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Legend Of The Sword (The Last War Trilogy, Book 2) (In Her Name) [Kindle Edition]

Michael R. Hicks
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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.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 907 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing (18 Feb. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00394DSZS
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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 continue 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 now writes novels full-time.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first one 29 Aug. 2011
    By Bob
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    I have now read all of the "In her name" books to date the next one "Dead Soul" should be coming out soon. I thought that the first "Empire" was the best with the others just not quite as good however this latest one "Legend of the Sword" is every bit as good as Empire. It is I think because there is a better balance between the Kreelans and humans with more interaction than just battles, because of this there was more time to develop characters and interrelationships, particularly between Vallentina/Scarlet & Dmitri and between Mills & Tesh-Dar. In keeping with the others this book finishes in "to be continued" mode which is a slight annoyance with the whole series, although obviously intended to be read in sequence as they are a serial rather than series and do not stand well alone this could have been helped immensely had the author included an introduction, which did not need to be long, bringing the reader up to speed if they had not read the previous one in the series.
    Despite my criticism I think this is one of the best science fiction /fantasy series that I have read in a long time and look forward to reading the next one and finding more about Tesh-Dar in "Dead Soul" which I hope will not be the last book.
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    well I have, actually, but only because of Stephen Hawking's comment in the past in terms of should there be aliens advanced enough to visit our world would we actually be safe? Or would we be better to 'keep our heads down'? Of course, Professor Hawking's dry wit lends itself to whimsy but it does present a reality where caution is paramount to survival.

    In this book's predecessor, the first book of the trilogy, First Contact, Michael Hicks presents a scenario of humans encountering an alien race and the utter destruction this event leads to for humanity. In this second book, the story continues with the aliens, the Kreelans, continuing their conquest of human space. It continues to present the complete horror of the Kreelan race and their values and develops the characters we were introduced to in the first book. The Kreelans are bound by an honour to glorify their Empress, which is marked by how they engage the human forces who come to do battle with them. The Kreelans have an ancient civilization and are cultured and also superior in attitude to other races and completely and utterly dangerous.

    This book is science fiction/fantasy genres yet presents credible accounts of military strategy of a future human race that has colonized the galaxy. It is fear provoking and moving and not for those who do not wish to imagine blood and gore, because there is plenty of this. On the other hand, it describes amazing heroics on both the opposing sides of the war and in this instance it is heart warming. Very strong female characters, in addition, who fight alongside the men in the various military disciplines facing the Kreelans.
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    It takes a lot for me to change my reading habits. I buy books for the kindle and without fail read them in the order they were downloaded, probably some form of OCD.

    So having read the first book in the series, I broke with established tradition, and immediately started to read this the second book in the series.

    The story continues the story of the Kreelan invasion of human occupied space, and spends quite a lot of time looking at the Warrior Priestess Tesh Da.

    It's another great book to read, the story of the Kreelans is expanded upon, and with both books you get the sense that you know them just a bit better, it still does not explain why they are blood crazed maniacs, but it's helps bring a powerful story together.

    The human side of things is also in good view with great stories for Sato and Marine Mills, and their strange links to the Kreelan mind. And a great character in the form of special agent Scarlet.

    So book 2 of the series finished, and yes I have already started to read book three. That will end the first series, but the first book of the follow on series is already downloaded.

    It's really unusual for me to read like this, but the books do grip you and I find that I just want to read more and get into the later books.

    Well done to the author for bringing together a compelling story, and judging by the reviews, for providing compulsive reading for us fans.

    This is one of the main reasons I like the Kindle, it's opened my reading up no end, authors I would never have heard of from browsing the bookshops are providing me with hours of enjoyment, and I thank them for it.
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    The story of the clash of two cultures continues apace. In another well crafted and delivered story, we view the continuing lives and struggles of the main characters from the first in the series, and a few new ones. However, the main character in this story is the Kreelan priestess.

    In In Her Name: First Contact the story starts to show us parts of the priestess; in this book we are treated to a concentration on her past that had its fair share of ups and downs - that we then see mirrored in In Her Name (Omnibus Edition) with Esah-Zhurah and her life.

    I congratulate the author in being able to move my sympathies to be active on 'both sides' of the battle; simply because we get to understand where the Kreelans are coming from (that does not imply that I condone their actions). I found myself in several places having to sop reading to avoid any tears (I was reading at work in my lunch-break) and thinking what it would be like if I or my family were involved.

    The introduction of Scarlet was interesting, however, I was expecting a confrontation from her with Tesh-Dar given the amount of training that she had gone through - maybe next time!

    If you have read and enjoyed any of the author's other books, then this one will not disappoint you (it would be best though to read the In Her Name books in order).

    Apparently there is to be another book to come after this one - it was due at the end of 2010, so hopefully it will be out soon.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars nice read, over to
    Fast pace, nice read, over to quickly
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story
    With parallel viewpoints and stories this is a good continuation of the story begun in in the first of the series. Well wroth a read.
    Published 1 month ago by j
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    Read part one first, but a good original read.
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    Decent sci if war storyThe last War trilogy is in a completely different style to the Empire trilogy, personally I feel this is the better read, has better pacing and less chaff
    Published 2 months ago by Paul Davies
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
    Loved the whole series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Absolutely can't recommend this enough. One of those novels that isvery hard to put down
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