Using his enhanced empathic abilities, Flinx finesses his way into a top-secret security installation on Earth. Once there, he bamboozles a sophisticated AI program into releasing classified information about the Meliorare Society, the sect of renegade eugenicists whose experiments with human beings had horrified the civilized universe more than twenty years ago. After all, as one of the few Meliorare experiments to survive, Flinx has a right to know about his past. Especially since his telepathic powers seem to be evolving. The question is, evolving into what? The excruciating headaches afflicting Flinx with increasing frequency make him wonder if he will be alive to find out. . . .
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Alan Dean Foster.
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"Best-seller Foster has created yet another entertaining adventure story in the far-flung reaches of a far-future outer space.... Using the traditional cliff-hangers and narrow escapes of classic SF adventure page-turners, and propelling Flinx from one crisis to another, from moral dilemma to deus-ex-machina, Foster enlists multiple formulas for a surefire . . . experience that should appeal to space-opera fans." (Publishers Weekly)
"Flinx's trek through the deadly desert and his encounters with the AAnn make for a good read." (Locus)
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Flinx in his search for a way to stop the "great evil" runs into his younger Sister and Sparks Fly.... Good read
"Entertaining but insufferably long-winded."
My advice is to skip this one and glean the important plot points from Wikipedia. The best thing about this book is the short sequence where Flinx explores Pyrasis; Foster's world-building is captivating as always, but that short segment is hardly worth the amount you have to sit through to get to it. This book badly needed a better editor. It reads like the author was getting paid by the word, or maybe the letter, with doubly-, triply-, and even quadruply-redundant sentences, and at least one chapter that reduces down to about three unique statements. Even worse, the dialogue and narrative are crammed to bursting with ostentatious words like "concomitant" and "extirpate", making everyone sound like they swallowed a word-of-the-day calendar. It only gets more annoying when the fancy words are used incorrectly. Adding insult to injury, the non-word "irregardless" appears at least twice, which is two more times than should EVER happen in a professionally published work. Like I said before, skip this one and go to Wikipedia for the important bits.
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