Intruder (Fifth Foreigner Series #1)

Intruder (Fifth Foreigner Series #1)

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 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.

Product Details

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

About 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

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Intruder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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.
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
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful detail of another planet, another culture.
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 9 months ago
Gods most fortunate — one worried constantly that the new alliance would fall apart before it was begun. But somehow, somehow, unity has prevailed. And Cajieri keeps his mom — and his new pet. All is well.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm in agreement with another reviewer who said that the series has become too complicated for someone not familiar with it to jump in¿you can't start here; the entire book would make no sense. This volume is a bridge book where the excitement of the previous volumes has drawn down and new intrigues are starting to break the surface. These new problems are firmly grounded in the old but there's a sense that a chapter has come to a definite close.There's no action in this book...not a single drop (the most exciting thing is a monkey-like creature escaping its cage). It's all interpersonal exchanges between the individuals in what has become an extended cast. If you're an action junky, you may not appreciate this book. However, if you're firmly hooked on this series (as I admit I am), then this is merely a quiet interlude, not something that is tedious.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not much action, unlike the last few, but a lot of political maneuvering. And Cejeiri continues to mature, as his world threatens to turn upside down a few more times.A pleasure for those reading the series, but for heaven's sake don't start here.
AngelaCinVA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to C. J. Cherry's Foreigner series. This installment is a return to the political intrigue and behind the scenes maneuvering without the action that filled the last several books. Since I really enjoy reading about the details of atevi politics, that was fine with me. I enjoyed this book immensely and can't wait for the next volume! One word of warning: This is not the book to pick up as your introduction to the series! If you haven't read other Foreigner books, you quickly get lost. So what are you waiting for? Grab Foreigner and get started!
agingcow2345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We have finally reached the point in this series where it becomes difficult for new readers as opposed to merely challenging. As Ms. Cherryh makes the world ever more intricate and the plotting ever more baroque, the large cast of major characters goes through 350 or so pages in ever fewer days of in world time. This novel takes place in under a week and consists mostly of protocol filled meetings between the different players. I have enough invested to find It entertaining but if not for the subplot of young Cajeiri coming of age I am no longer sure how many more volumes I would keep reading. The series cries out for an official world guide that can be kept out and leafed through while digesting the latest novel. Preferably one with family trees and good maps. I would gladly pay hardcover price for one such.
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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