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Three years have passed since we left Bren Cameron in the dangerous work of translator between the Atevi and the humans who are trapped on their world. Or maybe not as trapped as they had been, since the human ship has returned to the abandoned space station hanging over their heads. The fact that the humans have a deep seeded, cultural distrust of the Phoenix ship crew only complicates the problem since they don't trust the Atevi, either.

And the ship hasn't returned with good news. There is another species in space, and they are not at all friendly. They may be heading this way.

In those three years, the Atevi have done the practically impossible. They've built a shuttle and they've made some practice runs to the station. Everything is going smoothly.

So why has the leader of the Atevi suddenly ordered Bren to go to the station? And why is it at this crucial moment that his human family seems to be complicating the situation with their own problems?

But that's nothing compared to the trouble he's about to have with the ship's captains who suddenly find they have an Atevi presence on the station.

Book 4 of the Foreigner sequence starts fast and never slows down. Bren and his Atevi companions have their hands full with dangers on every side and little cooperation from anyone. They're only hope for back up is weeks away with the return of the shuttle. There's no easy answer on whom to trust among the humans, and, as always, no easy answer for Bren.

For those who have read all the books up to this point, the understanding of the Atevi and their culture starts to make it easier to predict some of their moves and to understand what will happen in some instances -- but even for Bren, there are occasional surprises.

This was a fun, fast book to read. The sense of things changing in the world, of the dangers lurking not only in space but close to home, makes Precursor a great lead into even more trouble to come!




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