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HUMANITY'S LAST HOPE

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HUMANITY'S LAST HOPE

It 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 hope.

Because nobody else has been able to find the elusive enemy who seeks to enslave the entire galaxy…and Earth is its next target.

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Publishers Weekly
Hang on! Hugo-winner Zahn (Cascade Point) takes off on a rip-roaring interstellar train ride with hard-boiled hero Frank Compton, recently fired from Earth's Western Alliance Intelligence for whistle-blowing on the costly Yandro colony boondoggle, a U.N. scheme to make humanity a real interstellar power. From Earth's mean streets, Compton hops the Quadrail, a mysterious galactic system run by the alien Spiders, who give him four months to defuse an interstellar war being engineered by the gestalt entity the Modhri. With Bayta, "The Girl" sent by the Spiders to recruit him, Compton blasts his way through layers of subterfuge and teams of unpronounceable alien baddies. Seeing a new chunk of the truth fall into place about every hundred pages, Compton carries comic-strip action to dizzying extremes in this highballing romp. Situations predictable from tough-guy PI fiction and characters straight out of Dick Tracy (even though some wear chipmunk fur and others inhabit telepathic coral colonies) make this night train a juicily familiar joyride. Agent, Russ Galen. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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An alien-conspiracy yarn, wherein faster-than-light travel takes place via a sort of interstellar Amtrak, from the author of Manta's Gift (2002). Two centuries from now, Earth is the junior member of a galactic community whose alien-machine Spiders own and operate the Quadrail transportation system. Frank Compton, late of Western Alliance Intelligence (booted out for complaining about the billions wasted in developing the useless planet Yandro) receives a Quadrail ticket-ironically, to Yandro-from an unknown agent who promptly dies of severe wounds. Once aboard the Quadrail system, Frank meets the attractive but cold Bayta, a human Spider agent who engages him to investigate a possible threat against the galaxy in general and the Quadrail system in particular. Bayta clearly knows more than she's telling, but then Frank has his own unrevealed agenda too. While in Jurian space, Frank and Bayta are attacked by Halkas and learn of a conspiracy centered on the ice-covered moon Modhra, where they encounter renegade Bellido commandos, apparently eco-terrorists intent on destroying the Modhran coral beds. Oddly, Bayta warns Frank not to touch the coral, while others urge the opposite. It emerges that the coral is intelligent; its polyps can invade bodies through cuts and scratches and influence the behavior of their hosts. Worse still, big coral colonies produce thought viruses that infect victims without bodily contact. The Bellidos are actually good guys whose government, like the Halkas, has been subverted by the megalomaniacal coral. Convoluted and inventive without being especially plausible; with a dead-in-the-water romance and lack of real edge, Zahn once again fails to transcend his YAtendencies.
Analog Magazine

"Tim Zahn's Night Train to Rigel is SF adventure in the classic mode. Have fun!"
Booklist

"A highly readable thriller in space-opera trappings. A great read."
Chronicle

"Grabbed me in the opening chapter and never relinquished its grip."
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"A highly readable thriller in space-opera trappings. A great read."
--Booklist on Night Train to Rigel

"It's always a pleasure to sit down and start a new book, and discover some time later that you've turned the last page without taking a break. This new SF adventure story by one of the most reliable writers in the genre grabbed me in the opening chapter and never relinquished its grip."
--Chronicle on Night Train to Rigel

"Tim Zahn's Night Train to Rigel is SF adventure in the classic mode. Have fun!"

--Analog on Night Train to Rigel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765307163
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Frank Compton Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the New York Times best-sellling and Hugo award-winning author of nearly thirty original science fiction novels, among them Dragon and Herdsman, the fourth book of his Young Adult "Dragonback" series. He is also the author of Heir to the Empire, the all-time bestselling Star Wars novel, and the recent Star Wars: Outbound Flight. He and his family live in coastal Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Very enjoyable

    This is a classic sf thriller. Nice twists and turns, the ride is exciting and fun to read. Highly recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    Great Sci-Fi thriller

    this was the 1st Timothy Zahn book I have read outside of his Star Wars books. it kept me guessing of what was actually going on. well written, great detial of teh rail system. any sci-fi fan should read this book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    solid science fiction thriller

    Two hundred years into the future, the Western Alliance Intelligence Agency fires whistleblower Frank Compton for exposing the Yandro colony, a fiscal fiasco that allegedly was to turn earth into an interstellar superpower, but only lined pockets of the wealthy. The alien Spiders assign the courageous Frank to stop a pending war on Yandro. Accompanied by the female human Bayta, a Spider mole, Frank rides the hops to the Quadrail galactic transit system from earth to Yandro. --- In Jurian space, the Halkas attack Frank and Bayta, but they escape only to learn that the enigmatic Modhra have caused the crisis at Yandro. Meanwhile Bellido insurgents want to destroy the intelligent coral on Modhran. As Frank struggles to figure out who is the enemy, Bayta warns him to avoid contact with the insidious coral while others recommend otherwise if he wants to learn first hand the truth why the coral is the center of a potential galaxy-wide war. --- Though there are too many twists young adult readers will enjoy this solid science fiction thriller because of the ethical hero¿s dilemma of sorting the enemy from friend as everyone even Bayta seems like they want to harm him. The action-packed story line has Frank and Bayta jumping from one escapade to another so fans will have no time for a deep breath. Though the hazards are overdone to hide friend from foe, fans will enjoy this fine caper of one caring person ready to battle the universe to save the innocent though he does not know from what --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Ugh

    So we are supposed to root for a blackmailing scumbag throughout a series? Not this reader.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    I don't normally Like 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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