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The Silk Code (Phil D'Amato series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levinson
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Phil D'Amato, a forensic scientist working for the NYPD, is visiting an old friend in rural Pennsylvania--home of the Amish. When the friend with no known allergies drops dead of a sudden allergic reaction, D'Amato decides to investigate. He finds himself at the center of a 30,000 year-old biowar being waged with genetically engineered weapons. As he probes deeper, it becomes apparent that the Amish are not the technophobes they appear to be.

In his first novel, Levinson was not afraid to tackle big concepts. His narrative spans 1,300 years and several continents, from the Tocharians, a tribe living in Xinjiang on the Silk Road route around 750 A.D., to a New York library janitor who may or may not be entirely human. When the bodies of what look like recently dead Neanderthals start turning up in Toronto and London, the book revs into high gear. We hurtle through a dozen murders, theories for the origins of Homo sapiens and the demise of the Neanderthals; touch on aspects of the philosophy of science and the possibility that cave paintings are really prehistoric movies; and wrap up with an interesting vision of what humanity might have been--if only things had turned out differently.

Phil D'Amato made his first appearance in Analog, and fans of his forensic sleuthing will love this full-length treatment. It is biological SF of the Old School--plenty of adventure with no fancy writing and very little character development to get in the way of the plot. --Luc Duplessis


"An impressive debut."--Joe Haldeman

"Delivers on its promises."--The New York Times Book Review

"The Silk Code is an intriguing story refreshingly rich not only in action but in ideas."--Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
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  • Verlag: JoSara MeDia; Auflage: 2 (23. August 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0091W43JW
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My novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Nove1 of 1999, and was published as an "author's cut" Kindle edition in 2012. My other science fiction and mystery novels include Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006; author's cut Kindle 2012), which Entertainment Weekly called "challenging fun". My short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Nine nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009, 2nd edition 2012) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and eight other languages. I appear from time to time on MSNBC, Fox News ("The O'Reilly Factor"), NPR, BBC Radio and other TV and radio programs - I like talking just as much as writing. I'm also a songwriter, and have been in several bands over the years - one had two records out on Atlantic Records in 1960s. My 1972 album Twice Upon a Rhyme (on HappySad Records) was re-issued on CD by Beatball/Big Pink Records in 2009, and on re-pressed vinyl by Whiplash/Sound of Salvation Records in 2010. I was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009, and review the best of television on my Infinitte blog. Last but not least: I have a PhD in Media Theory from New York University and am Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.


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1.0 von 5 Sternen An awkward little book I almost didn't finish 14. Oktober 1999
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I almost didn't finish this book and kept hoping that what story there was would be rescued. I like mysteries and I like science fiction but this book fell down in the end for three reasons. One is that the detective is boring -- he's prone to being suddenly smart after being really stupid. The second problem is that the science is really, really, iffy -- more like something out of a bad conspiracy theory than convincing science. The last, really bad problem is that the author continually violates the "show don't tell" prinicpal of writing, which means the story is often carried forward by heavy blocks of explanation instead of by action. All detectives require some witticisms or habitual sayings and Levinson falls down there, too, making his "hero" prone to TV-style one-liners that don't work in print, especially with his bland and blocky scene-setting. In fact the scene-setting is so blocky it almost feels like this is a series of somewhat related short vignettes rather than a novel, something some editing might have fixed. I finished it hoping to find a saving grace but this book costs too much to buy just because there's one OK giimmick in it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen High Synergy/High Technology 20. Dezember 1999
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Even though Paul Levinson (author of non-fiction works such as DIGITAL McLUHAN and THE SOFT EDGE and former student of Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman) is well qualified to write a cyberpunk novel in the same league as Gibson or Sterling -- he decides not to do so. Not only that, Mr. Levinson steers clear of the "hard SF" camp even though he is the published author of over 20 stories in ANALOGE.
Instead, the SILK CODE is something much better, an original work with an extremely engaging premise. Levinson has combined anthropology, social history, linguistics, genetic engineering and information theory in the context of a detective story ... and it reads a little like Linus Pauling and H.G. Wells collaborating on an episode of QUINCY. It may be one of the most intellectually ambitious SF novels I've read in the last 10 years.
I do have a few disagreements with the way he handles the passage through Canadian Customs (Mr. Levinson should try dealing with the uniforms facing north sometime!) and as well as his handling of the British character...but that's all pretty minor stuff.
Definitely has my recommendation.
Hugh A.D. Spencer
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a cool book. 15. Dezember 1999
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I found The Silk Code to be wonderful. I had just finished reading Patricia Cornwell's "Black Notice" and had been disappointed. A pinch of enthusiasm is worth a pound of technique. This was a real treat and had exactly what I had been looking for. It blends mystery and science fiction perfectly. One of the most pleasant aspects of the book was that it clear the author was excited to be writing it and that excitement really shines through. The plot was well thought out, creative and unique. I found the characters to be very believable. I never had any interest in the Neanderthals before, but found myself intrigued enough to watch a Discovery Channel special on them. I always have shelf space for books that expand my interests. The fact that people either love or hate it speaks to its originality. I hope that there will be sequel or at least more offerings from Dr. Levinson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen rich, complex, beguiling tapestry 4. Februar 2000
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I think The Silk Code is really two books in one. One story is about a detective -- Phil D'Amato -- with a lot of heart and a great sense of humor. The other story is about a strange people who lived along the Silk Road over a thousand years ago. Paul Levinson weaves the two together in a very captivating way -- he goes so deeply into the Silk Road people that we almost forget about D'Amato, but then we're suddenly back in the present and it all ties together in a way at the end. As a graduate student in anthropology, I especially enjoyed the 750 AD part -- the thinking of the characters in that section seemed very real to me, and that's hard to do for an ancient culture. All in all, a *very* enjoyable book -- almost a new kind of science fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen well worth the money 31. Januar 2000
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I guess its a question of what you think is worth spending money on, but for me, a great sci-fi book is always worth it. And this book is a great sci-fi book. I've read other books about neanderthals and I've read other books that claim to be mystery sceince fiction, but this book has them all beat. You can't wait to get to the next scene and you're never disappointed. It moves along quickly and keeps you guessing. What more can you ask from a book? I don't for the life of me understand what a few of these people are talking about - this is the best damn money I've spent on a book in quite a long time! Let's hear more from this writer!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not worth the money 22. Oktober 1999
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I found this book to be a great disappointment. I was hoping that it would be a refreshing tale, but alas, it was not to be. It just seemed to trudge along, and really going nowhere. Too much description, and not enough action. The science was too far fetch. When you read a space or a magic land fantasy, you know that something outlandish is expected. However, when you place something in a contemporary time period, you kinda expect technology that is much more plausible than this. Frankly, I thought this was as interesting as spending the night reading stereo instructions. Look somewhere else for a good book, because this isn't one.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen There's much better out there to read.
I found a signed stack of Silk Code in a store in Towson and the sales clerk knows I read mystery and scifi too and really pushed. I'm not impressed. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2000 von "richhorn7"
3.0 von 5 Sternen Nice Debut Novel
Paul Levinson's first book pieces together threads of his brilliant short stories and in the end, is a cohesive intriguing read. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2000 von Michael Scott
5.0 von 5 Sternen powerful hard-boiled detection meets scifi
I'm usually a reader of 1940s detective fiction. Hammett and Chandler are my gods. A friend recommended The Silk Code. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen a different kind of novel
I read The Silk Code more than a month ago -- and I haven't stopped thinking about it. Bits and pieces pop into my head just about every day. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2000 von Charles Steinitz
1.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Awful!
After reading the jacket blurb I was expecting something really intelligent. That's the reason I kept reading until the end, but it never happened. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2000 von Ellen Bales
5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling Mystery
In The Silk Code, Paul Levinson has crafted a mystery that reaches back to the dawn of humanity for answers to an intriguing mystery. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2000 von Sherry Briggs
2.0 von 5 Sternen Silk Code Slippery Subject
An okay read. Great premise, but flat characters and dialog that regularly misses a beat. If I had checked it out of the library instead of having bought the hard cover I would... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Januar 2000 von JRob
5.0 von 5 Sternen exciting, stimulating, fast moving
This is science fiction at its best. An intriguing story, real characters, evocative scenes. Mystery and weirdness. i loved this book.
Veröffentlicht am 28. Dezember 1999 von Johanna Hooker
5.0 von 5 Sternen fascinating and exciting
This book uncovered a world I never knew existed -- I grew up in Pennsylvania, and saw the Amish, but I never imagined the possibility that they could do some of things they do in... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
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