- Title: The Timothy Pattern
- Author: Timothy Zahn
- Series: Quadrail #4
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Sonja
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: 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.
Review: All the books in this series have the feel of Murder on the Orient Express, but none more than this one. It takes place entirely on the Quadrail – murder after murder – aboard the train that Spiders prevent any type of weapon. So, how on earth – er train – is someone able to commit murders?
This is my favorite so far in the series. In the previous books, Frank does a lot of travel back and forth and a lot of mind games. This, to me, made them a little bit too twisty and difficult to follow – more that totally necessary – even though I did enjoy them. This one is much easier to follow – we only have the plot twists instead of the travel – I mean, they are on a train. And, there is no way off.
Other than this, the story is pretty typical of the earlier books in the series. I still didn’t see any of the twists coming. But, I actually followed them all this time. For that reason, this is probably my favorite in the series up to this point. It reads pretty much like a noir detective story. Though, as usual, the Modrhi is up to its? their? normal tricks.
Really hard to say more than this about the book without revealing spoilers. So, suffice it to say, if you have enjoyed the previous installments of the series, you will also enjoy this one. I give it 4 out of 5.