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

Michael R. Hicks
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Book Description

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...


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.


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.


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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2320 KB
  • Print Length: 682 pages
  • Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC (1 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001A7X0BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,885 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This trilogy is one of those rare gems that pops out almost from nowhere and grips you hard until you have exhausted the supply of books/chapters in the series. I did not feel in the mood for a story about swords and aliens when I finally put it on my Kindle. I was then blown away within the first couple of chapters as I started to get into the story. However, the initial chapters are but a scene setter to the rest of the first book - which is by far the best of the three.

Essentially the Product Description for the Omnibus Edition, here, contains the outline for the first book. Under the first book In Her Name: Empire there is not quite so much of a description (which is a good thing) as if I were buying it as a standalone book then I would be a bit annoyed at having been given the whole story before buying it.

There are three distinct parts to the omnibus: Resa with the Kreela and setting up of the main characters; Resa and his life after the Kreela and meeting up with those from the first book; the resolution of the war between the Kreela and humans.

I found that within Book1 and as a story in itself, it hung together really well, and my reading 'sympathy' went always with Resa. However, his loyalties in the first book changed as he understood the way of the Kreela and lived among them for many years. But I had to question myself about how as an observer I felt about these changes of loyalty - while I agreed with them in the book; would I feel the same way to the race that had killed my parents?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not want i expected 8 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This turned out to be a great journey of discovering compasion, love and friendship.

Reza life is turned upside down by the alien who destory his world. The only thing he know is that he has to survive. When he is giving to Esah-Zhurah as a slave he trys to prove that he is so much more that a mere animal.

Slow Esah-Zhurah is stunned by her animal and as they grow together and he opens upto her before he takes the challenge she discovers that she actually love him. To save him she risks her one express how much they grow and learn to love each other.... Everthing ends when Reza informs the empress he can not destroy his fellow humans as he can not. As he is seperate from his soul mate he goes back to his own kind to be hated as a half breed.

I would have love to have read more about Esah-Zhurah feeling as she is torn away from the only person she has every loved.... Reza feeling for her never change and his seperation totally make you feel his pain.

Written beautifully....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading Margaret Lake's recommendation on the forum, I decided to try out In Her Name, and accidentally bought the Omnibus rather than the three single books - but actually that just saved me a couple of transactions later on as I would definitely have wanted to buy all three.

The first book explores the retraining of a human boy captured by the Kreelans, a race of warrior females whose males are little more than creatures that mate once and die. They consider Reza, the protagonist, an animal who has no soul and he must prove himself first to Esah-Zhurah, the warrior with whom he has been paired, and then to the rest of the Kreelan race. This book is superb; there is no sense that the Kreelans are badly-disguised humans, as there is in some sci-fi; their priorities and way of thinking are very "other", and the description of their world is intriguing and beautiful. I started off thinking that the book was what I had hoped Avatar would be (and wasn't), but actually that's not fair as IHN is tremendous in its own right and has its own distinct identity, so the similarity is purely cosmetic.

***I should warn you that talking about subsequent books will by definition give away a couple of plot-points from the first, so if you don't want to know, don't read on!***

The second book covers Reza's re-introduction into humanity, to whom he seems shockingly Kreelan and is viewed with massive suspicion given that they are in the middle of a war with the Kreelans. This book had some interesting things to say about being an outsider and the ways in which people strive for superiority; it also contrasts the mores and priorities of humankind to those adopted by Reza in his Kreelan upbringing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't read sci-fi 30 Aug. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
No, I don't read sci-fi. I read In Her Name because it was recommended to me at a time when I wanted to read something different. The book has been described as sci-fi, epic fantasy, and romance. It is all of those things and more.

In Her Name is the story of Reza Gard, beginning with the battle that cost the lives of his parents and brought him in contact with a Kreelan high priestess. The seven-year old lashes out at the Kreelan with a knife and scars her. For some reason, the priestess does not immediately kill him, but inflicts a matching scar on his face with her talons. This is just one in a series of incidents that marks Reza's progression toward manhood and his ultimate purpose.

Mr. Hicks builds the story layer by layer, and each layer has a meaning of its own and relates to the next layer. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Mr. Hicks added on another layer and another surprise.

In Her Name kept me fascinated into the wee hours of the morning. I really don't understand why this book wasn't picked up by a major publisher. Thanks goodness indie authors like Mr. Hicks now have the means to reach a wide audience. Do yourself a favor. Become part of that audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action all the way
Loved this book, full throttle all the way.Great baddies and plenty of action,just my mind of read,not for the fainthearted
Published 3 months ago by elizabeth mann
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy
The author goes to great lengths setting the scene and building expectation only to be lost in the next chapter when the story jumps several years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MRS L.E.SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend this even if you are not a sci-fi fan
This is a very different storyline with not a few twists and turns. Very readable, and it does leave you with the urge to read more to find out how it all developes . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barnacle Broise
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books you can't put down until it ...
One of those books you can't put down until it is finished, and then on to the next in the series.
Published 4 months ago by Ken Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good simple read
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read though it is essential to have read the earlier books of 'In Her Name'.
Published 9 months ago by T Boardman
4.0 out of 5 stars Stayed up until 1:30am to finish this
Great story, I really enjoyed it. Began to get very frustrated with a particular characters ability to avoid their demise. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Backler
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK when it gets going
Published 11 months ago by GARY WOODALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you and does not let go
I have now read six of Mr hicks books in a little over a week. Not the type of book to win literary prizes but a superbly enjoyable read
Published 11 months ago by John O
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written with good ideas.
I enjoyed these books enough to read the whole series. Generally well written with good English. Some plot points a little stretched but overall good ideas well executed.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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