The Third Lynx (Quadrail) Hardcover – October 30, 2007
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"An inventive plot…Zahn's strength is hard science fiction, and he excels at technical description. The comic-book-like nonstop action will attract fans of the genre." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Night Train to Rigel
"Zahn plays out his suspense as deftly as always, building a tense situation and ultimately defusing it in believable and pleasing ways." --Locus on Manta's Gift
"Zahn paints every futuristic detail with gleamy realism and mock-scientific dialogue that streams with starship hardware and military trooper talk. Immensely appealing." --Kirkus Reviews on Angelmass
"Through in-depth characterization, as well as toothsome scientific and political mysteries, Zahn unfolds an intricate tale of adventure sure to please his many fans." --Publishers Weekly on Angelmass
About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (October 30, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076531732X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765317322
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.19 x 1.19 x 8.08 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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and royally ream them out for all their deceptions, lies, and questionable doings that arguably make them uncomfortably similar to the Modhri, the pod-like, brain-infiltrating, telepathically linked parasitic entity enemy they had hired him to somehow deal with. Somewhat understandably, he ends up subjecting most everyone to a test, to see if he can ever trust them. The Modhri fails, Bayta passes with flying colors, and the Chahwyn pass,... just barely. As a result Frank consents to continue with his mission to oppose the Modhri, who he doesn’t trust at all, in partnership with Bayta, who he ALMOST completely trusts, and in the employment of the Chahwyn, who he trusts more than he trusts the Modhri,...
Already holding a job from people he doesn’t entirely trust, Frank Compton is in no particular mood to get hired by somebody else while he’s trying to do it (though doing so might provide some useful cover), but Mr. “Smith” is very persistent,... so when he ends up dead a short time later,... suspicion naturally falls on Frank, suspicion urged up by the objectionable agent Morse who seems to have a bone to pick with Frank… and maybe a whole skeleton.
Once more Frank and Bayta are tangling with the Modhri, racing against each other to track down “The Third Lynx”, a mysterious ancient piece of sculpture that at the start only the Modhri knows the purpose of. By the end pretty much the whole galaxy is at stake, per the usual.
This was another hoot and a half! No second book letdown in this series! I look forward to reading the next books in the series:
Odd Girl Out ,
The Domino Pattern , and
Judgement at Proteus .
It looks to continue being a Hell of a ride!
The second thing I really like is how the antagonist is learning and changing. You don’t always see that happen on both sides but is pretty important if you carry the same baddy through multiple books.
I was a bit surprised to find that Zahn chose to write a sequel for the book Night train to Rigel. Surprised simply because when compared to other amazing works (Icarus Hunt for one) I can imagine much more deserving stories which need another book.
The first book of this series worked well in the same way that Icarus Hunt did. It dropped you in the middle of a story and left you curious, interested and confused for the rest of the book. Sadly, this book lacks a large amount of the mystery which made Rigel so interesting. Knowing the enemy, the setting and all of the background before the book started actually destroyed the fun.
It is told in the same quirky, fast paced, first person view that many of Zahn's stories are told. Although, I have to admit, the constant self-assured and cocky attitude of the main character did get old after a while. It did keep me interested through the whole book and it comes off as a short read since most of the scenes blend so seamlessly into each other.
If you have actually read Night Train to Rigel and liked it, then pick up this book and you will still find some enjoyment out of it. If you are new to the works of Timothy Zahn, well then I would recommend you pick up Icarus Hunt or the Conquer's Trilogy long before you set sites on this.
The setup is as unimaginative as the start of most role playing adventures which start in a tavern. This tavern happens to be in the first class car of a train system that runs through inter-dimensional space connecting various parts of the galaxy with a map as confusing as the London Underground. Sadly, the book's plot is no where near as complex as the underground.
One of the interesting things about the series is that it blends a film noir mystery with sci-fi concepts. But if you move the train system back onto Earth, change the aliens to humans, and swap the mind controlling Modhri with brainwashed cultists... well there are dozens of examples to choose from and the noir-SF blend becomes the ONLY interesting aspect. The book shows nothing new, exciting or original, the characters are wooden, and the plot is as transparent as air.
For fans of Timothy Zahn, and I'm still one of them, I'd give this whole series a miss. Pick up a John Scalzi novel, you'd be pleasantly surprised and entertained. These are very easy reads. One of the other reviewers compared them to young adult fiction, but I don't think they're even as 'complicated' as a Hardy Boy Adventure story.
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In der Tradition von Mickey Spillane versucht sich Timothy Zahn recht erfolgreich am Krimi.