I bought "First Contact" for a holiday read on the sun drenched beaches of Cyprus, liked it so much that I immediately bought 'Legend of The Sword" and read that even faster. I am now on my 4th Michael Hicks novel and love the style, pace and story line. A common criticism of the books after the first is that there is sometimes too much descriptive and there is also repetition of aspects of the characters background and history, but I guess that reflects a need for each book to be stand alone as well as a component in a long, developing story line. a cracking good read and totally absorbing.
I've almost started liking the Kreelans, despite the fact that they are systematically exterminating humanity!