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Triplet [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Zahn
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Book Description

For one researcher, Triplet is a marvel promising both advanced technology and magic. But a world of sinister secrets lurks just below the surface . . .

Grad student Danae Panya’s dream assignment has been approved. She’ll study Triplet, the strange planetary system scarred by nuclear war and connected through portals. The most experienced Courier of Triplet, Ravagin, will lead her to its hidden worlds—Threshold, Shamsheer, and Karyx—and introduce her to their secrets, including their advanced technology, their dark magic, and the captivating demon culture of the innermost planet. But though they begin their journey with only scholarly research in mind, Danae and Ravagin quickly find themselves embroiled in the menacing dynamics roiling throughout Triplet. Will Ravagin be able to get them both out alive?


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About the Author

Timothy Zahn is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author of more than forty novels, as well as many novellas and short stories. Best known for his contributions to the expanded Star Wars universe of books, including the Thrawn trilogy, Zahn won a 1984 Hugo Award for his novella “Cascade Point.”He also wrote the Cobra series, the Blackcollar series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series, whose first novel, Dragon and Thief, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Zahn currently resides in Oregon with his family. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1373 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094ANUJK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Zahn's best early novels September 3, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Timothy Zahn is one of the most original science fiction authors writing today. He is currently perhaps best known for his contributions to the "Star Wars" universe, particularly the novels in which he brought to life Grand Admiral Thrawn and his race, the Chiss. However, Zahn has also written four excellent short story collections and a large number of other novels, which range from fair to excellent.

Zahn's first few novels were competent but pretty standard fare involving physically enhanced (the "Cobra" series) or chemically enhanced (the "Blackcollar" series) human warriors fighting stereotypical evil aliens. But about 20 years ago he started to branch out with much more imaginative and original works and "Triplet" was one of the first of these, and perhaps the best of his early work.

The story is set on an extraordinary group of linked planets: at the start of the novel there are believed to be three of them, hence the name "Triplet". When humans first arive at Triplet, they find a derelict planet, apparently once occupied by a humanoid race who blasted themselves to extinction in a nuclear war. But on that planet is a tunnel to another world, "Shamsheer" where high technology follows Clarke's law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." And from Shamsheer there is a second tunnel which leads to the world "Karyx", where there really is magic, complete with Demogorgons, Demons, and sprites etc.

The hero and heroine of the story, Danae and Ravagin are well drawn characters. Danae Panya, or to give her real name, Danae mal ce Taeger, is the talented but spoilt and headstrong daughter of one of the richest and most powerful men in the Universe.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating premise June 13, 1998
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the STAR WARS books Zahn wrote, so when I ran across this book in the airport I snapped it up. I'm so glad I did! It's got an interesting premise of a world colonized by our spacefaring race which has a "door" to another world co-existing with it, and another "door" to yet another, more arcane world within that one. The action is gripping, the fantasy is fun and the last plot twists were unexpected (at least by me!)
If you can find it. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Triple the Reading Pleasure October 30, 2000
Format:Paperback
I read this book when it first came out some time back. It's one of the few books that I can't seem to be able to keep out of my mind. It's so unique in the plot and story line, that I put it up there with the Uplift Wars saga. An excellent book. Read it, if you can find it. Get it if you can.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I finished reading Triplet for the third time recently. I admit it was because I decided it was time to have a Timothy Zahn festival (i.e. where I re-read all his books because I am such a fan).

The story is about a woman, Danae, who is the daughter of a fabulously rich father, whom she resents deeply. She decides that the only way she is going to get away from his over-protectiveness is by traveling to the Triplet worlds, ostensibly for study, but in reality to put as much distance between Daddy and his meddling ways. And so she meets up with Ravagin, one of the professional guides whose job it is to take people into the Triplet worlds and get them back out safely.

Now when I say "Triplet Worlds" the reality is that other than the world where they depart, there are only two worlds. The first is a high tech world where no one knows that they are using high-tech; it has a medieval feel without the bad points. Think of a future SCA feudal society and you approach the flavor of the world of Shamsheer. The "third world" in this trio of worlds is so very different from the first and second that one wonders if Triplet should have been considered fantasy instead of SF. Karyx has no technology to speak of; everything is done by invoking spirits--that's right, by summoning lars and peris and elementals and demons and even demogorgons if you are foolhardy enough. Each world is connected by a portal. EAch world displays the same starry sky above as far as they can tell, and causes endless debate of the nature of the portals that take the traveler from one world to the next. Oh, and both worlds are filled with people. Normal flesh-and-blood human beings as far as we can tell.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for hardcore fantasy reader! March 14, 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Triplet is one of the best fantasy books I've come across in years. It doesn't surprise me that its hard to find!!! This book has it all, magic, high tech, spirits, mystery & and a touch of romance. Let Timonthy Zahn and his wonderful world take you away for a few hours....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The concept of this story was pretty cool. Starting from a dead and barren world, people can travel through special portals into Sahmsheer, a world of high fantasy marvels (crystal balls, flying carpets, and guardian trolls) which are actually powered by super-advanced technology, and then into Karyx, a world where innovation has been nearly replaced by the ability to summon and control spirits. Who needs to know how to DO stuff when you can just make a demon do it? The portals only work if you're completely naked, meaning no taking technology (or weapons, or even clothes) from one world to another.

Unfortunately, the full potential of the concept is never played out, and the story only goes downhill from there. The main character, Danae, is fleeing from her pampered life as the daughter of some mega-wealthy man of influence, and her childish whining and petulant behavior (not to mention that she never calls her father anything but Daddy Dearest. Ew) definitely fit in with the spoiled brat stereotype.

Ravagin, her guide, is old enough to be her father, resents being assigned to her, and seemingly can't stand a word that comes out of her mouth, not to mention being made a subject in her psychology study, so it's interesting and a little gross when they very randomly seem to fall into bed with each other 2/3 of the way through the book and suddenly saving Danae is the only thought that can spur him to murder one of their enemies. There is no character development, no real development of a relationship... where did that COME from?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It was a good idea but didn't develop like it could have.
Published 3 months ago by Jvthree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite book.
Published 4 months ago by Alexander Chernenko
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read
One of Zahn's earlier books; all the talent in storytelling evident... I enjoyed this, but love his detailed, complex books that came later. A Zahn book will never disappoint.
Published 4 months ago by September's daughter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
My boyfriend lent me his copy of this book, thinking that it would help give me a better understanding of the world of scifi and fantasy novels before diving into crafting my own. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure
Triplet is a unique book that does not easily fall into standard categories. It is part science fiction and part fantasy mixed together. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark L
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill packed awesome ride!
I chose this book because I enjoyed his Thrawn Trilogy followup to Star Wars years ago. I've been away from science fiction for too long and decided to pick up another book from an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dan Cale
3.0 out of 5 stars Took me two tries
The first time i read this I put it down almost immediately. I tried it again a few weeks later and finished it. It is an interesting mix of genres. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dana John Haakensen
3.0 out of 5 stars Triplet
Meh, it was an ok book. The plot was nice, but it took too long to get to the meat of the story for me.
Published 16 months ago by Junior Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Author
This is one of my husband's favorite authors so I donwloaded it for him. He is not disappointed so I keep an eye out for other selections by this writer.
Published 16 months ago by Jacqueline Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read and pleasant way to pass the time
I have read many Amazon reviews which complain that a book was not original but more or less followed the standard structures of its genre. I do not find this a fault. Read more
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Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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