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Product Details

  • Paperback: 692 pages
  • Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing; 2 edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615208533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615208534
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Now living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he lives his dream of writing full-time and spends as much time on the road in the family RV as possible...when he's not at the beach!

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Michael Hicks writes the story with an eye to the average reader.
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This book was well written with engaging characters, well paced story line and a plot that held my interest.
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Bufo Calvin on May 12, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
In Her Name is a superior science ficton novel, with intimate insight into its characters' thoughts and feelings, a fully realized alien culture, sweeping space battles, and fierce hand to claw combat.

Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs may feel at home in the first part of the book. It features a blue-skinned race of alien female warriors and a lone boy who grows up with them, learning to fight as they do. In the process he becomes both more and less than human. It seems a bit like a cross between Tarzan and Barsoom.

But this is not your grandfather's pulp fiction. It is a complex (but clearly structured) tale that takes us through the life of Reza Gard. From his struggles on an orphanage planet to his capture and assimilation into the Kreelan race, to political twists and turns as his native and adopted races clash, the book grows along with him from adventure story to military science fiction, but never forgets to let us relate to the rich array of characters he meets. This is 21st century sci fi, with questions of personal identity and how one relates with the universe integrated with bloody combat.

Readers of the old pulps would also be surprised at the number of strong female characters. Although like everything else in the book, we know them primarily through their connections with Reza, they stand on their own as interesting people.

One word of warning: if this was a movie, it would be rated R. Not all readers will be comfortable with the harshness, the language, and the explicit nature of some of the plot elements. Those that are will see that they are a legitimate part of the drama, but others may find them distasteful.

Overall, this is a great example of the self-publishing that Amazon's Kindle enables.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Liviu C. Suciu on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This novel is a mixture of military space opera and epic fantasy that works very well.

Structurally the book is split in several parts that follow the main character Reza Gard from a very young boy in a middle of a brutal war with terrifying alien invaders to the fulfillment of his extraordinary destiny years later.

The roughly 6 main parts are quite distinct in character, ranging from plucky exploited orphans fighting back against their corrupt "guardians" to epic fantasy with prophecies, blood curses, spirits, coming of age as an warrior in a society that practices combat as sport, to hard core military sf, political and military space opera and much more

It seems an odd mixture and the transitions are disconcerting for a while - you think you have it figured out and suddenly there is a left turn in the book - but it works for two main reasons.

First - the author' style is very engaging - even emotional if you want - which makes you keep turning page after page to find out what happens next and lets you live the book.

Second - the main character Reza Gard human by birth, alien by upbringing, who struggles to straddle two mutually incompatible societies, a scientific, more or less democratic and individualistic human one, and a fantasy like - if you want in the sense of sufficiently superior technology will seem like magic - which is communal, blood bonded, hierarchic, based on honor and place.

While the main villains are a bit cartoonish, most secondary characters are very well drawn and the style of the book, the intensity of Reza's struggles to allow both societies to survive somehow despite their mutual incompatibility make this an excellent book and a big positive surprise for me.

The ending is very well done bringing together all the threads of the novel and the seemingly insoluble problem of co-existence finds a fitting resolution.

Highly, highly recommended
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Steph on December 30, 2008
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In Her Name is a book that isn't easily pegged. It's got your basic Fantasy/SciFi elements, with portions taking place on other worlds; it has a futuristic element, being set in a non-current time period; it's a romance between two strong characters from different lands; it even manages to be somewhat "current" in feel, since even with the futuristic element it's still based on Earth-based humanity as one aspect (though a future Earth that's much different, with space travel and other planets that have been settled). It's got warriors and lovers, good guys and bad guys, evil deeds and deeds of redemption.

How do I peg such a book into any one simple definition or genre? I can't.

All I know is that a couple of weeks after finishing the book, I'm still having thoughts about it and the characters I met within its pages. It's taken me this long to decide how I could put those thoughts into words. Most books I finish and have a general feel of "I'm done, and I liked it well enough/okay/not at all" and I've forgotten all but the basics a week later; but this one doesn't quantify itself quite so easily.

And to me, that's the mark of a pretty darn good book.

Highly recommended.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Stokes on May 20, 2011
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I enjoyed In Her Name quite a bit. The beginning is kind of unpleasant, and then it looks like we are going to be treated to a coming of age in wartime story.

But then the story takes a dramatic turn and it gets really good, and was difficult to put down. By far the best of the book is where Reza makes the transition from animal to warrior. The meeting with Jodi is good also. Had the book continued on at this quality level I would have given it 5 stars, especially considering the author is not a mainstream established one.

Unfortunately, the 2nd half the book seems to lose its way. None of the new characters in the political power struggle are interesting. The good guys are all uniformly perfect of heart and un-conflicted, and the bad guys are similarly uninteresting characters.

I was expecting a very interesting time of Reza attempting to deal with human society from his unique perspective. What a novel it could have been, had Reza's experience resulted in two species learning to understand each other.

But instead, it veers off on this silly political adventure which has poor characters, a poor plot, and in parts are poorly written. Reza is now just a vanilla good guy and not the fearsome uncompromising force I expected him to be.

I heartily recommend that you buy this book, but make sure you stop reading once Jodi and Reza head back towards Earth. Then you will have read a very imaginative and interesting book.
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