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Contamination Crew   By: (1928-1992)

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In Contamination Crew, Alan Edward Nourse takes readers on an intense and harrowing journey into a near-future world struggling with the devastating effects of contamination. Set in a gloomy and desperate atmosphere, this novel explores the courage and determination of a select group of individuals known as the "Contamination Crew" as they battle against a merciless enemy that threatens humanity itself.

Nourse's writing style is both captivating and vivid, effectively enticing readers into the dire circumstances of a world plagued by contamination. The author masterfully elicits emotions of fear, desperation, and hope, creating an unrelenting sense of urgency throughout the story. From the very first page, the reader is transported into this dark and apocalyptic setting, feeling a strong bond with the characters' goals and fears.

The novel's protagonists are a diverse and compelling group of individuals. Each member of the Contamination Crew possesses unique skills and traits, making them relatable and interesting to follow. Their unwavering commitment to protecting mankind from contamination is inspiring and serves as a driving force behind the narrative. Nourse proficiently depicts the complex dynamics within the group, portraying the tensions and bonds that naturally arise in high-stakes situations.

Moreover, Contamination Crew excels in its exploration of ethical dilemmas and the consequences of decisions made in times of crisis. Nourse seamlessly weaves thought-provoking questions throughout the storyline, prompting readers to reflect on the individual and collective responsibilities we bear when faced with global challenges. The moral issues raised within the pages of this novel will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on those who engage with the story.

One aspect that could have been further developed is the book's world-building. While the immediate danger of contamination is vividly depicted, more detailed descriptions of the society outside the Contamination Crew's realm would have added depth and richness to the story. Furthermore, some of the secondary characters, though intriguing, could have benefited from more extensive exploration to enhance their overall impact on the narrative.

Overall, Contamination Crew is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves into the resilience of the human spirit in the face of a dire and destructive threat. Nourse's immersive writing style, compelling characters, and exploration of ethical choices make this a compelling read. Despite minor shortcomings in certain areas, this book is a powerful reminder of the importance of unity, bravery, and determination when facing adversity.

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[Illustration: Illustrated by Ed Emsh]



Orders were orders! The creature had to be killed. But just how does one destroy the indestructible?

( The following is taken from the files of the Medical Disciplinary Board, Hospital Earth, from the preliminary hearings in re: The Profession vs. Samuel B. Jenkins, Physician; First Court of Medical Affairs, final action pending. )



TO: Lucius Darby, Physician Grade I, Black Service Director of Galactic Periphery Services, Hospital Earth

FROM: Samuel B. Jenkins, Physician Grade VI, Red Service General Practice Patrol Ship Lancet (Attached GSS Mercy pro tem)

SIR: The following communication is directed to your attention in hopes that it may anticipate various charges which are certain to be placed against me as a Physician of the Red Service upon the return of the General Survey Ship Mercy to Hospital Earth (expected arrival four months from above date).

These charges will undoubtedly be preferred by one Turvold Neelsen, Physician Grade II of the Black Service, and Commander of the Mercy on its current survey mission into the Vorochislov Sector... Continue reading book >>

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