mills, Scarlet, and the irrepressible General James Sparks are once again at the sharp end of the spear in a mission to take back the colony of Alger’s World from the alien invaders before the Kreelans have exterminated the human population.

But overwhelming firepower may not be enough. For leading the Kreelans is Ku’ar-Marekh, a warrior priestess who is feared even among her own kind. With her spirit trapped between life and death, drawn to war from a lonely sojourn among distant stars, she is known as the Dead Soul…

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HASH(0x8d1dae58) étoiles sur 5 Holy Smokes! 24 décembre 2012
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Do not start this trilogy three day before Christmas.
Shopping will not get done.
Presents will not get wrapped.
House will not get cleaned.
You will NOT be ready!

Don't ask me how I know.
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HASH(0x8d876080) étoiles sur 5 Worth your time 7 janvier 2013
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I have just completed the six books in the first two-thirds of Michael Hicks's "In Her Name" series. Although I have a couple of the single editions, I am basing these comments on the two omnibus editions: "The Last War" and "Redemption". "The Last War" consists of "First Contact", "Legend of the Sword", and "Dead Soul". "Redemption" consists of "Empire", Confederation", and "Final Battle".

I love the fact that just about anyone can publish an ebook these days. Anyone with a story to tell has the opportunity to get it out there for the general public to read. As an avid reader, I have come across some very intelligent and well thought out tales! I have also come across some terrible ones. The problems come in when the writer lacks either the talent or the discipline to tell the tale coherently and in a way that captivates the reader. Some of the stories I have come across recently were interesting but written so poorly that getting through the initial novel was a chore...and you can imagine how much I wanted to continue following the story after such an experience. One of the current ways authors get new readers is to give the first novel in a series away for free. I will usually pick up any free book offered and read them once I get around to it. Such was the case with Mr Hicks's "First Contact" and "Empire". I had downloaded both and they had been sitting around waiting for me to get to them for months...I am kind of sorry I waited so long.

OK, before I go any further, let me state upfront that these books are a good read and well worth the very reasonable price being asked for them. Out of five stars, I give them a solid four. With that said, there are some flaws that (armchair QuarterBack that I am) I will point out. For the record, it is fear of jerks like me picking apart the hard work of respectable authors like Mr Hicks that has kept me from publishing my first novel...go figure. :-)

I read the books in chronological order rather that the order in which they were published. I generally recommend that books be read in the order of publication, as reading a "prequel" (where the author usually provides better, more developed information about events and concepts) sometimes makes the story harder to follow. Such was this case with these books. I did not follow my own advice this time simply because I was not clear on what the actual order was... I wish that I had started with "Redemption", it would have made for a better experience.

"Redemption" was an good read, but you could tell that it was an earlier work. As far as a plot goes, think Hubbard's "Battlefield Earth" and you will have the general idea. A resourceful and highly intelligent human is raised and taught by a highly advanced and war like alien race. Human eventually becomes the baddest being alive and saves friends and world......been there done that. However, to call this a clone of "Battlefield Earth" would be wrong. There is a lot of original thought in this story and for the most part, not as predictable as you might expect. One of the things that bothered me while reading this was that it was obvious that the sections were written at different times (i.e. the flow just wasn't always there). I saw this in things like the way certain events were described at different times. Often they would differ slightly...even when presented by the characters who were involved in the original incident. While the differences were always minor, they would give just a hint of discord in the flow of the story....kind of like picking up a splinter when running your hand down a wooden railing. The other thing that bothered me were the inconsistencies that kept popping up throughout the book. For example the claw colors for the alien Kreelan warriors kept flip-flopping. At one point a certain character would have black claws and later they would be silver...then later again black. Maddening. Another example can be seen in the military one point one of the secondary characters was described as a Marine First Sergeant. In latter descriptions he was a Gunnery Sergeant. In the modern military, a First Sergeant is pay grade E8 while a Gunnery Sergeant is pay grade E6. Granted that there may have been a different rank structure in the authors world, but I didn't get that from reading the story. In fact, at times it seemed that the author didn't really understand much more than the basics about military culture and how ranks interact. Interactions between ranks often felt forced and artificial.
The last third of the book "Final Battle" was by far the worst part of the story. From the vary first it seemed rushed and less well thought out than the rest of the books. Too many things happened too quickly and conveniently for my was clear the author had an agenda and nothing was going to derail it! I have to admit he did get there in the end....

"The Last War" was a much smoother ride of the two trilogies, and by far my favorite. In this book, we get the story about how the Kreelan war started in the first place. Mr. Hicks did a great job of painting a picture of humanities' first contact with an advanced sentient species. He also did a much better job of keeping things flowing and development of the characters was first rate. I could identify with the charaters and often found myself either cheering them on or sympathizing with mean feat! Unfortunately, the inconsistencies, although much reduced, showed up here as well. (The claws again, dammit!) It was interesting to see how much Mr. Hicks's writing style (and ability?) had matured in this set of books.

To date I have read one other of Mr.Hicks's works..."Season of the Harvest". In this one the author takes on one of the most overused themes in SciFi...Alien invasion (the other is Zombies!). Surprisingly he does it in a very readable and interesting fashion. I am unsure where this book falls in terms of when it was written, but judging by how well it was done, I would guess after the "Redemption" books.

Overall, I can only recommend Mr. Hicks's work...while there are some minor flaws, the overall story and the intelligent way they are presented are very good indeed. I found my copies in the Kindle store on, but I think they are in the iTunes bookstore as well.
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HASH(0x8d2f299c) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Sci-Fi saga 7 août 2012
Par JonnyTP - Publié sur
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Michael Hicks is one of the many excellent authors I have "discovered" through the magic of my Kindle. This trilogy was well written, fast moving and marvelously creative. I especially like Hicks' use of portraying key events through
different character's perspective. I am anxious to start his Empire Trilogy and I hope it is as entertaining and thought provoking as "The Last War". I proclaim this book a "Value Read". You will not be disappointed.
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HASH(0x8d4f4f48) étoiles sur 5 Amazons with Blue Skin 21 décembre 2012
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I like how the author kept the aliens mysterious, giving just enough information to flesh them out. This kept the focus on the human side of the war and how we humans may react to something we just don't understand. In most stories of human versus alien most authors attribute human emotions or motivations to aliens. While some of that was done here it was mostly something we just couldn't understand.
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HASH(0x8f29a4e0) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Space Adventure 26 janvier 2012
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This book is a great read. Will keep you going to the end. I would recommend reading this before reading the Empire trilogy, just for a time sense and mystery. The characters are well established and everything has enough believability and background info to keep the readers interested.
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