Bloodhype by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my first real hiccup when reading the series in chronological order, but fortunately, it's not too bad. We still get huge action and stakes and uneasy alien alliances and a close up of the really big bad we've been teased with for the first eleven books.
But here's the funny bit: Pip and Flinx are minor characters!
It's not bad in absolute terms, just bad if you're wanting a real Flinx adventure where he's center stage.
Enter a really nasty and lethal drug, piece-of-work dealers, super-spies who are aliens, privateers, questionable alliances with nasty reptiles, and a ton of action. On its own, I'd just classify this as a Humanx novel with a short but important cameo. It's very golden-age SF. :) Light, fun, fast.
Sometimes, that's exactly what we need. :)
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