Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - the same ship which brought humans to the world of alien atevi nearly 200 years ago, leaving a small and vulnerable colony to struggle for survival in a hostile environment. During these six months, the alien atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledgling space program in a breakneck bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing political factions in both human and atevi societies, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an even more likely threat.
On the atevi mainland, human ambassador Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has risked alienation from his own people by communicating with the staff of the Phoenix as spokesman for the atevi, and has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, and for another to be stationed on Mosphiera, humanity's island enclave.
Now, Bren has the difficult task of indoctrinating Jason Graham, a young man who has never before set foot on a planet, in the intricate, delicate, and potentially lethal maneuverings of the human-atevi interface. And this at a time when, thanks to the assassination of an atevi lord who had been one of Bren's primary adversaries, and the near-collision of Bren's personal plane with a jet manned by an unknown pilot, the relationship between atevi factions is becoming more strained by the minute.
©1996 C.J. Cherryh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Highly recommended for all sf collections." (Library Journal)
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)
I'm dying to tell you short summary, but to avoid any spoilers,
I'll just tell you one thing:
IT'S GETTING BETTER !!!!!:-)
To describe anything gives things away - but the Dowager... she is so cool. There is so much to learn about human nature when you compare them to aliens and that is why science fiction is so powerful.
The building up of understanding between Ben Cameron and the dowager aji gets more interesting. Also the way he have a hand in building a space station is very interesting.
Daniel May's narration is very good.
Yes. In fact I've listened to this book many times and I still enjoy it every time.
Project Manager; Gamer; Team Leader; avid Science Fiction & Urban Fantasy reader.
I first read the first four books in Foreigner series, as they came out in the 90's. I stopped after completing Precursor, through no fault of the writer or books.
On a recent business trip, I was scanning for books and rediscovered the series.
Daniel Thomas May does a wonderful job reading and brings depth and life to C.J. Cherryh's compelling characters and intricate plot. I have enjoyed listening to the series, actually my wife and I listen to a chapter a night.
C.J.Cherryh is a master. She packs more information and nuance into a sentence than many writers achieve in a chapter.
I highly recommend this book.
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