“You humans are without a doubt the most hunch-driven species in the galaxy.”
Good story telling and plot. Enough layers to protagonist, companion, and various antagonists to keep the reader guessing. Frank Compton is either very lucky or very unlucky. Either way, he’ll be lucky to get through this alive.
“You’re making a big mistake.” “I do it all the time. I’m used to it.’
Quibble: Why the “clack” of the Quadrail passing over “expansion joints”? Why not ride above the rails, like magnetic levitation? Especially since … (but that would be telling.)
“The procedure was standard … and not to be trifled with merely because it didn’t happen to make sense.”