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Old 06-15-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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IN HER NAME: OMNIBUS EDITION by Michael Hicks - Epic best-selling Space Opera/Sci-Fi

This is the omnibus edition, and contains the complete novels of IN HER NAME: EMPIRE, CONFEDERATION, and FINAL BATTLE in a single volume.

As one reviewer said, IN HER NAME is “a grand story of love, power, sacrifice and good versus evil” that seamlessly blends together epic fantasy, science fiction, and romance as it chronicles the coming-of-age of a young warrior hero torn between love and honor...

EMPIRE

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.

CONFEDERATION

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.

FINAL BATTLE

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...

Recommended Reading Order:

Book 1 - IN HER NAME: EMPIRE
Book 2 - IN HER NAME: CONFEDERATION
Book 3 - IN HER NAME: FINAL BATTLE

...or IN HER NAME (Omnibus edition), which contains the complete text of the three books, above...

Book 4 - IN HER NAME: FIRST CONTACT
Book 5 - IN HER NAME: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
Book 6 - IN HER NAME: DEAD SOUL (coming in fall 2011)

Amazon - In Her Name: Omnibus
Amazon UK - In Her Name: Omnibus
Amazon DE - In Her Name: Omnibus
Smashwords - In Her Name: Omnibus

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Old 06-16-2011, 05:29 AM   #2
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I obtained In Her Name: Empire as a free book and finally got around to reading it (I'm in the middle of it now). I find it enjoyable, so this morning I bought the other 4 books in the series at Smashwords. But I noticed when reading the descriptions of the books that what you list as book 4, In Her Name: First Contact, seems as if it should be the first book in the series. I'm sure I will understand once I get to the book and read it, but could you briefly explain to me why First Contact follows what appear to be long after first contact books? In Empire, there have been several comments about how the war has been raging for a century already.

Also, a suggestion. Because this is a series and appears that the books should be read in a particular order, I think it would be helpful to readers/purchasers if the titles include the series designation. That is, when I look at the title it would help if I saw In Her Name 1: Empire, In Her Name 4: First Contact so I could easily read them in proper order.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #3
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Hey Richard, glad you're enjoying it!

When Mike wrote the In Her Name series, he actually pulled a Star Wars. He wrote the original series, what is known now as the Omnibus, in the early to mid-'90s, and only published it when self-pubbing became possible with the Kindle in 2008. After people started reading it and enjoying it, they started asking for more, more, more on the Kreelans and how the whole thing started, so he went back and started writing the Prequel Trilogy, which consists of First Contact, Legend of the Sword and Dead Soul which will be released in the fall. He also plans on writing a third trilogy which will span from Dead Soul and take us up to where Empire begins, or at least up to the point where we'll meet Reza's parents.

Mike has thought about adding the numbers to the titles, but at this point, he feels the work and time involved in re-doing the covers and re-uploading them is more profitably spent on writing. He's still working his full-time job (though he will be quitting in mid-August to write full-time!), so time is precious of course. But what he does try to do is list in the descriptions for all of the books the reading sequence. He has to get on the ball and make those changes on Smashwords. He is hoping to get to that today. Thank you for the push on that!

HTH! Let me know if you have any other questions. And enjoy the series!

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Old 06-16-2011, 12:20 PM   #4
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Thanks. You don't need to redo the covers. Just change the metadata so that the filename gets picked up as In Her Name 4: First Contact. Most devices display both the cover and the name. The information really needs to be seen only in the metadata and on the title page, not the cover.
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Thank you so much for your awesome review, Richard. Glad you enjoyed it, and not to worry, I'm sure you'll see a few posts on here when Dead Soul is released.

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So it appears the Omnibus edition is no longer available on Smashwords. Which book would you recommend I start with instead?
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:50 AM   #7
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Hi there!

You'll want to start with Empire, which is free. Then you'll read Confederation and Final Battle for the three books in the Omnibus.

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Just read the latest entry in the In Her Name series, From Chaos Born. I was surprised to stumble on it at Smashwords. I had expected that you would post something here on MR or at least send out an email to people you know are reading your books.

When do you expect the next book in the series to be released?
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Yeah, sorry about that Richard. It's hard to make sure we have all of our bases covered.

Mike is currently working on the next book in the Season of the Harvest trilogy. After that, he will decide whether this next book will be set in the time of Reza and Esah-Zhurah, or the next one in the First Empress's story.
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