The Light-Years Beneath My Feet
Alan Dean Foster
the second in the Taken Trilogy. The four friends go to another planet since Marc is now a chef. End up meddling in politics to further their journey home. Still pursued by the aliens that originally kidnapped them. Ends with them leaving for a part of the galaxy that “might” be familiar with one of the non-terran aliens. Nice and light and not crass like the first.