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Invader (Foreigner #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  2,867 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Nearly two centuries after the starship Phoenix disappeared into the heavens, leaving an isolated colony of humans on the world of the atevi, it unexpectedly returns to orbit overhead, threatening the stability of both atevi and human governments.

With the situation fast becoming critical, Bren Cameron, the brilliant, young paidhi to the court of the atevi is recalled from
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Daw Books
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House Hesson
This series benefits greatly from being read in order, so, soon-to-become-standard warning: We won't give spoilers for the specific book in its review, but we do assume you're up to date on the series to that point.

Bren's actions in Malguri have made him a hero by atevi standards, as well as a fool, but it does him little good. The book opens with him fresh out of surgery on Mospheira, headed back to Shejidan and pumped full of pain medications. His body will be fine but his life is, as he's abo
Kaushik Iyer
If Foreigner is about Alienness and loneliness, then Invader is a wonderful story about the start of connection and communication.

I'm starting to see why Jo Walton talks about this series as being similar to A Suitable Boy in its ability to describe rich, internally consistent characters who feel real. By the end of this book, Ilisidi feels like someone you know and understand. Jago and many of the other Atevi still feel foreign, but you start to feel like you can predict how they'll react and w
I love the Foreigner series! This series is great Sci-Fi, alien culture, and political intrigue all rolled into one.
Review: Invader (Foreigner 2) by C. J. Cherryh [return](ISBN 0886776384)[return][return]When Bren Cameron is rushed from surgery back to the high court of the alien Atevi, he knows there has to be something drastic going on. And he's right. The woman who replaced him, Deana Hanks, is not at all qualified to work in the position of Paidhi. Her interests are purely and politically human, and Bren can't decide if she's incompetent or malicious. Whatever the answer, she's stirred up a hornets' nest ...more
Well, the Goodreads description is about useless for book 2 of the Foreigner series.

The premise of the book is pandhi Bren Cameron is hastily called back to the Atevi government and politics when the starship Phoenix suddenly appears in the sky above the planet after a 200 year absence. Bren must now deal with an Atevi population who fears the ship is going to burst upon them with death rays, his predecessor Diana Hanks presence which is in violation of the Treaty established after Phoenix aban
Melinda Snodgrass
So I read the first book in this series, FOREIGNER, and I had problems with it because the protagonist was basically luggage through the entire book, and he whined a lot. Which given the protagonist of my EDGE books is an odd complaint from me because Richard can be a little uncertain and insecure. There was an awful lot of navel gazing too. Still the world building and the alien culture were fascinating.

I didn't intend to go on with the series, but I couldn't quit thinking about Bren and the at
This review is probably best seen as a recap of my thoughts about the second and third books in this series. It will assume you’ve read Foreigner. It will actually mention some major plot points from Invader and Inheritor too. There will be spoilers. You have been warned. If you’re curious about and/or new to the series, go read my review of Foreigner instead, because most of what follows will a) be spoiler-y and b) probably not make a whole lot of sense to you.

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Ian Suddreth
I love the characters and the characterization of the the different species. Very fun story. There was some inner monologue stuff that I skipped, but I think the series will be lots of fun.
Invader is just as good as the first book in this trilogy (which I loved), and possibly even better, because it didn't have to spend a lot of time establishing the setting via characters we'll never see again while running rapidly through the necessary history. Now it's all Bren all the time, and I really do love being in that poor man's head. And in this book he gets to be much more active, for better and worse. Especially when he does active things that everyone yells at him about and he think ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Okay, this hooked me in a little more. And, of course, it has a gorgeous Michael Whelan cover, which certainly doesn't hurt. But it was still ... not quite right, with regard to the juggling of exposition, emotional plot elements, and political plot elements.
Really good. C.J. Cherryh just has a way of making a whole society and culture come to life. Very unique and original. I'm excited to read the next one.
J.C. Webb
I find it interesting that when I read this book for the first time back in 2004 that the character I most identified with was Banichi. Now a decade later it is Bren Cameron whom I most identify with.

The 4 star rating is alittle misgiving, its about 4.4. Great story, but then ending is a nasty cliff hanger that leads directly into the next book in the series. If you haven't read the series I highly recommend it, Cherryh has a knack of making the Atevi seem more human in many ways then humans. It
Becky Stieb
Overall, I liked the book, but it was a painful struggle to get through all the passages where you are lost in the character's head. His thoughts are fascinating but redundant, and several times I found myself thinking "I must have read this before" or simply "get on with it". When I finally found my way back to plot, it was strong and based on unusual enough concepts that I stuck it out through the many long dry spells. The setting is well-drawn, the action sequences (when they finally arrive) ...more
3.5 stars

the 2nd of the 'foreigner' series certainly steps up the action from the 1st installment, but we're still wading through an awful lot of Bren's musings and insecurities. kinda hard to sort all that out when working within a society that often considers blunt questions about one's motivations and loyalties to be thoroughly, inappropriately rude, though, so Bren muddles through the best he can. since the series is described as made up of sub-trilogies, and this one ends as unresolved/abru
Emotonal Reads
I had to stop and say how much I am enjoying this series so far.
the way the language between the human and the the people from this planet is the same but can mean different things, their reactions to emotions.
Using numbers to decipher words and message.
The intrigue and mystery that goes on is really keeping me on my toes.

This is just so different than anything I've ever read.
I know I won't be able to write any more reviews before giving everything away.

I do think anyone who love sci-fi will enj
I liked this second book in Cherryh’s Foreigner series better than the first one. It’s still a bit slow and repetitive in places, but it’s more strongly plotted and the protagonist is more proactive, even if he does spend most of the book in a state of exhaustion.

The action begins only days after the end of the first book, when Bren Cameron is rushed out of surgery and back into his role as ambassador, to help the native population understand the implications of the surprise reappearance of a hu
After a quick surgery in Mospheira, Bren is rushed back to Shejidan. He's thrown back into the political turmoil created first by his absence and also his temporary replacement, Deana Hanks, who refuses to return to Mospheira causing a breach in the Treaty. With the Phoenix negotiating for supplies and labor from Mospheira, Bren must decide whether he will do his job as paidhi and represent the atevi, even if it means betraying his own species or to go along with the pressures from Mospheira.

Maureen E
I've been reading CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series--I just finished Invader and am going on to Inheritor next. I came across her name in several places simultaneously, one of them being Jo Walton's "If you like the Vorkosigan books" post on

She said, "There’s a lot of thematic similarity, but I should warn you that Cherryh is grim. Some awful things happen in Bujold, but the overall effect of the Vorkosigan books is uplifting. Cherryh can be more like the middle part of Memory going on rel
This is a really good "savour" book. The author brings attention to issues such as cultural/biological differences, attitudes, diplomacy, and loneliness. The plot moves at a comfortable pace, not fast, not too slow in most places. The characters are intriguing, especially the protagonist, who is an intelligent man in a complicated and sometimes desperate situation.

The second in the series, this book covers the narrator's post as translator/negotiator/intermediary between two biologically incomp
Invader is the second in the Foreigner series from C J Cherryh. The book is not so much a SF thriller as a diplomatic novel. I liked it a lot once I made that adjustment. It starts a couple of days after the initial book, Foreigner, ends. The main character, Bren Cameron, known as the paidhi, the interface / translator between human and the native species (Atevi) on the planet, is recovering from injuries sustained in the first book, but has to rush back to the atevi territory to try to manage t ...more
This sequel is even better than its predecessor, as the plot kicks into full gear. After 200 years of human isolation on the world of the atevi, the ship that originally brought them there suddenly reappears, startling just about everyone and turning into a major powder keg.

While the atevi characters do get better in this book my same criticism from before lingers - that it can be hard to sympathize with Bren's "liking" of them in places. Perhaps as Bren begins to understand them we will too. Th
This book is a continuation of Foreigner, book one in this trilogy. Cherryh continues to build incredible political and personal tension for Bren Cameron, paidhi to the atevi of this world. Fascinating, tense, suspenseful, humorous at times, I was pummeled along the story as it came to a slight rest before starting book three, Inheritor. I certainly hope I can rest at that point as I do want to do a few other things before reading all 12 of this series (or however many there are). Last book I st ...more
I'm not always a huge fan of science-fiction, but I love fantasy. C.J. Cherryh's Fortress series was one of my highlights of last year's reading, and so in a search for more of her work, I stumbled across Foreigner, also last year. Finally, I've been able to get a hold of more books in this fascinating series.

Part political thriller, part cross-cultural study, and at heart, a book about what it means to care about others, all told in Cherryh's exemplary, original style. Loved it.
I really love this series. Reading it for the second time changes my perception of it, but it's still just as enjoyable. It's strange that Chyrryh can leave me breathless with tension about meetings! I love Bren Cameron for being a brilliant and high strung character, constantly trying to bridge impossible gaps to keep two alien species at peace. It's a fascinating work and I love every minute of it.
CJ Cherryh is one of my all-time favorite authors and this nonet is probably her best effort. It's got everything -- politics (lots of it), really great aliens, culture clashes of monumental proportions, great charaters... I can't say enough about it.

The story is absorbing -- a lone human diplomat becomes embroiled in the political life of an alien culture that's just similar enough to his own to be comfortable and just different enough for that comfort to be extremely hazardous. In the course o
George Heintzelman
On reread, this book is really impressive to me. It conveys extremely well the sense of politics moving behind the scenes, politics that is both unseen and fundamentally alien. And yet carefully following the narrative lets you follow along with the leaps of insight that the narrator has.

But do not read this if you want action. As is a pattern in this series, most of the action is behind the scenes and political, until it all boils over at the climax.
Shawn Conroy
This is a great sequel to the first book in the series. I thought the last book had interesting ideas and explored the alien relationships well. I understand why C.J. Cherryh decided to write the first book as she did. However, it just wasn't exciting as we were kept away from the action, except for the end.

This book takes place right after the first, and there is a lot more politics and a lot more to the plot — solving my only reservations about the last book. It's a slow moving, well crafted e
Martyn F
At the start you plunge right into the middle of the conflict and troubles. And that doesn't stop till the end. And although the paidhi (main character) is only an "interpreter", you get hooked.

Fast paced, exciting, well-written. It's sometimes hard to follow Atevi logic, but they are the aliens, so that's okay. Even better than part 1.
Jess Caren
I enjoyed this continuation of Bren Cameron's story. It continued the quality and storyline begun in the Foreigner. The ending was too much of a cliff hanger for me. I got a bit sick of Bren's injuries. The anthropological nature was still excellent. And I actually found the relationship between Bren and Deana Hanks interesting.
Bren's grown on my since the first book. I get tired of hearing about how tired he is, how about an iron supplement or a cup of coffee? But I like the guy, he's trying hard to do his job in spite of a lot of crazy stuff that he can't control. His little mate "Jase" needs a kick in the taint- god what a whiner! I gather he evolves as a character and stuff so I'll stay with it but I feel like shaking him (and Bren for being patient with the most annoying person ever).
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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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Foreigner (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Inheritor (Foreigner, #3)
  • Precursor (Foreigner, #4)
  • Defender (Foreigner, #5)
  • Explorer (Foreigner, #6)
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“But his political sense kept up a persistent itch that said: A, Given ignorance in the mix, stupidity was at least as common in politics as astute maneuvering; B, Crisis always drew insects; and, C, Inevitably the party trying to resolve a matter had to contend with the party most willing to exploit it.” 7 likes
“Tabini was at least canny enough in the differences between atevi and human to know that, gut level, he might think he understood - but chances were very good that he wouldn't, couldn't, and never would, unaided by the paidhi, come up with the right forecast of human behavior because he didn't come with the right hardwiring. Average people didn't analyze what they thought: they thought they thought, and half of it was gut reaction.” 4 likes
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