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Trouble Magnet: A Pip & Flinx Adventure by Alan Dean Foster
Review by Paul Haggerty
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0345485041
Date: 28 November, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The twelfth volume in the long running Adventures of Pip and Flinx, Trouble Magnet deals with emotional burn-out. For several books now, Flinx has been on a quest to find an ancient weapons system that might be able to defend the galaxy against an oncoming evil. Not that the quest has played much part in the stories, it's more just a background thing used to high-light why Flinx shouldn't go off doing what he ends up doing. In this case, Flinx has nearly decided that humanity can just go hang. Why should he give up everything in his life for a species that doesn't act like it deserves it? To answer this last question, Flinx decides to land on the planet Visaria. The plan is to walk around a bit and let humanity prove its case simply by existing. Of course with Flinx's aversion to concentrations of sentient beings, this has all the hallmarks of a highly biased experiment. Flinx is setting humanity up to lose. 

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The twelfth volume in the long running Adventures of Pip and Flinx, Trouble Magnet deals with emotional burn-out. For several books now, Flinx has been on a quest to find an ancient weapons system that might be able to defend the galaxy against an oncoming evil. Not that the quest has played much part in the stories, it's more just a background thing used to high-light why Flinx shouldn't go off doing what he ends up doing. In this case, Flinx has nearly decided that humanity can just go hang. Why should he give up everything in his life for a species that doesn't act like it deserves it? To answer this last question, Flinx decides to land on the planet Visaria. The plan is to walk around a bit and let humanity prove its case simply by existing. Of course with Flinx's aversion to concentrations of sentient beings, this has all the hallmarks of a highly biased experiment. Flinx is setting humanity up to lose.

(Source: Del Rey)

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