In the outer depths of the universe lies the Great Emptiness, where something dreadful lurks, hidden behind a great gravitational lens of dark matter. Something horrific that howls and writhes and rages across 300 million light-years of space - and is now heading straight for the Commonwealth and moving faster all the time.
One slim chance exists to avert catastrophe, and only Flinx can take it. Roaming the galaxy is a conscious planet-size weapons system, the legacy of a long-extinct race. As Flinx is the only one who has ever experienced mental contact with the machine, it is his job to find the powerful alien artifact and coax it into joining the battle against the behemoth from beyond.
So Pip and Flinx valiantly sail into the unknown aboard their little spaceship, which is immediately forced down for emergency repairs on planet Arrawd, home to less advanced sentients and therefore off-limits to space travelers. But what with Arrawd being very beautiful, and Flinx being Flinx, this particular rule doesn't stand a chance.
Now, Flinx is no stranger to murderous attacks and stalking assassins - evading them occupies most of his waking hours - but to be besieged by hordes bent on worshipping him as a god? Worse still, escaping this fate is going to be as impossible as fulfilling his dire mission. What's a deity to do?
Another installment in the adventures of Pip and Flinx. You should listen to the series in sequence to get the full effect. The series allows you to follow the life of Flinx as he mature, while enjoying a stand-alone adventure in each and every book. The books are fun, nicely paced and filled with light hearted humor. Genuinely worth the listen if you are into sy-fy. This particular book in the series also takes a poke at humanities views on cults, while mixing in some of the pitfalls of politics in a humorous manner
I've really enjoyed the Pip and Flinx series, but this book seemed to be more of a side story away from the main theme that the other books have been leading us along. I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as the others, and was impatient for it to end or come back to the series story line of the last few books. Maybe it is just me, but this is NOT my favorite book of the series.
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Flinx and Pip are my favorite novels. I have read or listened to them multiple times. My favorite part is when Flinx is all excited to explore and thinks his interacting is safe. Seeing new places and meeting alians sounds awesome even though some are terrifying.
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I love Alan Dean Foster's writing style. Its hard to go wrong with his stories.
What would have made Running from the Deity better?
The Flinx and Pip stories seem to have become nothing more than a formula that is repeated over and over. This one is worst than most because Flinx seems to have become blind to the consequences of his actions. there is very little in the book that advances the story of the great emptiness. From the reviews of the next couple books I think I'm not going to bother with the rest of the series
Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Dean Foster again?