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Classic First Encounter
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.