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Intruder: Foreigner #13
     

Intruder: Foreigner #13

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by C. J. Cherryh
 

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The thirteenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Civil war on the world of the atevi is over but diplomatic disputes and political infighting continue unabated. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with the dominant Western

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The thirteenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Civil war on the world of the atevi is over but diplomatic disputes and political infighting continue unabated. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with the dominant Western Association, has just returned to the capital from his country home. But his sojourn was anything but restful, for Bren and his associates have had a small war of their own to contend with, ending with rebel leader, Machigi, joining the atevi congress representing the rebels as a member state.
 
Machigi, to Bren’s utter shock, has invoked an ancient law, changing Bren's role as negotiator for Tabini-aiji, Ilisidi, and other leaders of the Western Association to that of a specialized, entirely neutral negotiator between atevi adversaries. Tabini-aiji is enraged to have lost his personal negotiator, and Bren is becoming embroiled in a development that could result in his assassination.
 
But there are even more dangerous things afoot, as a crisis brews inside the immensely dangerous Assassins’ Guild. The recent dustup with the Shadow Guild may be only the beginning.

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Intruder is the 13th Foreigner novel, and the 1st book in the fifth subtrilogy.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Foreigner series:

“C.J. Cherryh's splendid Foreigner series remains at the top of my must-keep-up reading list after two decades." —Locus

"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist

"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a thousand." —Kirkus Reviews

“One of the best long-running SF series in existence...Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publishers Weekly

“This is one of the best science fiction series currently running….by this point, the series has turned into a complicated set of thrillers involving political and factional turmoil, as well as a close and detailed examination of the troubled interactions between human and alien cultures.” —Strange Horizons 

"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner UniverseCherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." —Denver Post

“Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent.” —Library Journal

"A large new novel from C.J. Cherryh is always welcome. When it marks her return to the anthropological SF in which she has made such a name, it is a double pleasure. The ensuing story is not short on action, but stronger (like much of Cherryh's work) on world-building, exotic aliens, and characterization. Well up to Cherryh's usual high standard." —The Chicago Sun-Times

“[Cherryh] avoids any kind of slump with a quick-moving and immediately engaging plotline, and by balancing satisfying resolutions with plenty of promises and ominous portents that are sure to keep readers’ appetites whetted.” —RT Reviews

 “These are thinking man’s reads with rich characters and worlds and fascinating interactions that stretch out over many generations.” —SFFWorld

“Cherryh's forte is her handling of cross-cultural conflicts, which she does by tying her narrative to those things her point-of-view character would know, think, and feel.”—SFRevu 

"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets...so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics." —SF Site

VOYA - Nancy Wallace
Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, returns to Sheridan with Machigi's verbal agreement to a contract with Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, that may unite and ally the Marid. Bren's position as neutral negotiator has made him a target by factions that do not want peace or agreement. He even fears the reaction of Tabini-aiji, the ruler of the aishidi'tat. But Bren discovers that Tabini's concern is divided between conflict and intrigue in his own household and a shake-up in the Assassins Guild that threatens the very structure of the Atevi government. While complicated political posturing occupies Bren, Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old son, comes under threat by his own mother's bodyguards. The Foreigner series has been marked by excellent writing and extraordinary world building. This thirteenth installment is no exception. While short on action compared to the last two books, the intense political intrigue is both chilling and captivating. Alarming details are revealed that put all past alliances in question. While the aishidi'tat awaits the signing of a world-changing contract, the Aiji's son barricades himself in his apartment, afraid for his life. The alternating points of view between Bren and Cajeiri create both tension and comic relief. Cajeiri's acquisition of a pet parid'ja, a monkey-like creature, leads to mischief and mishaps but also unwittingly exposes the spies in his father's household. This series has strong appeal for science fiction lovers and has earned a cherished spot on most library shelves. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
Locus
"Some of the finest work of Cherryh's long and distinguished career."
Denver Post
"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race."
SFSite
"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets...so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics."
Chicago Sun-Times
“A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome...a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure.... Superlatively drawn aliens and characterization.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407155
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Series:
Foreigner Universe Series , #13
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
761,603
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.26(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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Intruder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
KenK More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series for many years and always look forward to a new addition. This book was no disappointment. I couldn't put the Nook down. I recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books are always welcome and especially the Foreigner series. I collect her books in my reader and also in hardcover because one must continue the series in hardcover but one must always keep them handy which is why I also have them on my reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly love most of Cherryh's work.  After Hugo-winning Cyteen and its very different and very original sequel, Regenisis, the Foreigner series, including this volume, are my favorites of her work.  She helps one envision the world(s) in new ways
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would not suggest starting here if you are new to the series (start with Foreigner and go in order) but if you have been following it, this is an interesting continuation of Bren's saga.
crackerjack1 More than 1 year ago
The 13th novel in this series of great stories and plot twists. As usual, Ms. Cherryh ties up some lose ends and opens a few new avenues to further the story and develop more directions for the characters to explore. A wealth of political intrigue, alien contact, and psychological activity to be explored. Go out and get the first of the series and sit back for a wonderful ride. I can never put a new one down until it is read and can't wait for the next to be in my hands!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cherryh is one of my favorite authors. Her stories seem to keep you on edge wondering without the standard cowboy type shoot'em up.
TheSaintly More than 1 year ago
Another fantastically great addition to this series. These books are just very hard to put down.
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The beginning of the next story arc in the Foreigner Universe to be followed up by Protector, and Peacemaker. Intruder is a good read set back in the capital city of Shijidan where political intrigue swirls around Bren Cameron, the Paidhi for the Atevi. Familiar characters reprise roles along with new characters involved in plots, intrigues, and political struggle. The Assassin's Guild is embroiled with inner turmoil making normal politics double edged. Intruder is a wind-up for the following two book, but you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend it for anyone who follows the Foreigner Universe and enjoys human and alien interaction with double meanings. Two thumbs up!
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LennyA2008 More than 1 year ago
I found that I was always looking forward to find if there was another firefight but it didn't happen. The story was very much set around the pre-nine year old and the moving into his "new" home. This was a very comforting part of the story bringing a family together and incorporating the ongoing drama of the life of a negotiator in an alien landscape. I read it in two sittings!
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