Here was a wide-open world for any venture a man might scheme. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers - a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time.
In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore. But Flinx wasn't quite smart enough. He should have wondered why the body was dead in the first place...
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Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
This story introduces the Listener to the "Humanx Commonwealth" and draws a wonderful picture of Moth. Flinx is young in this story, although written first this is later in the seres than, "For Love Of Mother Not" which comes first in Flinx's life. Either Novel stands on its own. The Story is a Rip Roaring Space opera/car chase that is a mystery as well. Flinx is introduced to many people who will influence him throughout the series Great Listen Highly recommended!
I got this book on a whim . . . one of Audible's penny a minute sales. The unusal title of the book got my attention, so I said what the heck!
To my suprise it was a thoughtful, entertaining, and fairly tense reading, as one seemly unconnected event leads to another. And like all good SiFi the complex events of space travel, etc, are explaided in detail - yet not so complex that we readers can get the jest of how these things work. It was a fun read and I look forward to other books in this series. Also, Stefan Rudnicki (narrator) does a wonderful job of bringing this book to life.
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This is a consistently enjoyable read. The characters are very nicely imagined and well drawn and the plot is clear, engaging and fairly satisfying. There is some nice detail about the worlds we encounter, enough to feed our imagination and bring the whole milieu into focus for us.
This is the first book I have read in the series. It does feel as though it is an adventure put together, competently, to introduce us to characters with whom we are destined to become more familiar over time. So there is a certain superficial quality to the whole thing as if the author is determined not to spend a moment more than he needs to in the service of providing some back story for later books. Still it was great fun.
My one more serious criticism is that the book should have been edited more expertly. There are quite a few awkward uses of language and even a couple malapropisms which I do not think were intended to establish character or style. The author is a better story teller than he is a word smith.
Both Flinx and his pet Pip are remarkable creatures. From worlds far different than our own, Flinx, who is in his late teens, embarks on a search for his biological parents. Pip is fiercely protective of Flinx which adds excitement to Flinx's own ability to land in dramatic and often unsafe situations. To add to the intrigue, Flinx is developing powers that are not yet very consistent. The narrator does a good job.
For those who don't know the adventures of Pip and Flinx. I would recommend this. One of the first space adventure books I ever read. It remains as entertaining in audio format. Unassuming it is a true space adventure that does not overwhelm with too much science. Something that you can really sit back and enjoy
I read this book as a kid, and it's aged quite well (I'm 44 now). Rudnicki turns out a good reading, as usual.
For the story, I am surprised how some sections paint a better picture in my head than when I read it, but some are glossed over. I was wondering if this is an abridged version or not, but the ending sort of didn't work as well as I had remembered, and for that it loses a star. 4/5, I enjoyed this light SF book which was evidently written for teenagers :)
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