First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1)

Rated 4.60/5 based on 10 reviews
Young Midshipman Ichiro Sato joined the Terran Navy to escape a tyrannical father and find freedom among the stars. He had no idea when he boarded the survey starship Aurora for his first assignment that he and his crew would make humanity’s first contact with a sentient alien species. Little did he know that this fateful encounter would trigger a catastrophic galactic war... More
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About Michael R. Hicks

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 Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, and David Weber to S.M. Stirling. Living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he is now living his dream of writing full time.

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Nicholas T. Mustelin reviewed on Feb. 3, 2015

'First Contact' is a splendid SF novel. 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
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odp666 reviewed on Oct. 8, 2014

One of the best sci-fi books that I have had the pleasure to read in a long time.
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Sean Coley reviewed on Sep. 2, 2014

This book belongs on Baen.com. 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...like I said I love David Weber but man..I will be purchasing the rest..Thank you Mr. Hicks.
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catghost reviewed on May 12, 2013

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.
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Jim Angel reviewed on Feb. 2, 2013
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Absolutely brilliant. The characters are well defined, rich in background and the heroes are likeable and the villains are despicable. Having read the entire series, I would suggest starting with First Contact and work your way through the series...you won't regret it. My only disappointment was that it ended.
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Whistler reviewed on Dec. 20, 2012

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... almost 5 stars. "Well it had to be good" i thought to myself. And here i am, 2 days later..just as i finished First Contact. 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 :)
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Dennis Foxon reviewed on Aug. 26, 2012

Classic military sci-fi. 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.
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urbane707 reviewed on Aug. 9, 2012

If you start reading this book be prepared to also buy the rest of the series, because it's that awesome. It's a tearjerker with action and a hell of a read!
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K.B. Mason reviewed on June 20, 2012

Thia was the first of Michael Hicks' books that I have read. I have not yet purchased any books here on Smashwords because what is available for free has kept me more than occupied. That is all about to change. I will certainly be buying some, and quite likely all, of the books in this series. Beyond the 'U.S.-centric' theme that humanity is presented in, the unending plight of man to seperate themselves by race, religion and nationality has finally brought about their downfall as they get their xenophobic wish and find seperate worlds to live on. The threat of extinction as a species comes from the age-old enemy of alien civilization however one cannot call them evil nor find absolute fault with their absolute solution. How is man any different or better than this enemy? This question is neither asked nor answered in this story, but what is clear is that honor is a universal constant ... at least in the universe created here.
Well written and impossible to put down!
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Richard Adin reviewed on June 22, 2011

Although written as if the United States' political system morphed into the dominant political system of the future, the characterizations of the politicians seems universal. An excellent prequel to the Empire-Confederation-Last Battle trilogy. Well-written and definitely one of the best fantasy series I have read in a long time. Well-worth the price.
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