Defender by C J Cherryh
Book 5 in the Foreigner Universe
One of the best long-running SF series in existence, Cherryh's Foreigner Universe books tell the story of a small human colony abandoned on a planet inhabited by the atevi, an alien race whose humanoid anatomy disguises radically different instincts and thought patterns.
Misunderstandings have led to war in the past and make human/atevi diplomacy incredibly difficult. Bren Cameron trained for decades to be the paidhi, the only human allowed to negotiate with the atevi, overseeing the slow transfer of advanced human technology to the brilliant but less advanced natives of the planet in trade for vital raw materials.
Eventually, Bren changed sides, becoming the representative of Tabini, the atevi's ruler, to humanity. Now the political situation has been complicated by the return of the Phoenix, the starship whose much hated crew abandoned the colonists some two centuries earlier, and, worse yet, by the starship's report that its crew has discovered a hostile space-faring race relatively nearby......
Hardcover: 314 pages
Publisher: DAW Hardcover; First edition 2001
Size: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
Weight: 1.2 pounds
Condition: Excellent, no writing, tight binding, slight slant to spine, minor to no corner, edge or spine wear.
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