Intruder: Book Thirteen of Foreigner

Intruder: Book Thirteen of Foreigner

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by C. J. Cherryh
     
 

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Civil war on the world of the atevi is over but diplomatic disputes and political infighting continue unabated. Bren Cameron 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. It ended with rebel leader, Machigi, joining the atevi

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Civil war on the world of the atevi is over but diplomatic disputes and political infighting continue unabated. Bren Cameron 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. It ended 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. Tabini-aiji is enraged to have lost his personal negotiator, and Bren is becoming embroiled in a development that could result in his assassination.
 
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 may be only the beginning.

Editorial Reviews

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

“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.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Cherryh’s project is particularly impressive, not only because it has gone on for so many years and volumes, but because every partial mutual understanding gained by humans and atevi opens up new opportunities for misunderstanding (and vice versa).” —Locus

"The latest Foreigner Universe saga...is a deep cerebral entry." —Midwest Review  

"Another beautifully woven tapestry in a mesmerizing series about a complex alien society. Ms. Cherryh’s expertise in world-building is again showcased in this masterpiece of protocol and intrigue that blends easily understood emotions with the intricacies of maneuvering that accompanies power struggles on a global scale." —Night Owl Reviews

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

"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." —Denver Post

"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

Cherryh superbly crafts complex intrigues and alien races possessed of integrity, as well as a sense of otherness.” —Library Journal

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:
9780756407933
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Foreigner Universe Series, #13
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
249,564
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Cherryh’s project is particularly impressive, not only because it has gone on for so many years and volumes, but because every partial mutual understanding gained by humans and atevi opens up new opportunities for misunderstanding (and vice versa).” —Locus

"The latest Foreigner Universe saga...is a deep cerebral entry." —Midwest Review  

"Another beautifully woven tapestry in a mesmerizing series about a complex alien society. Ms. Cherryh’s expertise in world-building is again showcased in this masterpiece of protocol and intrigue that blends easily understood emotions with the intricacies of maneuvering that accompanies power struggles on a global scale." —Night Owl Reviews

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

"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." —Denver Post

"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." —SFSite

“Cherryh superbly crafts complex intrigues and alien races possessed of integrity, as well as a sense of otherness.” —Library Journal

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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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