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Intruder: Book Thirteen of Foreigner
     

Intruder: Book Thirteen of Foreigner

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by C. J. Cherryh
 
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

Overview

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

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407933
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Foreigner Universe Series , #13
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
322,163
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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

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: Book Thirteen of Foreigner 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GK45 More than 1 year ago
The 13th of so-far 14 volumes of the Foreigner series is as fascinating as its predecessors. It's complex and not for people who want a quick, easy read. The characters are incredibly complex, there are many, and at this point there are conflicts among the human settlers who have been forced by the Atevi, the planet's indigenous people, to live solely on an island separate from them; the combined human and Atevi teams keeping the space station working; and the ship humans, who have deserted the original settlers on the station and built another much too close to a mysterious and seemingly-hostile alien race. Bren Cameron, who is the protagonist in this series is the translator/diplomat for the humans and Atevi. In earlier books, he's the only human allowed to have contact with them, because cultural differences originally led to a terrible war that no one wants to relive. He has left the service of the human colony and now works for Tabini, the warlord of most of the world. He intercedes between Tabini and outlying rebels; and with the help of the Assassins' Guild and Tabini's grandmother, the dowager, builds a tentative peace. Tabini's heir, Cajeiri, is about to celebrate his 9th birthday, a very propitious year in a culture that has historically used numbers to determine every aspect of their lives. The dowager is a formidable force in Atevi politics. She and Bren enjoy a warm yet wary relationship, which Bren might call friendship, a word unknown to the Atevi. This reader appreciated the depth of the relationships among all of the beings trying to live in harmony in a situation none of them would have chosen. Cajeiri, the heir; Bren's Assassin guards, Banichi and Jago; and the dowager are cause for much humor - and fear - in Bren's life. They, their staff and their Assassin guards have all been on a year-long voyage aboard the human star ship to try to ward off a debacle between the second space station and the unknown aliens. Unbeknown to anyone aboard the ship, the addition of the heir and the dowager on the voyage was planned by Tabini to protect them from his enemies. This book ties up many loose ends politically and portends a visit to the planet by young humans who were Cajeiri's "associates" during the long voyage to and from his home. The entire set of books is worth having and re-reading many times. My husband and I each have our own set (he likes paperbacks; she likes hard-bound volumes of stories this captivating) and have visited the Atevi world many times since the publication of Foreigher, the first in the series. Having finished #14, which offers no real conclusion and with Cajeiri, a wonderfully curious, intelligent and mischievous young Atevi lord, yet to have his birthday party, I'm hoping for many more volumes before Ms. Cherryh leaves the Atevi world to its fascinating cast of characters for good. I highly recommend the Foreigner books to any sci-fi die-hard.
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful detail of another planet, another culture.