First Contact: In Her Name by Michael Hicks

First Contact (In Her Name: The Last War, #1)First Contact by Michael R. Hicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The best sci fi I’ve read in years. Well, all right, the ONLY sci fi I’ve read in years but that’s not for want of trying. I’ve started so many and found them poorly written and rather boring – not this one. One explanation for there being so much mediocre sci fi is that geeks write ’em and geeks read ’em – and seem to find things in them that I can rarely find. But then, I’m new to geekdom.
Yes; this book is heavy on the gore and the battle scenes are graphic and ‘our side’ rarely wins but that makes quite a pleasant change, really. The writing is good: compelling and professional, interesting and uputdownable. The ploy of including the first chapter of the next book works brilliantly and it seemed to me, even just reading this chapter, that lessons on the craft of writing and hooking the reader had already been learnt. We, the readers of the first book, have been sufficiently hooked by entering the personal lives of these horrendous aliens – not altogether horrendous: I kept getting a picture of that amazing singing alien in ‘The Fifth Element’ – you know, the saviour movie with Bruce thing from ‘Die Hard’ and the beautiful Eastern European lady and, I think, Gary Oldman as the baddie. The new book looks as if it’s going to be a saviour story and I like those so, on to the next.

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