Intruder: Book Thirteen of Foreigner [NOOK Book]

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Civil war on the world of the atevi seems to be 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 on the coast. But his sojourn was anything but restful. Attacked by rebel forces hoping to kill not only him, but also Ilisidi, the grandmother, and Cajieri, the young son, of Tabini-aiji, the powerful head of the Western Association, Bren and his ...
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Overview

Civil war on the world of the atevi seems to be 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 on the coast. But his sojourn was anything but restful. Attacked by rebel forces hoping to kill not only him, but also Ilisidi, the grandmother, and Cajieri, the young son, of Tabini-aiji, the powerful head of the Western Association, Bren and his resourceful associates have had a small war of their own to contend with. And this small war has ended with a daring proposition: that their longtime enemy Machigi, having been double-crossed by his allies and approached by Ilisidi with an offer of alliance, will sign a trade agreement with her Eastern district-a situation which has upset both the rebels and the loyal north.



But Bren’s accustomed role as negotiator for Tabini, Ilisidi, and their associates has suddenly changed radically—for Machigi, to Bren’s utter shock, has evoked an ancient law. Bren wears the white ribbon that for the last few centuries has identified the single official human-atevi negotiator. But before humans landed, this white ribbon represented a specialized negotiator between atevi adversaries—a mediator who agreed to represent both sides with equal loyalty. These ancient mediators frequently ended up dead.



Now back in the capital, Bren finds that things are even more complicated than they previously were. He has now been put in the precaroius position of representing both Ilisidi and Machigi to the congress, and is becoming embroiled with both conservative and liberal factions. Meanwhile, Tabini-aiji is enraged to have lost the personal negotiator who has been his associate for decades, and is also jealous of any other party who stands to influence his young son. But there are even more dangerous things afoot, for Bren’s bodyguard has warned him there is a crisis inside the immensely dangerous Assassins’ Guild, and that the recent dustup with the Shadow Guild, a rebellious faction within the Assassins, 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. It is also the 1st book in the fifth subtrilogy.


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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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."
Locus
"Some of the finest work of Cherryh's long and distinguished career."
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."
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101560716
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #13
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 104,160
  • File size: 471 KB

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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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Great Book! Great series!

    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.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Very very good!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Recommended

    CJ Cherryh's books are always the best. BTW it has not been released yet!

    You may want to wait to release any reviews

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 19, 2014

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    Well, what were you doing at my camp?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Cherryh is my all time favorite author

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    I truly love most of Cherryh's work.  After Hugo-winning Cyteen

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Definitely a good read in the Foreigner Universe - Gotta check it out!!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Good continuation of the series

    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.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Very engaging. A great continuation of the story.

    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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