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Code Three   By: (1919-1994)

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Code Three by Rick Raphael is a thrilling and action-packed novel that takes readers on an exhilarating ride through the fast-paced world of emergency response. From start to finish, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat with its gripping storyline and well-developed characters.

The story follows a group of dedicated paramedics who work tirelessly to save lives in the bustling city of San Francisco. The author's meticulous research and attention to detail shine through in the vivid descriptions of emergency scenes and medical procedures. Raphael's background as a former paramedic himself adds an authentic and realistic touch to the narrative.

The protagonist, Steve Ashe, is a skilled paramedic who is burdened by an unfortunate incident that occurred on a previous call. As he navigates the chaotic streets and faces life-or-death situations, we witness his determination to redeem himself and find redemption. Ashe is a compelling and relatable character, with flaws and vulnerabilities that make him all the more endearing.

The supporting cast of characters is equally well-crafted, bringing a diversity of personalities and experiences to the story. From the charismatic and witty partner, Krasny, to the tough and resilient dispatcher, California, each character adds depth and richness to Code Three.

Raphael's writing style is fast-paced, mimicking the urgency of the paramedics' work. The short, snappy chapters and crisp dialogue make for an easy and engaging read. Additionally, the author's ability to seamlessly interweave technical details with a gripping narrative is commendable, appealing to both medical professionals and general readers alike.

What sets Code Three apart from other action novels is its emphasis on the emotional toll the work takes on the paramedics. Raphael delves into the psychological struggles and personal sacrifices these heroes make, highlighting the true price of their heroic efforts. This humanization of the characters adds a layer of depth to the story, making it more than just a thrilling adventure.

While Code Three is primarily a novel about emergency response, it also tackles important themes such as redemption, resilience, and the value of teamwork. Through the challenges faced by the characters, readers are reminded of the importance of trusting in one another and working together to overcome adversity.

Overall, Code Three is an enthralling and thought-provoking novel that seamlessly blends action, suspense, and emotional depth. Rick Raphael's skillful writing and attention to detail create an immersive reading experience that will keep you hooked until the very last page. Whether you're a fan of thrilling adventures or intrigued by the world of emergency response, this book is a must-read.

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Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact Science Fiction, February 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Code Three

The cars on high speed highways must follow each other like sheep. And they need shepherds. The highway police cruiser of tomorrow however must be massively different as different as the highways themselves!

by Rick Raphael

Illustrated by Schoenherr



The late afternoon sun hid behind gray banks of snow clouds and a cold wind whipped loose leaves across the drill field in front of the Philadelphia Barracks of the North American Continental Thruway Patrol. There was the feel of snow in the air but the thermometer hovered just at the freezing mark and the clouds could turn either into icy rain or snow.

Patrol Sergeant Ben Martin stepped out of the door of the barracks and shivered as a blast of wind hit him. He pulled up the zipper on his loose blue uniform coveralls and paused to gauge the storm clouds building up to the west... Continue reading book >>

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