The Domino Pattern (Frank Compton Series #4)

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Frank Compton used to be an agent for the security forces of Earth, but that was a piece of cake compared to what he’s had to deal with working for the aliens who run the Quadrail, an interstellar transportation system connecting a dozen civilizations across the galaxy.

 He’s been trying to end the domination of an alien lifeform called the Modhri. This enormously powerful creature wants to rule the galaxy by controlling the thoughts of all its citizens. It does so by having parts of itself “infect” others ...

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Overview

Frank Compton used to be an agent for the security forces of Earth, but that was a piece of cake compared to what he’s had to deal with working for the aliens who run the Quadrail, an interstellar transportation system connecting a dozen civilizations across the galaxy.

 He’s been trying to end the domination of an alien lifeform called the Modhri. This enormously powerful creature wants to rule the galaxy by controlling the thoughts of all its citizens. It does so by having parts of itself “infect” others on contact, and act as agents for it without them being aware they’re being manipulated. When Frank and his assistant Bayta journey to investigate a connection between the Modhri and the Filiaelians, they come up against a conspiracy on the Quadrail.

Passengers are being murdered…but something besides murder haunts the Quadrail. A plot is brewing that even the Modhri fears. And once again, Frank and Bayta may be the only ones who can stop it.

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“An easy read, the novel pays homage to the noir detective and thriller genres, and Zahn spices his novel with a variety of aliens. Nonstop action keeps the reader turning the pages.” —SFRevu.com on Odd Girl Out

 “Good thriller, full of red herrings, blind alleys, and rising tension.” —Booklist on The Third Lynx

“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

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A former security agent for Earth, Frank Compton and his partner, Bayta, now work for the aliens controlling the intergalactic Quadrail transportation system connecting a dozen civilizations across space. Their biggest enemy, the group mind known as Modhri, seeks to control the thoughts of the galaxy's citizens and set up its own rule. When passengers begin dying aboard the Quadrail, Compton attempts to discover if Modhri—or some even darker force—is responsible. VERDICT Paying tribute to such classic detective stories as Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the prolific Hugo Award-winning author (Night Train to Rigel) continually improves his skills as both a storyteller and a detailer of character. His latest sf mystery should appeal to fans of both genres.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765361936
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Frank Compton Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Zahn

TIMOTHY ZAHN is the Hugo Award–winning author of more than thirty SF novels, including Night Train to Rigel, The Third Lynx, Odd Girl Out, and the Dragonback sextet. He has also written Star Wars® novels, including the recent Allegiance. He lives in coastal Oregon.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    I don't normally read this type of Novel, but...

    It being from a Very good author of other books I have read in the Sci-Fi type of book, I decided to give it a try. It IS a Mystery novel with a Sci-Fi twist so it's not too bad as far as Mysteries go. I knocked off one star ONLY because it was a Mystery otherwise it was a very good book and definitely worth reading if you are a fan of Timothy Zahn or a fan of Mystery Novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    THe Domino Pattern is as good or better than the prior books in the series

    Timothy Zahn delivers on the promise with this new book in the series. It is just plain good reading, I'm glad it's raining, find a comfortable chair type of book. I hope his promise, implied at the end, of new books is real (no hint) because this is now getting serious. Thank you for a really good book, not The Cherry Orchard but a whole lot more fun and who needs that angst anyway.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Book 4 was excellent

    The Domino Pattern is, thus far, the best edition in the Quadrail Series. Timothy Zahn picks the story up exactly where he left off at the end of Odd Girl Out and launches the story forward with new threats, new deals, and new situations. Most of the Quadrail books have had a noir feel to them, but The Domino Pattern truly achieves the noir and suspense feeling of classic mysteries. Zahn introduces multiple red-herrings to keep the reader guessing and to keep building the suspense to the thrilling conclusion. The revelation at the conclusion of The Domino Pattern is increadible and left me wanting more. I look forward to book 5.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    A thrilling sci-fi/mystery romp

    Timothy Zahn continues his creative blending of science fiction with the classic train noir thriller. While the previous titles primarily fell into the space opera category, Zahn has turned the tables and made The Domino Pattern an excellent mystery with science fiction trappings. Our heroes are on a six-week non-stop quadrail journey when murders start occurring. It is a wonderful tribute to Murder on the Orient Express, but carries Zahn's own personal touch and keeps you guessing till the very end. I found the change in style for the series very invigorating, and loved the revelations at the end. Can't wait till the next one.

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