The Third Lynx ~ Timothy Zahn

  • Title:  The Third Lynx
  • Author: Timothy Zahn
  • Series: Quadrail #2
  • Genre:  Science Fiction
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own copy
  • Reviewed by:  Snarktastic Sonja
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description: Former government agent Frank Compton foiled a plot to enslave the galaxy in Night Train to Rigel. But the Modhri, an ancient telepathically linked intelligence, has walkers, unwilling hosts that can be anywhere, anything…and anyone. And Compton is the only man who knows how to fight them, as they wage a secret war against the galactic civilizations linked by the Quadrail, the only means of intra-galactic transit.

Accompanied by Bayta, a woman with strange ties to the robot-like Spiders who run the Quadrail, and dogged by special agent Morse who suspects him of murder, Compton races the Modhri from station to station to acquire a set of valuable sculptures from a long-dead civilization. What the Modhri wants with them is anybody’s guess, but if Compton can’t outwit it, the whole galaxy will find out the hard way.

Review:  This was a re-read for me. I am re-reading books 1-4 in preparation for reading the 5th and final book in the series.  And, the title of this book confuses me every time . . . It is the second in the series but the third lynx . . . really? must you make even *that* confusing? (Simple minds . . .)

I have really enjoyed most Timothy Zahn books I have read. They tend to be fast paced and constantly twisting. Yet, this book really frustrated me. Even though this story starts with a bang, I still struggled to get into the story. 

There were several twists and turns and you never really knew which way the story was going. However, here it felt as though the twists and turns were thrown in just for the sake of twisting and turning. And, there was just so much of it, I got motion sickness! Ok, not really, but even when the book was completed, I wasn’t really sure which twist was the right turn. 

In my opinion, Mr. Zahn writes better than this. For that reason, I rated this one less than the last at 3 stars.

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