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[[ Download E-pub ]] õ Night Train to Rigel ⛓ HUMANITY S LAST HOPEIt begins when a man delivers a message for former government agent Frank Compton only to fall dead at his feet The message is a summons from the Spiders, the exotic and mysterious creatures who run the Quadrail, an incredible transportation system connecting civilizations across the galaxy The Spiders believe that someone or something is preparing to attack their entire network and the worlds it serves, by smuggling battleships through the Quadrail something that should be impossible to do Compton, with the aid of a beautiful but enigmatic agent of the Spiders, is their last hopeBecause nobody else has been able to find the elusive enemy who seeks to enslave the entire galaxy and Earth is its next target Having read Timothy Zahn before, I was a sucker fors try these Kindle books teaser I picked up Night Train to Rigel after reading the sample.I mean, what s not to like Gritty, forcibly retired, ex Gman with a history of pissing off the wrong people space travel by train star spanning empires with cool technologies and the hint of war people dropping dead mysteriously betrayals mind control and Hitchcock references.Actually, it was the train I liked the most and something that pla Having read Timothy Zahn before, I was a sucker fors try these Kindle books teaser I picked up Night Train to Rigel after reading the sample.I mean, what s not to like Gritty, forcibly retired, ex Gman with a history of pissing off the wrong people space travel by train star spanning empires with cool technologies and the hint of war people dropping dead mysteriously betrayals mind control and Hitchcock references.Actually, it was the train I liked the most and something that played a huge part in the plot The idea of traveling by train always struck me as the epitome of romantic adventurousness and Zahn does a good job bringing this into space.Frank Compton is hired by the Spider who run the interstellar train system to investigate am impending political disaster But a he s already got a job that he can t tell anyone about and b it becomes pretty clear pretty quickly that he s been set up to sniff out what s really going on.I have to say I found the first part of this book a little contrived The justification the Spiders give for hiring Compton seems lame and a lot of the observations that Compton makes seemthan the intuitive leaps of a good investigator.But as I read further, it became clear that the first half was really just to set up the second half I found the end a little too neat as well, but I like the world so much that I ll be back for a second helping with book 2 of the Compton Quadrail series Odd Girl Out This is the first of a five book Quadrail series And, my GR friends are likely aware that I know how it ends because I have previous reviewed books 3,4, and 5.I liked this series so much that I have gone back to book 1 to see how it all began Frank Compton, the best trouble shooter private eye in the known universe, is at the center of a very puzzling assignment that begins with a dying man who hands him a Quadrail ticket but no explanation Very soon he finds that the Spiders want to hi This is the first of a five book Quadrail series And, my GR friends are likely aware that I know how it ends because I have previous reviewed books 3,4, and 5.I liked this series so much that I have gone back to book 1 to see how it all began Frank Compton, the best trouble shooter private eye in the known universe, is at the center of a very puzzling assignment that begins with a dying man who hands him a Quadrail ticket but no explanation Very soon he finds that the Spiders want to hire his services It is not long before we meet Bayta, whom the Spiders insist must be his partner This is an affront to Compton who is a loner and likes to do things his way and his way alone There are plenty of alien species in this series including the Spiders who run the Quadrail that can take anyone at faster than light speeds around the galaxy , as well as, Filiaelians, Juriani, Bellidos, Halkas, Shorshians, etc Zahn has done an excellent job of world building and has thought out not only the physical aspects of these alien races but how their thought processes and cultures might differ and on what multiple species might collaborate.Compton is a throwback to the Philip Marlowe type Zahn deftly handles this vibe in a world of the future Here is an example that I feel illustrates this as Compton attempts to console Bayta I m sorry, I said If it helps any, there was probably nothing you could have done to save him If you d been there, it would have been two of you dead instead of one I know that She took a deep breath, let it out tiredly But all the logic and reason in the world doesn t help when someone was your friend I turned away I ll take your word for it I could feel her eyes on me You have friends, Frank, she said Or at least, they re there if you want them I ll take your word for it, I said again, a littlebrusquely this time I didn t need her sympathy Nothing is as it seems in this novel or the entire series Action is almost non stop and the dialogue is snappy I m glad that I went back for this book which demonstrates how well Zahn had all of this thought out from the start This book is not meant to be thought provoking its characters are not meant to be great thinkers nor are they meant to be overly developed it is not written to become the next Great American Novel No it is meant to be a fun romp, an homage to the spy flicks that it constantly references The old spy flicks of the 60s 80s even some of the newer ones don t give us great characters, deep thinking or plot developments they give us action, conspiracies, villains and nifty gadgets And, in This book is not meant to be thought provoking its characters are not meant to be great thinkers nor are they meant to be overly developed it is not written to become the next Great American Novel No it is meant to be a fun romp, an homage to the spy flicks that it constantly references The old spy flicks of the 60s 80s even some of the newer ones don t give us great characters, deep thinking or plot developments they give us action, conspiracies, villains and nifty gadgets And, in keeping with the science fiction aspect of this book weird aliens Read it for what it is brain candy And enjoy it for that I won t go into plot details but if you are a fan of campy spy movies, sci fi kitsch or b movies, I think you ll find this book to be a lot of fun And, of course, go out and buy Timothy Zahn s many other fabulous books, which DO give you wonderful characters and plots he has several that I have read and enjoyed just as much This is a multi faceted, very talented author For those who are disappointed in this book well, go and try a few of his Star Wars books I guarantee, even if you aren t a fan of Star Wars, you WON T be disappointed They are marvelous 2.5I think it took me a lifetime to read this book Ok, maybe it just felt that way because I was bored for so much of it Honestly, it s not a bad book But I felt it went on longer than it needed to, considering the plot was just a guy riding a galactic train back and forwards, following handily laid out clues and reacting to things I might have just called a meh read, except for one major oversight that I m so tired of seeing Zahn created a whole galaxy, full of several planets and a ton 2.5I think it took me a lifetime to read this book Ok, maybe it just felt that way because I was bored for so much of it Honestly, it s not a bad book But I felt it went on longer than it needed to, considering the plot was just a guy riding a galactic train back and forwards, following handily laid out clues and reacting to things I might have just called a meh read, except for one major oversight that I m so tired of seeing Zahn created a whole galaxy, full of several planets and a ton of different species Do you know, there s not a single woman among them Not one Not one rides the train Not one works in any of the stations Not one was in a restaurant or hotel Not one passes the main character on the street With the exception of his sidekick, the beautiful but enigmatic agent of the Spiders, whose sole character trait is her lack of personality, there is not a single female of any sort in all 300 pages of this book AUTHORS, STOP DOING THIS This doesn t happen by accident This isn t excusable because the book is about aliens Not including females in your books is a choice you make and it infuriates me I will most likely never read another Timothy Zahn book again Because he s not a new author, and if he hasn t fixed this bad habit by this point in his career, he doesn t intend to and I can t be bothered with it