Michael R. Hicks
- Title: First Contact
- Author: Michael R. Hicks
- ISBN: null
- Page: 232
- Format: Kindle Edition
Terran survey ship Aurora finds two habitable planets in an uncharted star system But Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien warships and boarded by blue skin females with fangs and claws The warriors slaughter the crew in ritual one on one combat The sole survivor is returned to Earth This Messenger bears a real time globe device that counts down to an impending attack.Terran survey ship Aurora finds two habitable planets in an uncharted star system But Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien warships and boarded by blue skin females with fangs and claws The warriors slaughter the crew in ritual one on one combat The sole survivor is returned to Earth This Messenger bears a real time globe device that counts down to an impending attack That is the way of the Kreelan Empire For centuries before man have they waged war, seeking a prophesied savior Soon to be extinct, the ancient species wages their last war, hoping for redemption of sins long past.
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**book review and giveaway**TBR Reviewer: B.H (Brutally honest)I love science fiction and the cover instantly grabbed my attention. I really had high hopes for this book, the plot sounded full of adventure and as I said I love Sci Fi. The beginning is primarily introductions and it is slow moving. Mr. Hicks would have been better off cutting it short or getting right into the action of the ‘first contact’ which turns out to be a slaughter. The fight is constantly interrupted by flashbacks ab [...]
I am not sure it is really worth 4 or 3.5 stars, I will give it 4. I liked the book. Humans make a first contact with a race whose sole purpose of existence is to prove their superiority by wiping off all other life forms. I am simplifying things, but that is the general idea. Oh, and they have much superior technology. Can humans survive? The book has epic (and I do mean - epic) battles: in space and on planets. I really need to mention here the description and tension of space battles were amo [...]
As the title of the book suggests, the action of "First Contact" is centered on the first encounter between humans and kreelans. And so, it is expected to have more battle scenes than the original series, and also to focus on the humans rather on the kreelans. This doesn't mean the kreelans are ignored we get more inside of their culture, "social organization", as well as their level of development. Also, we get to know better Tesh-Dar, the high priestess, to understand her powers and, by exten [...]
This was a prequel to the series In Her Name: Empire. While it set the tone and background for the human and Kreelan war in the Empire trilogy, most of it was very technical and I found myself skipping through the pages of techo-babble because it was beyond my interest and ability to understand. I found myself reading on though to try to understand the Kreelans but I seem to feel a bitter aftertaste for them when I was done with First Contact. I felt as if the Kreelans are a very self-centered r [...]
I read the In Her Name trilogy last year and considered it one of my top reads for 2010. I have been looking forward to reading this prequel but have been a little hesitant, fearful that it wouldn't be of the same caliber as In Her Name. I am thrilled to say that I had nothing to fear.This is a top-notch first contact story. The reactions of the humans and the politics involved in humanity's first contact with the Kreelans felt very real. The battle scenes were gripping and it had that well-plot [...]
This is the first installment in the In Her Name Trilogy & wider space saga. I came into this one knowing nothing but the summary description about the story. I've jumped into another lengthy scifi saga & will have to add this one to my series rotation. I liked it but I found there were a few problems in the beginning. First, early on, it's a but repetitive in some ways. There would be a paragraph given about the Kreelan from their POV & then following would be the same information a [...]
This is the first book i read in the series, and now i cannot wait to grab the other 2 books and then the Redemption trilogy as well. It was hard to put it down. I had to force myself away from it so i could eat and sleep haha. The story moves along at a good pace. I did not find any parts of it to be dull, which a lot of books suffer from. It does a great job of continuously switching between the human side of the story and the alien side, so you get both perspectives equally. The end of the fr [...]
Well done. I love first contact books, and this one took a different approach: an alien specie technologically far advanced over humans and not especially benign in their regard for lesser species.Well organized and written, but the plot--especially saving the cast she wants to advance--is a but too obvious and too dependent on favorable coincidences. The word "miraculously" is over used, but indicative of this problem.Sets up a series, this volume nonetheless manages to end neatly.
This was a pleasant surprise. Plenty of action, good character development, and enough deaths to make me wonder who will survive. Read my full review here: ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.
4.5* for me. This is the first book in the sweeping science fiction saga by Michael R. Hicks. Like Star Wars the story was originally written with books 4-5-6 written first and then books 1-2-3 being written. I read this one first because I like chronological stories, but then I mucked it all up by reading #4, Empire, right after this one. Okay so a few weeks ago I picked up Mr. Hicks alien scifi story because he kindly had it up for free and I figured why not check it out right?? I was IMMEDIAT [...]
I wanted to like this book. I downloaded it for free. The reviews both in and are quite favorable. But I found the entire story shopworn, illogical, and too convoluted to be interesting. And the author's writing style is way too wordy and simplistic. I managed to finish the book, but my feelings upon doing so were relief, not satisfaction.The story line revolves around human contact with a far superior race of aliens. The aliens are a violent matriarchal society who seem to get their only enjo [...]
2.5/5 I thought I loved all sci-fi. I was wrong. This author does a lot right, but just as much wrong. I can't stand more telling than showing. A ton of time is spent with dozens and DOZENS of characters, setting up little backgrounds, which is great, ha-ha, my life is this, and here's a little cute backstory about my family or my hobbies, meh meh meh, but it never comes back around to mean anything and they often die anyway. It's dreadfully, dreadfully over written, although the writing is clea [...]
This whole series focuses on the conflict between aliens and humans. What I liked was both viewpoints of the conflict. Also the aliens acted for logical reasons just not human logic. It's hard to write aliens as alien and not just "dressed up" humans and I think he succeeded. Story and plot were good with some memorable characters. Also different characters had different points of view on things that were never really resolvedjust like real life.What I didn't like was the books felt a little "tw [...]
All I can say is WOW, just WOW! It has been a long time since I read sci-fi this wonderful and I wish I hadn't started reading it so late because I couldn't stop until I was finished, just before dawn. It was worth it. I loved the characters, both human and Kreelan, enough to feel sad when so many of both fell in battle. And what battles they were. The last series I started that made me so anxious to tear through to the last book was Outlander. Although of a completely different genre, I am read [...]
A funny thing happened on the way to the (space) opera See, I should not have enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong; I love sci-fi, and I enjoy the "dry and impersonal" violence of spaceships blowing each other up It's the "blood and guts" kind of violence I do not like. There is plenty of both in this novel, but I still liked it very much, despite the blood and guts. I think it helped that I had read Empire first, so I really wanted to know more about the Kreelans. A very interesting aspect of [...]
An amazing novel!! Even thought it was only 373 pages it felt like it was a book of over 1000 pages it was that good, with so much detail and a great plot and brilliant characters, this is a book that I would recommend to anybody who love science fiction books or to anyone else I loved its that much. Really want to download the next book on my kindle, but shouldn't because I have major exams in two weeks, but will probable end up downloading it. I gave it 5 stars and really feel that It is worth [...]
At first I didn't like this one so much as it started out too much like David Weber & Steve White's Starfire series except with samurai tigers instead of people eating giant spiders. As the book went on it was interesting to see how the aliens developed and it became a 4 (really liked it). But, I seriously dislike the viewpoint of 'they are not like us so it's ok to kill every man, woman and child because they are not really people'. There are hints that might change in later books. I'll rea [...]
God dam goodGod dam good everything damn it. I love. Damn good characterization. A little too much worthiness. Damn good situation all sequences. Just God damn good ending. Lots of surprises
Great readHad a hard time putting this one down. Great writing, showing both sides of the conflict. Fast paced & descriptive space and ground conflict.
This is a weird plot, I must say. I'm a hardcore sci-fi fanatic, but never have I come across such a plot. Its quite interesting though. I mean, till now we have read or seen sci-fi shows or books on alien lifeform either friendly or hostile, but never have I heard of or can imagine of a sentient life form with a sole purpose of annihilating other worthy sentient life forms. I mean, they kill because the other life forms are worthy of their respect. WowSuper twisted plot. Though the alien charac [...]
I liked it enough to finish it, but I can't say I LIKED it. I don't really go for military sci-fi which is what this turned out to be. I was interested in the "first contact" premise and the opening chapters fit the bill. But then it turned into a long military campaign fighting the aliens. Usually mil sci-fi has too much testosterone and macho characters but this had enough women and other interesting characters to not go over the top. The "science" part of the sci-fi was really weak with numer [...]
Here is a DNF (did not finish) review. I read about 35% of the book and will not pick it up again.I had received this book for free. I decided to read it based on others' review, which were overwhelmingly positive. When I dread having to open up a book, that is not a good sign. Here are my top reasons for not finishing the book (a prequel to the series):I was bored reading it. The first climax is at the beginning of the book where the aliens take over and destroy the Aurora. So far, the rest o [...]
This is book 1 of a 9 book series. Yes, that's right, 9. The book takes place a few hundred years in the future. Humans have discovered no other intelligent life in the universe - until now. The Kreelans are a bloodthirsty race whose main ambition seems to be to kill opponents in battle. Their technology is way ahead of anything humanity can offer but they love a challenge.If you like space opera with fearsome aliens, huge space battles and heroic deeds this will appeal.It's free too so what's n [...]
Not a bad read. There are a few odd things about this book but overall it is pretty entertaining. The good guys (and gals) are a little too good to be true and the incompetent are a little too dumb. The alien cats are a little hard to swallow - with their strong sense of chivalry and fair play but happy to literally put everyone else to the sword.But the action scenes are good and not too over the top and apart from a few parts that generate a little too much disbelief is an enjoyable page-turni [...]
Sometimes hard to followThis first book, in a series that I definitely want to read, was certainly enthralling even if it was difficult to follow at times. The rise of a midshipman to a ship's commander was absolutely astounding and very believable. I would definitely recommend this book(series) to anyone interested in star travel and exploration. Although this was a fictional story we do not know what lies beyond our universe!
I was really excited about this one when I started. The story concept, world building, characters and pacing were excellent. Unfortunately, it got very bogged down later. At about 60% I was losing interest and by 75%, I just couldn't get myself to sit down and read. So, sadly I am setting this one aside. I don't know if I will try again in the future or maybe try another book in the series. I do hate it when this happens.
I really enjoyed this book. Definitely going to read the next one in the series, hoping I will like the complete series.It is fluently written and has a good pace. Good character building. This book contains a lot of chapters about the battle, but they were different and exciting enough. A nice mix between descriptive parts and dialogues, which is very important for me.
Fantastic!This book was fantastic. Imaginative, thrilling, complex, emotional, gut wrenching, powerful and exhilarating. I could go on and on. I could not put it down. A sweeping saga on the largest stage possible, it will keep you breathless and transfixed as the human race fights for survival, and shows its true merit, against a strange and relentless foe.
Humans make a hyperjump to another solar system only to find it is inhabited by very vicious female aliens - Kreelans - who slaughter most of the crew and make the rest fight for their lives like gladiators in ancient Rome. Very strong descriptive writing and great characters. Excellent science fiction. This is only the opening to a saga that runs to nine novels.
I keep being seduced by cheap books through BookBUB (why are all the good ones not availalbe to reade here in NZ - don't answer that, just a moan)is is average and slight derivative space opera. It's OK and I finished it, but I am not currently tempted to move to the next in the series. Sorry. I hate giving lukewarm reviews.
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