Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1)

Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1)

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by C. J. Cherryh
     
 

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It has been two years since the starship Phoenix left Alpha Station on a rescue mission where over four thousand human spacers were under attack by a hostile alien race. Now, exhausted from their journey, the crew of the Phoenix yearns for home. But when the ship makes the jump into atevi space, they learn the worst: that supplies to the

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It has been two years since the starship Phoenix left Alpha Station on a rescue mission where over four thousand human spacers were under attack by a hostile alien race. Now, exhausted from their journey, the crew of the Phoenix yearns for home. But when the ship makes the jump into atevi space, they learn the worst: that supplies to the station have been cut off; that civil war has broken out on the atevi mainland; that the powerful Western Association has been overthrown; and that Tabini-aiji, Bren Cameron's primary supporter and Ilisidi's grandson and ally, is missing and may be dead.

With no one left to lead the Western Association, Ilisidi and  Bren know that the survival of their allies lies in their hands. And with the atevi world at war, the only safe landing strip lies on the human colony at Mospheira. Although there are many dangers inherent in bringing a powerful atevi leader such as Ilisidi onto human lands, Bren realizes they have no other choice. But even if they safely survive their landing, will Bren and Ilisidi together prove strong enough to muster the remaining shards of the Western Association and regain control of their planet?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Destroyer is the 7th Foreigner novel. It is also the 1st book in the third subtrilogy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This series has lost none of its vigor. Destroyer is an excellent adventure." —The Denver Post

"Well-developed characters, fine style, and intense psychological realism. Cherryh's many readers should snap this one up." —Publishers Weekly

"With every new Foreigner novel, Cherryh strengthens the saga's already imposing reputation as one of the foremost series exploring the complex and delicate relationships between human and alien cultures. Cherryh's Foreigner saga is cerebral science fiction at its very best—as entertaining as it is contemplative." —The Barnes & Noble Review

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Destroyer, the seventh novel in C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner saga (Foreigner, Invader, Inheritor, et al.), not only heralds the inception of a new trilogy but also the beginning of a turbulent new era between the human descendants of a lost colonial starship and the sentient race of aliens inhabiting the planet they were forced to land on.

Bren Cameron is humanity's adviser to the atevi -- a race of giant, black-skinned, golden-eyed warriors -- a position that demands intelligence, finesse, patience, and no little courage. After decades of cultivating a strong relationship with the complex and volatile aliens, Bren leads a mission to rescue a colony of humans trapped on a faraway space station. Some very influential atevi -- namely the young heir and his great-grandmother -- accompany Bren on the two-year trip into deep space. The mission is ultimately successful; but when the ship returns, they find the atevi homeworld in total chaos. The atevi leader is missing and presumed dead. Political factions are jockeying for control. With rumors of war between atevi and humankind spreading, can Bren find and restore the missing ruler to power and avert more bloodshed?

With every new Foreigner novel, Cherryh strengthens the saga's already imposing reputation as one of the foremost series exploring the complex and delicate relationships between human and alien cultures. Comparable to Harry Turtledove's Colonization novels and Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth sequence, Cherryh's Foreigner saga is cerebral science fiction at its very best -- as entertaining as it is contemplative. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
In this solid if slow-moving addition to Cherryh's much-praised Foreigner series (Invader, etc.), Bren Cameron and his atevi allies finally return to their home world, where atevi natives and human colonists live in an uneasy truce. Their desperate, two-year mission has been a success; they've evacuated the humans stranded on distant Reunion Station and made tentative peace with the kyo, an enigmatic and heretofore hostile alien race. Bren soon discovers, however, that his troubles are far from over. His employer, Tabini, the most powerful atevi ruler on the planet, has been deposed and may well be dead. Along with Tabini's bumptious young heir, Cajeiri, and the ruler's highly competent but aging grandmother, Ilisidi, Bren must make a dangerous shuttle landing and then travel cross-country through hostile territory in search of his employer, who is the only leader on the planet, human or atevi, with the foresight and presence of mind to deal with the impending arrival of the kyo. Cherryh's Foreigner books make up one of the finest on-going series in the genre. This volume, the first in a new trilogy, is hampered by the need to clarify what is now a considerable back story, but it features a healthy dose of the author's trademark well-developed characters, fine style and intense psychological realism. Cherryh's many readers should snap this one up. Agent, Matt Bialer at Sanford Greenberger. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756403331
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Series:
Foreigner Universe Series, #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
673,442
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This series has lost none of its vigor. Destroyer is an excellent adventure." —The Denver Post

"Well-developed characters, fine style, and intense psychological realism. Cherryh's many readers should snap this one up." —Publishers Weekly

"With every new Foreigner novel, Cherryh strengthens the saga's already imposing reputation as one of the foremost series exploring the complex and delicate relationships between human and alien cultures. Cherryh's Foreigner saga is cerebral science fiction at its very best—as entertaining as it is contemplative." —The Barnes & Noble Review

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Atevi send the spaceship Phoenix to Reunion Station where the inhabitants encountered the sentient space faring Kyo who planned to blow up the facility because it was in territory they considered theirs. Deploying diplomacy, interpreter and Human-Atevi advisor Bren Cameron convinces the Kyo to allow the four thousand inhabitants to peacefully leave and then the space station would belong to the Kyo. Now they are days away from home and both human and Atevi are looking forward to enjoying the little luxuries found on their planet.--- They come back to a world that is in the middle of a civil war and onboard the Phoenix is the dowager and the heir. No one knows where the ruler and his wife are and many think they are dead. Bren and his staff, the dowager and her staff, and the heir shuttle down to the planet where they travel through enemy territory to find the heir¿s great uncle. They hope to enlist his aid in returning the former ruler on his heir to power, but a traitor alerts the rebels who plan to kidnap or kill them.--- Nobody is better than C.J. Cherryh when it comes to writing an in depth exploration of an alien society. Relations between humans and Atevi are in jeopardy many of the native race believes humanity has too much influence and technology that disturbs the conservative elements of their society. Bren blames himself for pushing the space program and other technological advances on the leader who trusts him and he is desperate to undo the damage he has done. DESTROYER is a wondrous work starring two sentient races struggling to co-exist peacefully.--- Harriet Klausner
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Just can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Foreigner series but wish they were all here! I am waiting particularly for the second series about the rescue of Reunion Station. I will keep checking. Don't understand this piecemeal presentation.
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Any new Cherryh book is a treat, particularly a new book in the Foreigner universe. My first complaint is that I've got to wait for Pretender to be published--I want the entire trilogy now. Destroyer is a set-up book, much like Invader--everyone is getting in place to take care of whatever chaos Cherryh unleashes in Pretender. The entire book feels like one of Bren's split-second, downhill slides to either a brilliant solution or total destruction. My second complaint is that I wanted to see more interaction with the atevi and the Mosphierans on Mosphiera. Maybe in the next book.