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An Incident on Route 12   By: (1911-1981)

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An Incident on Route 12 by James H. Schmitz is a thrilling science fiction novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Set in a dystopian future, this story takes place in a world where technology has advanced beyond imagination, but at the cost of human connection and freedom.

The plot centers around an unfortunate incident that occurs on Route 12, a remote and deserted highway. Clara, the protagonist, finds herself caught in a web of intrigue and danger when she witnesses a mysterious creature attacking a group of innocent travelers. As fear and chaos ensue, Clara becomes determined to unravel the truth behind this violent encounter.

One of the strengths of this novel lies in Schmitz's ability to create a vivid and believable world. The author paints a detailed picture of a society ruled by oppressive governments and shadowy organizations. Technology is both a blessing and a curse, offering convenience while simultaneously robbing humanity of its individuality.

The character development is also commendable, especially Clara, who is portrayed as a strong and resilient woman. Her determination and courage in the face of adversity make her a relatable and inspiring protagonist. The supporting cast, from the enigmatic Raymond to the curious Dr. Martinez, further add depth and intrigue to the story.

The pacing of the book is perfect, with the tension steadily building from the very first page. Each chapter unveils new layers of the conspiracy, keeping readers engrossed and eagerly turning the pages. The action sequences are well-written and gripping, transporting the readers directly into the heart of the chaos and danger.

Moreover, Schmitz's writing style is engaging and descriptive, showcasing his mastery of the genre. The dialogue is natural and believable, with each character having a distinct voice. The author's attention to detail further enhances the world-building aspect, immersing readers in a richly imagined and thought-provoking universe.

However, despite these strengths, there are aspects of the novel that fall short. The ending, in particular, feels rushed and somewhat unsatisfactory. After a thrilling buildup, the resolution feels abrupt and leaves a few loose ends. Additionally, some readers might find the extensive world-building distracting, as it occasionally slows down the pace of the plot.

Overall, An Incident on Route 12 is an enjoyable science fiction novel that combines gripping action with thought-provoking themes. James H. Schmitz showcases his storytelling prowess, delivering a thrilling tale that explores the fine line between technological advancement and human connection. While a few areas fall slightly short, the novel's strengths override these minor flaws. Fans of dystopian fiction and futuristic thrillers will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this captivating story.

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He was already a thief, prepared to steal again. He didn't know that he himself was only booty!

Phil Garfield was thirty miles south of the little town of Redmon on Route Twelve when he was startled by a series of sharp, clanking noises. They came from under the Packard's hood.

The car immediately began to lose speed. Garfield jammed down the accelerator, had a sense of sick helplessness at the complete lack of response from the motor. The Packard rolled on, getting rid of its momentum, and came to a stop.

Phil Garfield swore shakily. He checked his watch, switched off the headlights and climbed out into the dark road. A delay of even half an hour here might be disastrous. It was past midnight, and he had another hundred and ten miles to cover to reach the small private airfield where Madge waited for him and the thirty thousand dollars in the suitcase on the Packard's front seat.

If he didn't make it before daylight....

He thought of the bank guard. The man had made a clumsy play at being a hero, and that had set off the fool woman who'd run screaming into their line of fire. One dead. Perhaps two. Garfield hadn't stopped to look at an evening paper.

But he knew they were hunting for him.

He glanced up and down the road... Continue reading book >>

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