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Tracker (Foreigner #16)

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  708 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Tracker is the sixteenth installment of CJ Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.

It’s been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron’s return from space—a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos.

Now, at last, things are calming dow
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by DAW (first published January 1st 2015)
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Ever since book 6, Explorer, I've been waiting... WAITING for this to happen! Book 16, Tracker, is everything I ever wanted to see in this series: SPACE! We're finally back on the station and things aren't as peachy as Bren thought they would be. An alien ship is approaching the planet – is it friendly? Is it an enemy? Speaking of enemies: the Mospheiran space station master is a complete disaster, the psychopaths from Reunion are as suspicious as ever, Cajeiri's associates are missing and, poss ...more
Apr 13, 2015 liza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
just another idyllic, peaceful interlude on the home world of the atevi...until aliens zoom into range and civil war breaks out on the space station, and cajeiri stains his cuff lace with ink.

C. J.-ma? with respect [bowing slightly], one does understand how much effort goes into each of your Foreigner novels, and one does absolutely wish to leave you in peace to write, but please. Your faithful readers do not grow younger, and we desperately wish to know - we must learn what happens when the kyo
Apr 27, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: science-fiction
This episode of Foreigner blew me away. One of the best books in my favorite SF series.
Oh Boy a proper cliffhanger!

Starting out slowly as usual, with Bren worrying about everything and thus giving an approximate history of the series so far. I love Bren, he is the most Virgo hero I have ever come across and it makes a refreshing change from the Alpha Male heroes usually portrayed. He is intelligent, meticulous, sometimes fussy, considerate, very diplomatic, and fair. While maintaining his own modesty, he is able to wield the power of his office and restore right relations between
Jo Walton
Despite having a tea ceremony on the cover, and thus leading one to expect more of the same, this book contains non-trivial events I cared about, for the first time in several volumes. Not that I mind reading about Cajeiri picking our furniture and having a birthday party, or I wouldn't still be reading, but this book was much more like the reason I wanted Atevi books in the first place.

I can't wait for the next one.
Apr 12, 2015 Jan rated it liked it
Argh. Mixed feelings I guess. For a long long time, this book didn't really catch me at all. Loads of rehashing, loads of build up, loads of setting up the conflict for the whole arc without much actually happening. Yeah it's awesome the Kyo are finally here, yeah it's awesome were back with all the station politics, but where was all the emotion?

For me the biggest attraction of this series has always been the relationship between Bren and his Aishid. All my emotional investment is derived from
Jun 30, 2015 Maciej rated it it was ok
It feels like this is half of a book. The weakest title in the series so far.

Foreigner series is known for a long buildup with action/resolution at the very end, but this book takes it way too far. There is hardly anything going on for the first 350 pages and when something is happening it feels more like an inconvenience to the characters than actual problem.
When we (and the characters) actually learn about THE PROBLEM it's distant both in time and space, nobody is sure if it really is go
Jul 31, 2015 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

In reading some other reviews, there were complaints about repetitive plotting and the boring 'same old thing' so I started to read with this in the back of my mind. The next time it crossed my mind was just now, about two hours after finishing the book. I flew through it, though I kept trying to read slowly to make it last longer, but that just wasn't going to happen. Any time I have read any of the books in this series, I have been transported to this other Earth, the Earth of th
Jan 09, 2016 Estara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
Yes on the second read I think this is another of my favourites in the series. It starts off with Bren having had at least a week's worth of break with Jase, Cajeiri and the kids, right after the last book ended, and then when everything looks as if the biggest upheaval in the offing would be Cajeiri being sad that the kids go back to the station and the details of that train line to be laid into the east, the shit hits the fan up on the station because some visitors no one really expected to ...more
May 08, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
16?! I cannot believe that I have read 16 novels in a series, and am still waiting for more! C.J. Cherryh is a seriously good writer, especially when it comes to creating a world that is both "alien" and believable. I did not give it 5 stars because I felt that it ended too abruptly...almost like the publisher thought the book was too long and wanted to break it into two novels. Looking forward to the number 17.
Maurynne  Maxwell
Apr 25, 2015 Maurynne Maxwell rated it really liked it
This long-running series is so wonderful--start with Foreigner. Unexpected actions in the heavens mean Bren does not get much of a rest after securing Tabini's rulership and young Cajeiri's heirship. Humans, as always, complicate things, but a dynasty is forming, and humans will be pulled along. A year is too long to wait for the next chapters!
Jackie Harrison-jewell
Aug 08, 2015 Jackie Harrison-jewell rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci_fi
So I've read every book in this series. It's been fun. I love the world and the Atevi culture, and the characters are great. I love Bren's aishid. There's just one thing that keeps bothering me.

A little background: A few years ago, when Jean Auel wrote the Ayla series, I read each one as soon as it came out. I was hooked on this character and her grand adventures. My husband read them too and his only comment was that she invented everything. The comment stuck with me, because, of course it was
Scott Nelson
May 14, 2015 Scott Nelson rated it it was amazing
There is something about the narratives that CJ Cherryh creates that always draws me in. The Foreigner series especially--maybe because of its breadth, depth, and length, and the feeling of returning to a narrative that's been with me for many years, but also because of the appeal of the characters, the places, and the writing. She was, in many ways, the originator of the "24" television series genre. She can tell the happenings of a period of a few days over 600 pages and still make it ...more
Jamie Collins
3.5 stars. So glad to visit with these characters again! Especially since they get to go back to the space station and there’s the beginning of a really interesting plot where the Kyo show up for their promised visit while the humans are in the middle of a political crisis. (It’s their turn; the atevi political crisis having been neatly wrapped up at the end of the previous novel.)

I assume this is the first third of another story arc, since it feels like the first third of a novel, if it were wr
Lisa Feld
Apr 05, 2016 Lisa Feld rated it really liked it
Shelves: boston
I have to confess, after the last trio of Foreigner books, I was worried that Cherryh was getting burned out on the series--I wasn't particularly interested in Cajeiri's tensions with Mommy Dearest, or the assassinations of characters who hadn't previously impacted the plot, and I HATE books that center around pet hijinks. I was worried the books were going to take a permanent turn in that direction.

Instead, delightfully, we're back to the energy and tension of the earlier parts of the series--B
Apr 10, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
At #16, this stands as yet another fabulous addition to the Foreigner series. The author manages to continue producing enthralling installments because of the sheer breadth of the universe she has created here. Politics are never simple, because people are never black-and-white, as Bren continues to learn as he dives into another politically-charged battle for common sense.

As anticipated by many readers, the Kyo make their reappearance in this installment. However, what I certainly wasn't expect
Laz the Sailor
Apr 30, 2015 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Only 4 stars? I always give CJ 5 stars. But to be honest, this book was almost all about set-up for this 6th trilogy(!). Hey hey the gang's all here. Just when you thought you'd get a rest, everything comes unglued at once.

Don't misunderstand, if you've read the first 15 books, then you must read this one, and fume for a year until the next one.
Rosalind M
Apr 17, 2015 Rosalind M rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 stars for slow start, a lot of repetition (some admittedly necessary to the plot/understanding of the players), and a plot twist that won't fully be explored until the next installment. Patience is needed to get through this series, but the payoff, as all of the disparate threads weave past each other and rejoin many lengths later, is worth it.
Jun 01, 2016 Aj rated it really liked it
A continuation (#16) of an enjoyable sci-fi series. Poor Bren, he never gets a break. Jumping from one emergency to the next with very little down time in between. This time ship/station troubles which have been put off for too long and the return of the kyo at the very worst time.
Yuli Michaeili
Jun 16, 2016 Yuli Michaeili rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
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Nov 25, 2015 Amy3745 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite series, I will keep reading as long as they are written.
Nov 01, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure of humans and aliens. Describing alien culture is one of Cherryh's great strength as a writer and this addition to the Foreigner opus delivers again.
Sep 23, 2016 Jimehall rated it really liked it
Awesome, as all of this series is. Can barely wait for the next.
P.D.R. Lindsay
Apr 20, 2016 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it it was amazing
I don't know how C.J. Cherryh does it. How does a writer keep a series running for so long without getting stale, losing the plot, and muddling up little details? Her planning and organising skills must be superb. I picture her writer's room with the walls covered in detailed timelines, character charts, notable incidents and an Atevi dictionary!

The novels follow on closely from each other yet could be read as a stand alone. In 'Tracker' we have the visit from the children from the space station
Leigh Kimmel
Sep 10, 2016 Leigh Kimmel rated it it was amazing
Wow. The beginning felt like more of the political soap opera that has been going on for the past several volumes, to the point that I'd gotten to worrying that the author had lost control of the storyline, had no idea how to get things moving again and was just marking time, trying to hide the blunder.

But then the kyo move into the atevi home system and things start happening. There's a lot of bitterness among the humans, and not just among the people of Reunion Station. And it goes from a quie
Jun 09, 2016 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Tracker begins right where Peacemaker leaves off, with Cajieri putting on a brave face to say good bye to his three associates from the Ship, their visit now concluded. Bren says goodbye to Jase after Jase confides in Bren that there are personnel issues on the space station that may have unfortunate ramifications for the atevi/human relations.

Bren immediately acts on Jase's warnings, and contacts both Tatsigi-aiji and the President of Mospheria, Shawn Meyers. They need to remove the problemati
Apr 25, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
God, she is one of my favorite authors and I eagerly await each new novel in this series. But God, there are a few minor things that annoy me. God, there's too much repetition and overuse of certain expletives. God, some sentences are so complex that even after reading them several times I'm still stumped. With sixteen books so far, when events that took place in book four (or whichever it was) are critical to understanding, I often can't remember every detail.
This book starts slowly, and it se
May 14, 2015 Charty rated it really liked it
I suppose since I finished this after midnight I technically finished it today and yes, I did stay up past my bedtime to finish. The book started off a bit slow and it took my brain a little time to pick up the threads from the previous sequence but Cherryh does a masterful job ramping up the tension. After a relaxing trip to Bren's estate with Jase and the children, he's called back to the capitol. Things begin to heat up when he get's hints that all is not well at the Station, especially ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 14, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it it was amazing
This is one of my most-favorite long-running series. Cherryh's ability to build, populate, and immerse you in an alien world, is far beyond that of most writers. She is one of the all-time great science fiction writers. In this book, protagonist Bren Cameron, translator, and official go-between, for humans, and the alien Atevi(on the Atevi planet), has had a restful, and enjoyable vacation, after yet another period of high tension. Joining him on this vacation, were one of the captains of the ...more
Lisa Tobleman
Jun 05, 2015 Lisa Tobleman rated it really liked it
Shelves: sciencefiction
This was a better book than the last one, and despite a slooooow start, it did Finally move the plot along and get moving.

The first half was all writing letters and exposition, but the second half picked up and made up for a very slow beginning. I miss when Bren just thought about writing a letter or did it without me having to read it. However the second half of the rather short novel is all action and a return to what made the first six books so memorable. Brent is the translator-go between, a
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Foreigner (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
  • Invader (Foreigner, #2)
  • Inheritor (Foreigner, #3)
  • Precursor (Foreigner, #4)
  • Defender (Foreigner, #5)
  • Explorer (Foreigner, #6)
  • Destroyer (Foreigner, #7)
  • Pretender (Foreigner, #8)
  • Deliverer (Foreigner, #9)
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