Author: Alan Dean Foster
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Rey, 1988
Series: Humanx Commonwealth, Book 22
Synopsis: It caused instant addiction, followed by an excruciating slow death, and there was no known antidote. It was a killer. Supposedly the drug had been totally eradicated from the humanx galaxy years before. At least that's what everyone thought. But somehow, mysteriously, that dreadful substance was back in circulation on Repler and threatening to wreak havoc throughout the known galaxy. Someone somewhere was secretly manufacturing Bloodhype, but nobody seemed to know where or who!
Review: Yes, this story is about a merchant who is selling the immediately addictive drug, Bloodhype. It's also about an unknown and incredibly strong alien force that lives only to kill.
The usual hero, Flinx, plays a role, but it's a fairly minor one. The main characters are a great deal of fun. There are Mal Hammurabi, a merchant freighter captain; Kitten Kai-sung, a special agent; and Porsubah, Kitten's partner who also happens to be a large, intelligent racoon-type of creature.
There were plenty of laughs and plenty of thrills. I knew the good guys would come out alright, since the series isn't done yet, but it didn't take away from the story at all. The reptilian Aann are present too and, while they are usually not on the side of good, they are always enjoyable to read about.
I love this series best for one reason. Each story follows the next chronologically, but I can stop and start as I see fit. It's almost impossible to lose my place or forget what happened last.
Rating: 7 / 10