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In Teddy Keller's thought-provoking novel, readers are transported to a world grappling with a devastating plague. Set against the backdrop of a small town, the story unfolds through the eyes of a diverse group of heroic individuals who fight against the relentless disease and its profound impact on their lives.

Keller's writing style is both captivating and moving, engrossing readers from the very first page. The narrative is skillfully constructed, seamlessly weaving together multiple storylines that allow readers to connect with a wide range of characters. Through their unique perspectives, Keller offers a profound exploration of the human condition, evoking a powerful sense of empathy and understanding.

One of the standout features of this book is the depth and complexity of its characters. Each protagonist is masterfully developed, with their own intricate motivations, hopes, and fears. Through their struggles and triumphs, Keller brings forth a compelling examination of human resilience in the face of adversity. The internal battles these characters face are just as integral to the plot as the external fight against the plague itself.

The vivid descriptions of the plague's destructive impact heighten the tension and provide a gripping sense of urgency throughout the narrative. From the harrowing scenes of the town's quarantine to the heartbreaking loss of loved ones, Keller captures the raw emotions and despair that accompany such an outbreak. Through it all, the author maintains a delicate balance between despair and hope, emphasizing the indomitable spirit of humanity even in the darkest of times.

Furthermore, Keller masterfully incorporates thought-provoking themes into the story, touching on topics such as the fragility of life, the nature of heroism, and the importance of community. The moral dilemmas faced by the characters prompt readers to reflect on their own values and perceptions, adding an additional layer of depth to the narrative.

While at times the pacing may feel a bit slow, the overall depth and substance of The Plague make it a captivating read. The prose is eloquent and evocative, allowing readers to truly immerse themselves in the story. Keller's ability to evoke such a palpable sense of atmosphere adds richness to the narrative, making it a memorable and thought-provoking reading experience.

In conclusion, Teddy Keller's The Plague is a compelling and introspective novel that explores the profound impact of a devastating contagion on a small town and its inhabitants. Through captivating characters, eloquent prose, and profound themes, Keller crafts a story that lingers in the mind long after the final pages are turned.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction February 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.



Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague showed up.... One that attacked only people within the political borders of the United States!

Illustrated by Schoenherr

Sergeant Major Andrew McCloud ignored the jangling telephones and the excited jabber of a room full of brass, and lit a cigarette. Somebody had to keep his head in this mess. Everybody was about to flip.

Like the telephone. Two days ago Corporal Bettijean Baker had been answering the rare call on the single line in that friendly, husky voice that gave even generals pause by saying, "Good morning. Office of the Civil Health and Germ Warfare Protection Co ordinator." Now there was a switchboard out in the hall with a web of lines running to a dozen girls at a half dozen desks wedged into the outer office. And now the harried girls answered with a hasty, "Germ War Protection."

All the brass hats in Washington had suddenly discovered this office deep in the recesses of the Pentagon... Continue reading book >>

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