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Patrimony (Pip & Flinx series Book 12) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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Book Description

In this new Pip & Flinx thriller, Alan Dean Foster displays the brilliance that has made him one of the brightest lights in science fiction. In Patrimony, fans will learn more about their favorite redhead–with emerald eyes, uncanny powers, and a poisonous minidrag–than they ever dreamed possible.

“I know who your father is . . . Gestalt.” A shocked Flinx hears these dying words from one of the renegade eugenicists whose experiments with humans twenty-odd years ago shocked the galaxy . . . and spawned Flinx. So Flinx and his minidrag, Pip, venture to Gestalt, an out-of-the-way planet perfect for someone who never wants to be found–disregarding the advice of those who think Flinx could make better use of his time locating the ancient, sentient weapons platform that could be the galaxy’s only chance of stopping the exterminating scourge that’s fast approaching. Flinx might agree with them–but the quest for patrimony wins out. (Sorry, galaxy!)
Could Gestalt supply the key to Flinx’s shadowy past and strange powers? An eccentric loner in a remote area could be the father Flinx has never stopped searching for, perhaps the only person who can unravel the mystery of his birth and his amazing, agonizing powers. An eccentric longer in a remote area of the distant planet could be he father Flinx has never stopped searching for, perhaps the only person who can unravel the mystery of Flinx’s birth and his amazing, agonizing powers.

Unfortunately for Flinx, Gestalt also hosts a resident bounty hunter who’s just learned about the stupendous reward offered for a certain dead redhead. Flinx gets a chance to test his adversary’s skills when our hero’s skimmer is blasted out of the sky and into a raging river in the middle of nowhere–a nowhere of impassable terrain and ravenous, carnivorous beasts.

But hey, what’s one more impossible challenge for someone who’s spent his life defying the odds and escaping the inescapable? Flinx has one thing going for him . . . plenty of experience.

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    From Publishers Weekly

    The whimsical adventures of sometime thief and con artist Flinx and his empathetic pet minidrag, Pip, are winding to a close in this penultimate installment (after 2006's Trouble Magnet) of their 35-year-old series. When not helping Bran Tse-Mallory and the Eint Truzenzuzex save the galaxy, Flinx has spent much of his life wondering about the identity of his father. Now he's traced his origins to the planet Gestalt, thanks to the dying words of a survivor from the Merliorare Society, a renegade eugenicist group. As if the native dangers of Gestalt weren't enough, Flinx is also being hunted by an assassin hired by the mysterious Order of Null. Flinx and Pip will have to survive ambushes, accidents and a deadly feud between rival groups of philosophers before they eventually find the information Flinx is after. Their breakneck journey will entertain the duo's many fans. (Oct.)
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    About the Author

    Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Transformers, Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 301 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345485076
    • Publisher: Del Rey (October 30, 2007)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000W964UO
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Some differences but mostly the same October 31, 2007
    By Floored
    Supposedly this is the penultimate Pip and Flinx novel. Alan Dean Foster is presumably winding up for some sort of grand finish that will hopefully leave all of the fans who've stuck with the series through the years, satisfied. Based on this novel, frankly I doubt it will happen, but I am willing to plug on and let myself be surprised.

    Over the last few years Pip and Flinx have become, well... mechanical. There seems to be a formula to writing one of these novels and Foster doesn't seem to bother trying to break it. In each novel recently there is the "New World" with "A New Species of Alien" there is the "Evil man / Bounty Hunter / Criminal Mastermind" who is out to get Flinx, and there are a number of highly formulaic action sequences. This book has all of these things. If you were expecting a return to the quality of earlier Pip & Flinx novels you will be disappointed. If you were expecting the book to greatly advance the plot you will be disappointed.

    However I did notice one interesting difference between this novel and past Foster novels. In no other book have I ever seen Foster kill off so many secondary characters i.e. people who befriend Flinx. I wonder if Foster is preparing himself for his next book? If so he might be better served trying to retrieve the joy he must have once had in writing a good book. The final Pip & Flinx book should be a labor of love, not just a job that he spends a couple hours a day on and doesn't really give a damned about.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Following a Lead May 2, 2008
    Patrimony (2007) is the thirteenth SF novel in the Flinx series, following Trouble Magnet. In the previous volume, Flinx lands on Viseria and intervenes in a conflict between street kids and an Underhouse master. In the resulting fight, he meets a dying man who claims to be the last member of the Meliorare Society who hasn't been mindwiped. He also states that he knows Flinx's father and mentions the planet Gestalt.

    In this novel, Flinx and Pip arrive at Gestalt on the Teacher. The ship control and shuttling landing procedures are very informal. Then Flinx encounters a dangerous animal on the landing field, but is rescued by an administrator with a big gun.

    Gestalt is not much like any other planet of his experience. Although the humans are living among the Tlel, their relationships are quite casual and mostly friendly. However, some Tlel have philosophical differences with each other that can also endanger humans.

    Although his first inquiries are fruitless, Flinx begins to look for local humans that match the Meliorare Society profile. He has a few false leads, but finally identifies one person who might be his father. He arranges for a flitter and a native guide.

    In this story, a local personage of quite evil disposition discovers that an offworld visitor matches a wanted notice from the Order of Null. Norvin Halvorsen starts tracing Flinx, but is always a step behind his quarry. Finally, Halvorsen is forced to use other means of tracking his prey.

    Halvorsen attacks the flitter containing Flinx, Pip and Bleshmaa, the native guide. Flinx manages to damage Halvorsen's flitter and cause it to return to base.
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars MacGuffin November 15, 2007
    Alan Dean Foster has taken the MacGuffin technique to an extreme level. For approximately three decades spanning 13 novels we have been teased with the MacGuffin i.e. Flinx's father's identity. It is only important to Flinx and does nothing for the individual stories in each novel or the overall fight against the great evil. Now that we FINAlLY have resolved this MacGuffin we can move on to the main order of business viz. looking for the Tar Aim Krang and figuring out a way to combat the galaxy destroying great evil.This book does not compare with the quality of earlier novels such as BloodHype or the End of Matter, seems more like a repeat of mediocre novels like Running from the Deity or Trouble Magnet. Most likely it could have been a couple of introductory chapters of Flinx Transcendent. I have been a fan of the Flinx saga spanning decades but my patience is running short. No more forays into different derivates of the Midworld story, we need to get on with the main plot.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Mostly Fluff January 6, 2008
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    I've been a reader of all the Flinx series books and I must say this one is disappointing. While the question of Flinx's father is finally answered, there was not really any Flinx & Pip action to speak of. The book is mostly filler and bad filler at that. This is really a short story that was stuffed to make it novel size.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars More filler, more disappointment... February 27, 2008
    Another in the line of Flinx books that tells us little and takes us nowhere. This is beginning to feel like a really bad video game in which you are forced to accept numerous annoying side-quests to pass a single door and get on with the story...


    Flinx has something to do, we've know that for a LONG time. How about we get on with it already? These last few books feel thrown together more to keep people reading and money flowing than any urge to expand the story. We resolve some of Flinx's parentage which was something but hardly enough to justify what's really just a large novella.

    Here's to hoping the next book goes SOMEWHERE. Because if it doesn't it will be the last Flinx story I read...
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
    Published 1 month ago by A. J. Downs
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Addition To The Flinx and Pip Series
    Another great A.D. Foster book in the Flinx & Pip series. I have been reading this series since it began, maybe 20 or so years ago. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by John J. Baglione
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good series
    Published 4 months ago by Thomas Kuwahara
    3.0 out of 5 stars Patrimony (Adventures of Pip&Flinx) by Alan Dean Foster
    I have liked the adventures so much that I thought I would introduce my grandchildren to this series. I was very disappointed. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Delores Gomez
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun Flinx novel
    Enjoyed this book, the penultimate book in the long-running Flinx and Pip books. Looking forward to finishing the series with the next book, Flinx: Transcendent. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by David R Floyd
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... wrote the first 3 star wars movies but was nice enough to give...
    For those of you that don't know Alan Dean Foster is the one that wrote the first 3 star wars movies but was nice enough to give Lucas the credit because he used his idea's he also... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Slip
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book series
    Great book series. I am reading the whole series for the second time and loving it even more this tim.
    Published 7 months ago by Ken Kendall
    3.0 out of 5 stars An End But No Beginning
    Typical well written Alan Dean Foster book. An interesting end to a long running plot. No clear teaser to the next.
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    More About the Author

    Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

    Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.

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