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on 14 November 2008
The Foreigner series, I think, is one you either love or hate, depending on whether you buy into the character of the protagonist, Cameron.

The story in the Foreigner series starts start rather slowly and awkwardly due to heavy dose of background material. Once one has passed that initial humpt, though, the action picks up and Cherryh starts doing what Cherryh does best (in my opinion) - spinning a tale of a believable alien race that is just different enough from us to be really believable. If you've read others of Cherryh's first contact stories and liked them, this one comes highly recommended.

A note of caution though: this is very much the first book of a series and to really understand the events of Foreigner, you need to at least read the two next books in the series.
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on 1 July 2008
The foreigner series, especially the first three novels, are an outstanding achievement.

In 'Foreigner', the subject matter underpinning the - gripping - story line includes communication with an alien mindset; relationships both personal and political; intercultural impact and the exchange, to some extent, of different values.
A unique diplomat is the vital go-between for a lost group of humans and the atevi alien race. For the atevi, diplomatic options include assassination. The characters, human and alien, all have real, convincing personalities, and the action sequences, especially in the later part of the book, are fast moving and enthralling. I defy anyone to read this book, and then not want to read the volumes following!
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on 17 October 2012
I usually have an acute phobic attack when it comes to stories which appear in seemingly endless episodes bound in brick thick volumes - you'll know the ones I mean - but this is different. Somehow, the unfolding story of the world of the Atevi and of Bren Cameron's relationships within that world is just as engaging as it was when this first volume was published. It is sobering to think that so much has passed in real and book time since then and yet the series is still fresh and fascinating.Partly because the characters are believable, partly because there is always more to discover about the Atevi, but mainly because the plot is so well crafted that you are always left wanting to know what happens next. Will the Kyo suddenly appear in orbit? Will the Phoenix ever rediscover the lost route back to Earth? What happens if Illisidi dies? If you haven't read this yet,buy it and take the first step into an enthralling world.
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on 14 September 2008
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Unlike many of CJ's earlier works, including the Chanur and Alliance Space novels, the Foreigner series is about 6 books too long. The initial setting is limited in scope and the plot lines become increasingly attenuated as the series progresses.Ok...ok I admit that the characterisation is good but enough already! The last book can be summarised a couple of sentences - a kid gets kidnapped and then, after a chase through a snow-shrouded landscape, he escapes. End of story. Come on Cherryh - you used to cover light years, alien mind-sets and space opera with mind-expanding ease. You need to stop this increasingly tedious series and invent again!
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on 2 September 2013
The first book in a brilliant series. I have now stated buying them for my Nephew who I know will enjoy them as much as I have.
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on 13 September 2002
The book throws you right into a world of intrigue and confusion, brilliantly describing the simple complications of a first encounter situation. From there the story works well, but is not truely oustanding. It acts as a good base for the rest of the series (up to 'Precursor') and I would feel that anyone who reads this novel will eagerly devour the rest of the series. Please read it.
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