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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reprint edition (1 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756401313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756401313
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Keith Lepla on 21 Dec. 2004
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All of the Foreigner series are highly enjoyable reads developing understanding of the characters and also the cultures of colonist human, ship based human and the indiginous ateva. The ateva have a highly structured society with such profound differences from human that only one human interpreter has historically been allowed to mediate to reduce the liklihood of conflict.

Yes there is 'action' but always the main driver of the story is the characters and the interaction between them as individuals and representatives of their cultural backgrounds

In this book Bren and of course Banichi, Jago, Sidi-ji etc combine to join with 'the Ship' to journey to the Reunion station to rescue the 4000 survivors of an alien attack.

Fascinating negotiations with 'Pilots Guild' running Reunion and also the besieging 'Kyo' aliens lead into a satisfying conclusion

I am looking forward to Destroyer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Tome Raider on 15 Jun. 2011
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As always, this one of C.J. Cherryh's "Foreigner" series novels keeps you intrigued from beginning to end, wondering what on (or off!) earth is going on.

The starship Phoenix has returned to the atevi planet. Jase, the man born out of Taylor's Legacy is recalled aboard and finds the senior Captain, Ramirez, dying. At the same time, word gets around that Reunion Station, built by the Phoenix crew somewhere far off in space, was not totally destroyed, but was abandoned by Phoenix. This sparks a near mutiny by those of the Phoenix crew who were descended from stationers and Phoenix is tasked with going back to Reunion and finding out exactly what had happened to the station.

Bren, 'Sidi-ji (Tabini's grandmother) and Cajeiri (Tabini's 7-year old son and heir) join Phoenix on the journey and it is Bren's skill in dealing with non-human cultures which averts an outright war with the alien Kyo, who consider Reunion to be an infiltration into their territory and who want one of their own, taken prisoner by the Reunion crew years before, returned.

There might not be a series of deep space battles or gun battles everywhere, but the aliens are totaly believable and there is plenty of suspense just from wondering 'who is doing what to whom?'
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Explorer is the third book of the second arc in the Foreigner's novels universe and it is the concluding volume in the second trilogy of this fascinating universe ..

Bren is now " lord of the Province of Heaven " ...
It is a beautiful way to tell about his job but clearly : Bren's work will not be a fairy tell !
Then he is now in a way responsible for the staff aboard the ( human-alien for a while ) ship which is known for the various factions which are still not fully reconciled yet ( is that even possible ? ) .
The Bren's tasks is at first to establish a working relationship with the human first captain and he is also intending to work with :
Jase ... with the ajii mother ( Ilisidi ) and with the mospheiran scientist ( Ginny ) and his ( Bren's ) atevi staff as well ..

As you guess ! complexity is quietly going to increase and it is INTENSE .. I mean in a quiet way ...
Specially because of those aliens ... those new alien invaders that everybody's will mainly have to care about whatever the faction they are in ... and this for quite a while ...
Reunion station has been attacked that will be a main subject to work about ..
Those new coming aliens are clearly a main interest of this " episode ".
Cherry is very god for characterization ( as usual ) and you will have ( as for the protagonist of the novel have to ) to get inside the minds of people and you will also have to do the same in going deeply in the main lines of the plot of this good novel ..

C.j Cherry is very able to build performing and interesting aliens with their cultures and worlds .
If you are interested to find out what it would be like to interact with sentiments species .
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Explorer 15 Nov. 2002
By K. Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Excellent, intelligent SF, the conclusion (sadly) to the atevi series. I will miss these people and this world.
On a rescue mission to Reunion Station, the Phoenix encounters layers of political complexity, a hostile station government and a potentially hostile alien ship.
This book contains more action than many of Cherryh's other recent works; it's almost as if someone told her that her protag wasn't protagging enough, because suddenly he's the action hero. But he always remains in character, and the scenes are fast-moving and believable. It's interesting to me how much tension and action Cherryh manages to convey *without* describing a lot of gore.
There are also some humorous bits--involving the atevi response to what they find in the Archive of human culture, but most especially the first moment of communication with a member of a new species. It's not that common for me to laugh out loud while reading, and I did here.
A few plot elements could have done with a little more elaboration. I wanted to know a bit more about why the stationers at Reunion were so disenchanted with the Guild, and I would have liked to see meetings between long-lost Phoenix and Reunion kin, since rescuing them was the original reason for the mission. Still, this is a worthy conclusion.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Province of Heaven 28 Nov. 2002
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
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Explorer (2002) is the sixth book in the Foreigner sequence and the concluding volume in the second trilogy. In this novel, the various factions go to Reunion station to confront the Pilots' Guild and possibly the alien ships.

In the previous volume, the Phoenix has been refueled at Alpha Station and prepared for the voyage, the atevi and Mospheiran passengers have come aboard, and the ship's crew has set course for Reunion. But all is not yet settled; the various factions are still not fully reconciled, the events at Reunion remain unexplained, and Jase, the new Second Captain, is still uneasy about his competence. The year long voyage isn't likely to be peaceful for Bren Cameron.

As Lord of the Province of Heaven, Bren is responsible for everything in the ship, but has only as much power over events as he can persuade others to give him. One of his tasks is to establish a working relationship with Sabin, the First Captain, and to encourage her to share more information with Jase. Just to add more complexity to his life, he also has to cope with Cajeiri, the ajii-apparent, who is practicing archery in the corridors and likewise being an active child. However, Bren does have allies in Jase, the ajii-dowager Ilisidi, the Mospheiran roboticist Ginny, and his atevi staff.

When they get to Reunion, they find that the station has been attacked, but not destroyed, and the Pilots' Guild is in firm, even rigid, control. They also find an alien ship observing the station. Bren takes measures to undermine the Guild and to contact the aliens.

Although this novel concludes a phase of the atevi-human story, there are many questions left unanswered, so another trilogy should be forthcoming. Right? Ah, the sweet agony of waiting for the next installment!

-Arthur W. Jordin
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
No, It Can't Be the Conclusion-- I Want More 7 Nov. 2002
By Sires - Published on Amazon.com
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First, I suggest don't try to read this book without having read the previous ones. While it can stand alone and Cherryh gives a good review of the back story, it is impossible, I would think, to fully appreciate the nuances of the human/atevi interface without having read the previous volumes.
Cherryh's experience as a translater has clearly aided her in creating an interesting character in Bren Cameron and a fascinating society in the world of the Atevi/humans. Marooned by his dedication to the spirit of his job and his sense of justice in an alien culture, Bren manages to form attachments and create his own role in Atevi society. That the relationships he develops with his alien hosts are easier for him to understand than his relationships with his family is a great piece of irony.
In this book the introduction of the second alien culture, the necessity of the association of Atevi and humans to withstand the stresses involved in contact with this new force, creates an engrossing storyline that expands on the previous themes introduced by Cherryh.
This is definitely the thinking being's science fiction.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of my top favorites! Cherryh, don't let this be the end! 6 Jun. 2003
By R.Parklane - Published on Amazon.com
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As the Foreigner series has become one of my top favorite sci-fi/fantasy saga, I just have to do my part, at least to rate the series 5 stars even if my review is not as comprehensive as others. I am not much into sci-fi but I picked up this series a month back as I was impressed with Cherryh's Fortress fantasy series. I was hooked from the first book (Foreigner) and had a most enjoyable 2 weeks finishing all 6 books in this intelligent and riveting saga embellished with amazing characters. Cherryh did a brilliant job in her characterization and relationships development among three different "beings", the enigmatic atevi, the humans in space and the humans who have settled on the alien world. Her main characters Bren, Illisidi and Jase are intelligently and vividly developed and all the side atevi characters are just as appealing. Cherryh also did a great job delineating the intimate relationship between Bren and Jago. The pace may be slow in the second and fifth book but the deep characterization and thought provoking plot more than made up for it. I hope Cherryh will continue with a third trilogy.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Disastrous infelicity of two becomes felicitous three. 12 Nov. 2002
By Robert L. Field - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite series continues in this book. The atevi-human association sets off on the "Phoenix" to rescue the stranded humans of Reunion Station. Bren Cameron, now named by Tabini-aiji, ruler of the Western Association, as lord of the province of the heavens, sets off with the expectation of alien contact with Tabini's grandmother and heir to complicate his mission.
The book opens with the voyage to Reunion nearly complete and new revelations of ship-captains' duplicity, giving an inauspicious air to the last space-fold, which ends with worse news ...
The book does continue Cherryh's formula of pacing and structure, and the [bad] outlines of the story become a bit predictable by this, the sixth book. But that is a quibble, because a formula is only to be criticized when it ceases to work. Cherryh's has not. There is the usual blend of cerebral culture-shock and taut action. Entertainment, it offers amply, as well as a long-awaited visit to familiar people and cultures.
This book is easily readable for a general audience, but without reading the entire series one wastes one's time. The nuance built up over the life of the series is the background of relationships which shift and characters that change in behavior and in the perceptions of others. To those who have read none of this series I recommend "Foreigner" with frank envy at your opportunity to experience this universe fresh.
By the way, one suspects more books, since six is a marginally infelicitous (infelicitous two and felicitous three) number. Nine, for example, would be much more felicitous. One can only hope.
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