Allan Dean Foster
Del Rey, Nov 2003, 24.95, 272 pp.
The outlawed Gengineer Melianare Society biomanipulated Flinx's neurological system giving him the ability to read minds and projects emotions. He is a very powerful empathic telepath who many races take a very deep interest in, which is why he travels under false credentials. The viru-ujurians, who are under indictment, gave Flinx a ship that is unlike any in the Commonwealth. They would like him to use it to keep him safe.
He is a very lonely twenty-four year old man who is only emotionally bonded to Pip, an Alesphinian minidras snake who regards Flinx as his bondmate and protector. Needing someone to confide in about his dreams where he is the key to saving the universe from something that is coming in the distant future, he travels to the planet New Riviera. There he connects with his old girlfriend Trinity in the hopes she can help him figure out if his dreams are a premonition of things to come. While on the planet, he has to deal with Trinity's boyfriend who is trying to kill him. He also must contend with a group that knows what Flinx is dreaming about is true and want to eliminate him so the cosmos will be destroyed.
With every Flinx and Pip adventure, readers come one step closer to learning how Flinx will grow into his mental powers. Many races and people believe he is the key to saving the universe from a threat that is not fully understood. The way they protect him from his myriad of enemies is quite interesting but not as fascinating as the blossoming romance of Flinx and Trinity who is bonded to Pip's offspring. FLINX'S FOLLY is space opera at its finest.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner