Review of “Visitor”

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“Visitor” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by C. J. Cherryh (aka Carolyn Janice Cherry) (http://www.cherryh.com/WaveWithoutAShore/). Ms. Cherryh has published more than 70 novels. This is the 17th novel in her ‘Foreigner’ series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The novel is set in the far future where humanity has spread to the stars and in some cases, has lost the path home to Earth. The main character is Bren Cameron. Cameron is an emissary of both the human president of Mospheria and the Atevi leader.

He is an interpreter and diplomat. He represents all parties to arrive at an acceptable, peaceful resolution of issues. In prior volumes of this series, Cameron traveled to the station Reunion to rescue humans stranded there. They had been unexpectedly attacked by an unknown race, the Kyo.

Through Cameron’s efforts, his ship was allowed to rescue the surviving humans. Now home at Alpha Station, Cameron and the others find that a Kyo ship in in route to ‘visit’. Cameron is tasked to handle the visitors and avoid a war with this strange species. He must work hard with the visitors to learn one another’s languages.

The fear is that with their proven superior weapons, the visitors can cause significant damage to both Alpha and the Atevi home world. While Cameron struggles to achieve enough language skills to effectively communicate with the Kyo, he must also ease tensions and prevent an attack like Reunion Station suffered.

I enjoyed the 13.5 hours I spent reading this 376 page novel. Since it is one in a series (there are 16 previous volumes) it was a little hard to pick up and read on its own. There was a reasonable overview in the first chapter, but it took a while for me to get used to the strange names and the back history. While this is a Science Fiction novel, it is more of a political Thriller in the story content. The story was a little slow, but I did enjoy it and would read others in this series. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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