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Night Train to Rigel – By Timothy Zahn – What a ride! January 19, 2009

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rigel We’ve been fans of Timothy Zahn – mostly due to his extraordinary Star Wars books. So why not take a look at some of his other (non-Star Wars work).

Night Train to Rigel is an intricately woven tale of conspiracy within conspiracy within yet another conspiracy. You think you’ve got it figured out – but then Zahn throws out another twist.

Amazing.

The basic story is that there is a network of trains called the Quadrail that spans the Galaxy. The Quadrail is run by the Spiders who keep to themselves and no one knows who they really are or how the Quadrail works – Compton figures it all out.

The story is written as a first person narrative, but our narrator (Frank Compton) doesn’t clue us in on everything right away. At first it was  a little annoying that Compton is holding out on us, and we went back several times to re-read sections to see if we missed something. But the final paragraph of this book makes up for it all – just a brilliant conclusion.

Highly enjoyable overall.

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