Intruder

Intruder

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Penguin Putnam
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 betweenatevi 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.

Random House, Inc.
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 betweenatevi 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.


Baker & Taylor
Ben Cameron, a human diplomat, must negotiate with a young atevi alien lord unfamiliar with humans in the hopes of convincing him to stop hostilities towards the west in the first book of the fifth trilogy of the epic series. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

Ben Cameron, a human diplomat, must negotiate with a young atevi alien lord unfamiliar with humans in the hopes of convincing him to stop hostilities towards the west.

Publisher: New York : DAW Books : Distributed by the Penguin Group (USA), [2013], c2012
ISBN: 9780756407933
0756407931
Branch Call Number: SciFic Cherryh Pbk
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 18 cm

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Aug 28, 2012

There was no knowing whether they were going to attend a formal dinner tonight – or a firefight.

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Aug 28, 2012

A cannon shot from a heaving deck and a dish of berries: both had caused the city to change hands.

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Aug 28, 2012

the old man, who detested humans and every variance from tradition, was insatiably curious about what he deplored.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2012

One should never, ever check the general mail just before bed. It only led to things one did not wish to know and questions that would keep one from honest sleep.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2012

Court bores him, and boredom will turn him sour and warp him. I _know_ this boy . . . I _was_ such a boy.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2012

The space program had brought letters from the certifiably confused, who were convinced that the atmosphere could be punctured, letting all the air out . . .

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2012

he was mad because he wanted the world rolled back several hundred years, before telephones, television, computers, and humans falling out of the heavens.

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Aug 28, 2012

He had _so_ wanted a cat or a dog. Or a dinosaur. Just a little one.

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Aug 28, 2012

One’s heart beat a little faster. Definitely. Even after a trip on a starship, these landings at the mercy of a planet’s unforgiving mass, involving so much support, involving weather, involving very high-velocity machinery, never became entirely routine.

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Aug 28, 2012

The news service, we are told, has carried so much rumor about this agreement that truth about it will be news indeed.

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Ottawa_Reiver
Nov 19, 2014

Boring. The bulk of the story consists of the protagonist explaining the advantages of an upcoming agreement. And he does this over and over and over....

Most of the interest- what little there is - comes from the 9 year old alien. He also is responsible for most of the action. (Spoiler alert - his pet gets loose!)

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DALHIA
Jul 14, 2014

Cheryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race

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StephenB
Mar 14, 2013

Thought I'd check out Cherryh's work but this isn't the book for that... many volumes' worth of back story out there. I'll have to find the 1st book in one of her series and see if it interests me.

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andreareads
Aug 28, 2012

It's always a good feeling when a new Foreigner book comes out and I get to immerse myself in this world and its characters once more. That said, a bit too much talk and not enough action in this one, although from the point of view of the main character, leading a diplomat's life of committees, reports and formal functions probably makes a refreshing break from being shot at. Plenty of tension about the activities of the Assassins' Guild, but mostly offstage. The adventures of young Cajeiri, restless and bored with the restrictions of being a politician's son, stole the show in this one.

nancy707 Jul 30, 2012

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