In this sequel to Precursor, the alien atevi enter the treacherous politics of space travel-as their one human negotiator is caught in the throes of a mutiny...
Foreigner fans will enjoy Defender for the delightful story that it is: a continuation of Bren's experiences between stolid humans and the complex atevi who amuse and amaze the reader. -- KC Heath, Yet Another Book Review Site
The novel appears to be a bridge novel, not really complete in itself, between the end of Book IV, Precursor, and the beginning of the next novel in the Series. -- Jacqueline Lichtenberg, the Monthly Aspectarian
A few more thrills would have definitely helped. -- BooksForABuck.com
Merge the best violations of the prime directive of classic Star Trek with the wallop of Star Wars and the reader has DEFENDER. -- Harriet Klausner, BookBrowser
...if you prefer the action in a story to be up-front and centre, Defender might not be for you. -- Greg L. Johnson, SF Site
Readers attempting to enjoy this Book as a stand-alone may find themselves at sea, even disappointed. -- A.M. Dellamonica, Scifi.com
...I would advise a newcomer to start at the beginning, or at least with Precursor, before enjoying this one. -- Wesley Williamson, BookLoons
If you're allergic to Cherryh's prose, avoid this; it's more of the same. If not, however, this is an enjoyable new entry in an enjoyable Series. -- Elisabeth Carey, The New England Science Fiction Association, Inc.
Do the words intelligent, compelling and original command attention? -- Jean Marchand, Rambles