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Defender: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 2 | [C. J. Cherryh]

Defender: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 2

The three-time Hugo Award-winning author continues her second trilogy in the "superior alien-contact series." (Kirkus Reviews) National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh presents book two of her second Foreigner trilogy - the epic story of a single human delegate on a hostile alien planet. In this long-awaited sequel to Precursor, the alien atevi enter the treacherous politics of space travel-as their one human negotiator is caught in the throes of a mutiny.
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The three-time Hugo Award-winning author continues her second trilogy in the "superior alien-contact series." (Kirkus Reviews) National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh presents book two of her second Foreigner trilogy - the epic story of a single human delegate on a hostile alien planet. In this long-awaited sequel to Precursor, the alien atevi enter the treacherous politics of space travel-as their one human negotiator is caught in the throes of a mutiny.

©2001 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-21-12
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Comfortably Unique World"
    Would you listen to Defender again? Why?

    Absolutely! Even knowing the plot and the characters involved, HEARING the tale told again after a bit of time is still incredibly entertaining...like a favorite holiday movie.


    What other book might you compare Defender to and why?

    Kim Harrison's "The Holows" series seems at first an odd comparison but not if you consider the wonderful twists and turns in plot due to that reality's rules...same with the Atevi series...always surprises because of newly revealed species and social rules.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Thomas May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first experience with Daniel Thomas May's readings but he definitely has the right tone and timbre of voice for this series of stories. He's able to capture the various characters' personalities very nicely with voice variations and he stays on pitch for each one.


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

    I think the whole notion of a human in the midst of such a different society moves me. That and how Bren Cameron tries to balance being with Atevi and of humans...a tough dance, is very poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, read the series, start at the beginning and enjoy the journey. If you like Star Trek or Star Gate you'll likely enjoy this set of books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 12-19-12
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Political Intrigue Abounds"

    While the earlier books in this series provide stories that are a mix of politics, interpersonal relations, fighting and sci fi, this story is almost pure political intrigue. Coming into this story I thought I had a pretty good understanding of the various characters and what they were about. This book provides a good reminder that a reader should never get too comfortable. Bren is suddenly cut out of the loop by Tabini. The mutiny against Captain Ramirez may or may not have been what we thought it was. By the time this story had concluded I found myself wondering about Tabini, Jason, Sabin, and Captain Ramirez just to name a few. I have not listened to the next book in the series yet, but this one certainly seems to set things up nicely for C. J. Cherryh to blow things up again so she can put back the pieces in a new and clever way. You may as well buy the next book along with this one. There is no way to finish this one and not be compelled to found out what happens next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Professor United States 08-18-12
    Professor United States 08-18-12

    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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    "3 More Years have passed!! )-: !!!!"

    The wheel of time never stops to turn, just like the lies, machinations, subterfuge and betrayal.

    Three players have entered the game
    Tabini, Aiji of Shejidan
    Mospheiran government
    and ship (captains guild)
    And in the middle of all of these is Bren Cameron,paidhi-aiji translator to the court of Tabini, Lord of High Heavens.


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    Considering the level of stress, suffered by Bren, he must have head of grey hair, 3 heart attacks and 2 strokes. He is torn apart by political and personal business, I just pity him

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robin San Acacio, CO 05-29-13
    Robin San Acacio, CO 05-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Family Guilt went overboard."

    Not much happened in this book. It was good but Brin ruminated so much about his family obligation that I wanted someone to hire the Assassin's Guild to take out his mother just to quit hearing about her. I can't believe the Atevi monarch didn't know what was going on there. Oh well, he finally moves on and things start happening so that I have already downloaded the next book.

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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-08-13
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "As good as ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Defender the most enjoyable?

    The story keeps building up. Ilisidi dowager aji and Bren make a good team. They understand each other and work along very well. Bren's team of security guards/body guards headed by Banichi is really good. .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bren Cameron


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Thomas May – was your favorite?

    All. Daniel Thomas May's performance for all the different characters makes one relate to the story wonderfully.


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

    When Bren lead his team to stop the mutiny.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy this series so much that I have started collecting the audiobooks for my own library.

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