The Contaminants by Devin K. Smith

The Contaminants

Product Details

  • Title: The Contaminants (New Dakota Series, Volume 1)
  • Author: Devin K. Smyth
  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages; Digital Pages: 230 
  • Recommended Ages: 12+
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC (2nd Edition)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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SummaryWhen the American government’s attempt to “purify” Earth causes a worldwide nuclear holocaust, teen friends Jessil and Soraj are among the few to escape the planet. Orbiting in a cruiser designed to help regenerate Earth’s ecosystem, they assist Soraj’s father, who leads the process to salvage a location for the cruiser’s safe return.

But when a mysterious distress signal arrives from Earth, Jessil is desperate to discover who sent it. She and Soraj join the reconnaissance team that descends to the planet, a world very different from the one they knew. In such a strange land, can their search-and-rescue effort succeed? And if it does, will it mean failure for Earth’s recovery?


The Contaminants, a work of dystopian fantasy for teens from Devin K. Smyth (the pen name of Kevin Speth), serves as the first volume of his New Dakota series. Composed of two believable first-person narratives and based around two father-child relationships, this is a novel that prizes emotions as much as it does technology.” ~ Rebecca, Foreward Reviews

The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth is a story of survival, friendship, loyalty, and hope set in the aftermath of planetary devastation. I loved this book... I didn’t want to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. This is a great start to what I hope will be a continuing series.” ~ Ubiquitous Bubba, Amazon

This story had me sucked in from the very beginning, and I had trouble putting it down. The science was thorough and awesome. The characters were portrayed at different ages and through different stages of their journey with skill and a perfect arc. ” ~ Amie M., Amazon

An exciting trek to a post-nuclear Earth! Tightly composed and never off tangent in its delivery, “The Contaminants” by Devin K. Smyth packs many punches” ~ Future Boy, Amazon

There’s enough drama and tension here to keep you riveted. Smyth’s concept of a world intentionally destroyed in order to “improve” on it is fresh and provocative. The characters are well developed and engaging. I’m eager to read the next story in this chapter, and find out more about this new yet familiar world.” ~ Nikki B., Amazon

Editorial Reviews

“A fast-paced story (that) strikes a good balance between tech-speak and genuine emotion.” – Foreword Reviews


Devin K. Smyth is the pen name of Kevin Speth; and when Devin Smyth, a part-time novelist,  isn’t wrestling the English language into submission to get a story just right, the southern Wisconsin native works in the field of children’s entertainment as a full-time marketing copywriter. He resides in southern Wisconsin with his girlfriend and their herd of cats.


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