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Betrayer (Foreigner, Book 12) Hardcover – April 5, 2011

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Book 12 of 13 in the Foreigner Series

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"Fans of the series will be enthralled with the character development and the rich content of this political thriller...the rich character dialogue and plot twists will keep you reading long into the night." —RT Book Reviews

"This is one of the best science fiction series currently running." —Strange Horizons

About the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1st edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406547
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've written sf and fantasy for publication since 1975...but I've written a lot longer than that. I have a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, that sort of thing; my hobbies are travel, photography, planetary geology, physics, pond-building for koi...I run a marine tank, can plumb most anything, and I figure-skate.

I believe in the future: I'm an optimist for good reason---I've studied a lot of history, in which, yes, there is climate change, and our species has been through it. We've never faced it fully armed with what we now know, and if we play our cards right, we'll use it as a technological springboard and carry on in very interesting ways.

I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.

My personal websites and blog:

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By M. Jacobs VINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes I wonder why I continue with this series, given that (after the previous eleven installments) I always know exactly what I'm going to get: Bren Cameron taking a delicate diplomatic situation in hand, thinking and worrying about it a lot, engaging in extended conversations with the various players, perhaps dodging the occasional bullet, and then tying matters up in a relatively neat little package. A moment later I remember that I regard these characters, human and ateva alike, as something akin to old friends. Then, naturally, I go out and buy the latest volume.

Long-time fans of the series won't be disappointed with Ms. Cherryh's latest offering. In this go-round, Bren is dealing with a particularly obstreperous opponent: Machigi, the nominal leader of the Marid and one of Tabini's most dangerous enemies. For folks who haven't read the previous books, however, there is no point in starting with this volume, as it won't make any sense to you. The political maneuverings and considerations involved here are sufficient to give even a veteran reader of the series the occasional mild headache, as is usual.

Pick this one up and read it for Bren, Cajeiri, and the rest; it'll be a satisfying use of your time.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Whitehouse on April 6, 2011
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CJ Cherryh's Foreigner universe gains complexity and nuance in this twelth of the series. Once again alien psychology and political maneuvering takes center stage, but action has not been omitted. As with many of Ms Cherryh's books and most long series, the action takes a little time to rev up, as there is so much stage to set. The political situation in the book has been building for at least four previous books, and insights into the Assassins Guild are doled out in small portions as they are revealed to the protagonist. Ms Cherryh's books all unfold themselves from the viewpoint of one or two central characters, and the reader only knows what these characters know. Unlike many books of the genre and indeed many Mystery books as well, the reader does not have a God's Eye View or understanding of the activity. The reader does not feel cheated by a "gotcha" that no one could have foreseen. My only quibble is that the use of Cajieri as the alien atevi observer gives away perhaps too much emotion, but not enough understanding of the atevi psychological makeup. This is understandable as Cajieri is not yet felicitous nine years old. Bren on the otherhand lets us use an all too human viewpoint to compare and contrast the atevi mindset. In the end the reader understands more about being human. The relationship between Bren and Jago does not progress very much (activity takes place over about three or four days) but the reader's understanding of man'chi (akin to loyalty, devotion, etc.) presents some satisfying and somewhat surprising twists between Cajieri and the Assassin Veijico, and Bren and his aishid of Banichi, Jago, Algini and Tano plus Lucasi. The Assassin's Guild is left with a large mess to clean up but the situation has not yet reached its climax.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. SEWELL on April 6, 2011
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Also as usual, I started reading after informal human dinner and wound up finishing bleary-eyed at 3 a.m. As another reviewer said, it was the same old stuff, but I could hardly wait to read it, and would now start counting the days until #13 comes out, if I knew when that would be. I will admit to fascination with the character of Machigi; I can hardly wait until he meets Tabini and Ilisidi. Can a room or even a large building contain them without their personalities spontaneously sparking a conflagration. Since I have a soft spot for Lord Geigi, I enjoyed his interplay with all of the characters, especially the rapidly maturing Cajeiri. Wonder of wonders, even Barb improved a tiny bit. As for Bren, Banichi, Jago, Tano, and Algini -- not enough words, except, please hurry. Warning though, one minor caveat: If I could reduce the rating to only 4.9 stars I would. I swear that if I had had to read one more condensed version of the Marid/Ragi/Edi/West Coast history, I would have torn the page out, and just think what that would have done to my 12 volume perfect first edition set of C J Cherryh's Foreigner series. Almost forgot the young Dur and his bright yellow plane. Will Cajeiri get a ride?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bren Cameron is the paidhi-aiji negotiator with the Atevi. He and the ruler of all of the ai-shidi'tat states, Tabini-aiji, have become close friends especially during the recent civil war in which the human's skills at solving difficult issues proved valuable.

However, though the capital of Bujavid is back under full control, hostilities remain especially in the Marid District, which borders on Bren's estate. Tabini's grandmother Illisidi assigns Bren to use his negotiating skills to broker a deal between Tabini-aiji and upstart ambitious Machigi of the Marad. Machigi is interested in what the first human he has met says, but distrusts sly Illisidi. Instead he invokes Atevi law by naming Bren the mediator between his unstable side and that of the leader. Knowing Atevi history better than almost any native, Bren knows the most difficult part of the assignment is staying alive as mediators almost always are the only thing two fractious sides agree on; that is death to the mediator.

The third book in the fourth Foreigner Universe series (see Deceiver and Conspirator) is a terrific cerebral entry with plenty of action, but the political machinations are the backbone to the exciting story line. The human hero is once again caught in the middle but this time he must prove loyal to both sides in the debate; not easy to achieve since he and Tabini are close friends. Fast-paced, as always in this saga, readers need a chapter or two adjust to the local dialect as C.J. Cherryh transports her audience to the Foreigner Universe.

Harriet Klausner
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