Night Train to Rigel ~ Timothy Zahn

  • Title: Night Train to Rigel
  • Author: Timothy Zahn
  • Series: Quadrail #1
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Space Opera
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5


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.

Review:  3.5 Stars

Frank Compton used to be an intelligence officer for the Western Alliance Intelligence. He’s become something of a private investigator since he’s left Westali. Just as he’s taken on a new case, Frank finds himself entangled with a mystery involving a dead man he doesn’t know, a Quadrail ticket with his name on it, and a potential enemy working from the shadows. As Frank follows one lead to another, he falls into a rabbit hole and nothing is what it seems to be.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a good sci-fi novel. I’m glad to get back into the genre with this book. The story starts with a quick pace and draws a world I want to know more about. Descriptions are simple and yet not overdone. I really like Frank and totally wanted to know how he was going to figure out the case. It wasn’t what I expected and I’m eager to see what else is in store for Frank.


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