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The Great Gray Plague   By: (1915-1994)

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The Great Gray Plague by Raymond F. Jones is a riveting science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story delves into the terrifying consequences of a mysterious and deadly epidemic that wipes out most of humanity.

Jones masterfully builds tension from the very beginning, setting the stage for a suspenseful and action-packed narrative. The protagonist, Dr. Randall Scofield, provides a brilliant perspective as he tirelessly works to find a cure for the plague that has decimated civilization. His strategic thinking and relentless determination make him a captivating character that readers can easily connect with.

The author's attention to detail is commendable, as Jones effectively describes the horrors and chaos that ensue as the plague spreads. The sense of fear and desperation among survivors is palpable, heightening the overall atmosphere of the story. Jones also explores the dark side of human nature, illustrating the lengths some individuals will go to survive in a world on the brink of extinction.

What sets this book apart from other post-apocalyptic tales is Jones' focus on the importance of science and intellectual thinking. The discussions around finding a treatment for the plague and the value of a rational approach elevates the novel beyond a mere tale of survival. It prompts readers to reflect on the significance of scientific advancement and the potential it holds to save humanity.

While the pacing of the story is generally steady, there are moments when it becomes slightly sluggish. Some scenes and conversations, though informative, may not contribute significantly to the overall plot. Nonetheless, these instances are minor and do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

The Great Gray Plague is a captivating read that seamlessly blends science fiction, suspense, and human resilience. Through thought-provoking themes and well-crafted characters, Raymond F. Jones delivers a compelling narrative that keeps readers engrossed until the very end. This novel will surely appeal to fans of the genre and anyone seeking a thrilling adventure in a world plagued by uncertainty.

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There is no enemy so hard to fight as a dull gray fog. It's not solid enough to beat, too indefinite to kill, and too omnipresent to escape.

[Transcribers Note: This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction February 1962. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]


Dr. William Baker was fifty and didn't mind it a bit. Fifty was a tremendously satisfying age. With that exact number of years behind him a man had stature that could be had in no other way. Younger men, who achieve vast things at, say, thirty five, are always spoken of with their age as a factor. And no matter what the intent of the connection, when a man's accomplishments are linked to the number of years since he was born there is always a sense of apologia about it.

But when a man is fifty his age is no longer mentioned. His name stands alone on whatever foundation his achievements have provided. He has stature without apology, if the years have been profitably spent.

William Baker considered his years had been very profitably spent. He had achieved the Ph. D. and the D. Sc. degrees in the widely separated fields of electronics and chemistry... Continue reading book >>

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