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Betrayer: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3 | [C. J. Cherryh]

Betrayer: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3

In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.
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In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

Bren's mission is to negotiate with Machigi-a young atevi lord who has never actually seen a human-and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the west. Is Bren a shrewd enough negotiator to stay alive, and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini, while also representing the interests of their enemy?

©2011 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 03-11-13
    Charlie Russel Sunshine Coast, BC, CA 03-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The story continues"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you've been reading the Foreigner series, then you won't want to miss this book! The fighting is in and around Bren Cameron's country estate, as Bren must negotiate with Machigi to prevent a full out civil war. Again.

    If this is your first contact with Cherryh's Foreigner series, stop! You really need to go back to the very beginning of the series. There is way too much that you've missed to start with this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ilisidi and the young son, Cajeri. The dowager continues to be a powerful and unpredictable force, with an agenda of her own. And Cajeri is a continuing surprise.


    What does Daniel May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration, though a bit slow. But the Atevi voices feel right.


    Any additional comments?

    A great series. Highly recommended!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Professor United States 09-17-12
    Professor United States 09-17-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "This is impossible!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I never thought I would find the series I like so much!!!!!
    There's nothing I can write, because any molecule of information may spoil your enjoyment of the series.

    One thing is definite The Series is in my TOP 10 LIST!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-12-13
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-12-13
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    "Awesome! One of the best science fiction series."
    Would you listen to Betrayer again? Why?

    Yes, again and again. The story really keeps you on your toes. The way Bren Cameron handle the negotiation with Magichi to prevent a civil war is really awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Betrayer?

    When Tabini Aji came to find Bren.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The heir, Cajeiri trying to be helpful despite being thwarted at every move. He is turning out to be a good future ruler. I also like his obvious regard for Bren.


    Any additional comments?

    Please continue this series! C J Cherryh is indeed a very talented writer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bob San Jacinto, CA, United States 03-04-13
    bob San Jacinto, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Betrayer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is a classic, the best long series I know of and I have been reading Science Fiction for over 50 years. Just start at the beginning of the Foreigner Series and DON'T STOP.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Betrayer?

    The 8 year saves his grandmothers life.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    He reads with a love of the story, very very impressed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed - cried and happily missed meals.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ona Seneca, MO, United States 07-23-14
    Ona Seneca, MO, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2011

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    Would you listen to Betrayer again? Why?

    Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.


    Any additional comments?

    Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AL KEMAH, TX, United States 03-26-13
    AL KEMAH, TX, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "OK, too much of the same thing"
    What did you like best about Betrayer? What did you like least?

    Good series but I have read the series from the beggining and it seems to be more of the same thing, getting boring


    Would you recommend Betrayer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Don't think I will make it to the last book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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