First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1) - Michael R. Hicks

First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1)

By Michael R. Hicks

  • Release Date: 2010-05-31
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 224 Ratings


In the first book of the In Her Name: The Last War trilogy, 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 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.

If you’re new to the In Her Name series, here is the author’s recommended reading order:

The Last War Trilogy
— First Contact
— Legend Of The Sword
— Dead Soul

The Redemption Trilogy
— Empire
— Confederation
— Final Battle

The First Empress Trilogy
— From Chaos Born
— Forged In Flame
— Mistress Of The Ages


  • A great read !

    By Solitude please
    Thank you Michael Hicks for writing this series of novels! I’m now on book 6 and have enjoyed the universe created within its pages. For those wondering if the book is worth the time, just read it, you’ll be hooked. Great characters, concept, and plot. It will be hard to put these books down. May thy Way be long and glorious.
  • First Contact

    By Cancer43
    Very imaginable book. Engrossing What makes the aliens tic. I hope to find out in next book of this series. Recommend to all sci-fi readers. Like the authors of yesteryear
  • Everything always goes downhill

    By Psyway2hell
    Makes sense only at the beginning
  • Great book, looking forward to more

    By R4DS0N
    I'll admit it, I got this book for free while showing someone at work how easy it is to download music, books, etc on iTunes. I was bored one day, with nothing better to do, and read the first chapter on the bus. Finished the book about 8 hours later. Fantastic. Already purchased the second one and about to dive in! It's a great read, filled with great sci-fi and great military drama!
  • Even better second time

    By TexasMan39
    Yep, I have now read this book the second time. I was a klutz and forgot to move the book into my "Books I Have Read" folder. And I thought the name was familiar but read on. Occasionally I would remember some of what was going to happen but only as I was reading it. Never once did I decide to stop reading it because it grabbed hold of me again! If you have never read a book by Michael R. Hicks I encourage you to pick this one up and read it.
  • First Contact

    By In Her Name
    After just starting reading again later in life, this is one of the best books and series I've read. Being a SyFy and sword & sorcery fan this book and it's companions to come are sublime. To folks like me enjoy.
  • New to author

    By Jkat_65
    Not normally my type of book but I enjoyed it and will continue on with the series!
  • Truly Alien

    By Camel Man 77
    The alien concept the author has captured is so inhuman in thinking that I am truly amazed at the plot outcomes. Not by any means a typical alien story.
  • Masterly crafted

    By Pintorazor
    Since I first started reading science fiction at the age of ten in 1963, I have read thousands of stories and this is among the best of the genre. I hope the rest of the series are as compelling as this first book. Looking forward to reading the rest.
  • First Contact

    By Pops price
    I was expecting to see a pet cat on one of the battle ships causing the aliens to determine Earth was their origin.