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Control Group   By: (1914-2004)

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In Roger D. Aycock's Control Group, readers are taken on a gripping journey through the intricate world of psychological experiments that blur the line between morality and scientific progress. With a captivating narrative, Aycock masterfully combines elements of mystery, suspense, and ethical dilemmas, making this novel an enthralling and thought-provoking page-turner.

The story revolves around Dr. Stephen Thorpe, a respected psychologist known for his groundbreaking research on human behavior. When he is approached by a wealthy pharmaceutical corporation, he becomes involved in a top-secret experiment called "Project Haven." Tasked with leading a team of researchers, Dr. Thorpe embarks on an experiment aimed at understanding the effects of suppressing certain emotions. However, as the project veers into increasingly dangerous territory, both scientifically and morally, he is faced with difficult choices that challenge his beliefs and the consequences of tampering with human nature.

One of the novel's great strengths lies in Aycock's ability to develop complex and multi-dimensional characters. Dr. Thorpe serves as an excellent protagonist, as he is not immune to the temptations and ethical dilemmas that come with his work. His internal struggles and doubts create a relatable and empathetic character that readers can invest in.

Aycock's writing style is eloquent and fluid, effortlessly guiding readers through the intricacies of the plot. The pacing is well-structured, with suspenseful moments juxtaposed with introspective passages that delve into the characters' minds. Additionally, the author's meticulous attention to detail and scientific accuracy adds an extra layer of authenticity to the story, making it feel all the more believable.

The thematic exploration of the fine line between scientific progress and moral boundaries is one of the book's standout aspects. Aycock deftly examines the consequences of unchecked scientific advancements, raising questions about the importance of ethical considerations and the true purpose of scientific pursuits. As the plot unfolds, readers are left in constant anticipation, anxiously wondering what will happen next and how it will all conclude.

Control Group is an enthralling and thought-provoking novel that masterfully blends elements of thriller and ethical exploration. Roger D. Aycock demonstrates his skill in crafting a captivating narrative and delivering meaningful messages. As the story unfolds, readers are compelled to question their own beliefs and the ethical implications of scientific progress. For those seeking a suspenseful and intellectually stimulating read, Control Group is a definite must-read.

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"Any problem posed by one group of human beings can be resolved by any other group." That's what the Handbook said. But did that include primitive humans? Or the Bees? Or a ...



The cool green disk of Alphard Six on the screen was infinitely welcome after the arid desolation and stinking swamplands of the inner planets, an airy jewel of a world that might have been designed specifically for the hard earned month of rest ahead. Navigator Farrell, youngest and certainly most impulsive of the three man Terran Reclamations crew, would have set the Marco Four down at once but for the greater caution of Stryker, nominally captain of the group, and of Gibson, engineer, and linguist. Xavier, the ship's little mechanical, had as was usual and proper no voice in the matter.

"Reconnaissance spiral first, Arthur," Stryker said firmly. He chuckled at Farrell's instant scowl, his little eyes twinkling and his naked paunch quaking over the belt of his shipboard shorts. "Chapter One, Subsection Five, Paragraph Twenty seven: No planetfall on an unreclaimed world shall be deemed safe without proper "

Farrell, as Stryker had expected, interrupted with characteristic impatience. "Do you sleep with that damned Reclamations Handbook, Lee? Alphard Six isn't an unreclaimed world it was never colonized before the Hymenop invasion back in 3025, so why should it be inhabited now?"

Gibson, who for four hours had not looked up from his interminable chess game with Xavier, paused with a beleaguered knight in one blunt brown hand... Continue reading book >>

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