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The Third Lynx [Hardcover]

Timothy Zahn
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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Classics (30 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317322
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,196,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and nonsensical 8 April 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
As with the entire quadrail series i just cannot get along with this. Its an interesting concept but just makes me fall asleep.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected sequel 25 Feb 2008
By Chutzpuh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Here we are treated to a Zahn sequel which, amazingly enough, has nothing to do with Star Wars.

I was a bit surprised to find that Zahn chose to write a sequel for the book Night train to Rigel. Surprised simply because when compared to other amazing works (Icarus Hunt for one) I can imagine much more deserving stories which need another book.

The first book of this series worked well in the same way that Icarus Hunt did. It dropped you in the middle of a story and left you curious, interested and confused for the rest of the book. Sadly, this book lacks a large amount of the mystery which made Rigel so interesting. Knowing the enemy, the setting and all of the background before the book started actually destroyed the fun.

It is told in the same quirky, fast paced, first person view that many of Zahn's stories are told. Although, I have to admit, the constant self-assured and cocky attitude of the main character did get old after a while. It did keep me interested through the whole book and it comes off as a short read since most of the scenes blend so seamlessly into each other.

If you have actually read Night Train to Rigel and liked it, then pick up this book and you will still find some enjoyment out of it. If you are new to the works of Timothy Zahn, well then I would recommend you pick up Icarus Hunt or the Conquer's Trilogy long before you set sites on this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hodge podge of mystery and sci-fi. 10 Dec 2007
By Gearhead Mania - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Zahn is generally an excellent author, but I feel that The Third Lynx is a bit sub-par compared to his Star Wars novels. I didn't get the impression that Morse was British until the 2nd half of the book, where he began to use "bloody" in almost every other dialogue. The use of the Quad-rail space trains and the ports started to get boring after the first quarter of the book, and it resembled an old-fashioned "whodunnit" on the Orient express. The description of the characters is rather dry, and all of the different aliens did not quite add to the story as much as a Sci-Fi enthusiast would have wanted. Overall it was not a bad story, but it would have flowed better with less talk about first class seating in the quad-rail and if the entire war between the Chahwyn and Mohdrids was compressed into one larger story rather than split the novels into multiple parts. Compton makes way too many assumptions and the author writes this off as Compton's "Westali" training and military experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 2nd book in great series. 31 July 2010
By J. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's not perfect, but it is a very good read. The first book in this series, Night Train to Rigel, is better, but I really enjoyed this sequel too. This book follows the continued battle of wits between the main character, Frank Compton, former intelligence agent, and the Modhri, the alien group mind that is trying to take over the universe. Compton has been hired by the Chahwyn, an alien race that few know exist, to battle the Modhri and prevent its secret takeover of every race linked by the Quadrail, the only known means of intergalactic travel available. The Modhri infects humans and aliens alike and can telepathically take control of them at any time. Therefore, the protagonists never know who might be an enemy until the Modhri reveals itself.

This book starts off with a murder on the intergalactic train and continues with the search for a stolen sculpture. The Modhri will stop at nothing to obtain the sculpture for reasons that you will discover later in the novel.

I've been reading and enjoying Mr. Zahn's novels since I started high school over 2o years ago. I think his Blackcollar and Cobra series were the first SF books I ever read. This is not hard SF (insofar as I understand the different SF distinctions). Rather, Mr. Zahn writes accessible and briskly-paced SF stories filled with action, interesting characters, alien technology, and fun plots with surprising twists. I highly recommend this book, but definitely start with Night Train to Rigel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Follow Up to Night Train 5 Dec 2009
By John Mccoy - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book, not quite as much as Night Train to Rigel but still enjoyed it. It does drag a bit but it's definitely worth buying if you enjoyed the first book. I'd rather not spoil the plot so that's about that, enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More noir for Zahn 10 Jun 2009
By Mike Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Perhaps Zahn caught a Hitchcock marathon on late night TV? Night Train To Rigel worked OK, although the plot felt a little too disjointed because the misdirection was oversold. In this sequel, the problem goes the other way ... the misdirection is not convincing enough.

It features a classic noir setup, in which a man is found standing over a body and now has to solve the crime because he has become the prime suspect. But after toying with that a bit, the plot device is abandoned.

Instead, a different kind of device becomes the focus of the book. The rest of the story is an extended hunt for what is obviously a McGuffin. With a nod to Hammett's Maltese Falcon, everyone is looking for a piece of black sculpture called "the third lynx". The bad guys want it so the good guys want to get it instead of them, even though they don't know why the bad guys want it in the first place.

While Night Train could have been left to stand alone, the publication of Lynx indicates this is now officially a series. And sure enough, the third book is called Odd Girl Out.

I would recommend that fans of these books try some Hitchcock movies, but I'm afraid that they would be disappointed when they discover that Hitchcock did it better.
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