So I have now read all of the Pip and Flinx books. But I don't know why.
They're reasonably well written. Actually, that's not fair, they are very well written, but Flinx (the main character) is a jerk. He starts off as a reasonably nice kid who has to overcome the handicap of having been reared on the streets. But as he grows up he becomes more and more arrogant and thinks he has the right to judge whether or not civilization is worthy of his saving it.
In the meantime while in search of his heritage, he ruins a woman's career by bewitching her into helping him break into a secure complex that she is responsible for keeping secure. He kidnaps another female and forces her to help him go to an edicted planet (which ought to ruin her career, but we find out later that it didn't). He falls in love with a woman but feels no urgency to be with her or help her, and at one point she's tied up with bombs attached to her body and he's busy having old home week with the character who rescued them. He clearly has no care or respect for anyone but himself.
And yet I bought and read all of the books. But I don't know why.
Both the book and the narrator are good, but he mangled nearly every god's name that he said. It's not Gee-ah, it's Gie-ah. It's not Hee-rah, it's Hair-rah. It really made my teeth hurt. Why didn't they do some research on pronunciation? It would have been a lot less distracting.
I normally adore Nora Roberts writing. As I listened to this book I became more an more turned off. The heroine is a floor mat and the hero is cruel. I kept thinking, "This is as bad as a 1970's Harlequin Romance." Then I got to the end and found that is *was* a Harlequin Romance. Ah.
In the end, in typical Harlequin style, he realizes that he had totally misjudged her, and is suddenly magically a nice guy. Yeah, right. And she, like the wimp she is, accepts that he is going to change his entire personality and become the kind of man you can make a life with. Uh huh, sure.
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