- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1823 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JoSara MeDia; 2 edition (23 Aug. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0091W43JW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #821,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Silk Code (Phil D'Amato series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There are many original ideas here which could have done with a bit more elaboration. In particular I found the relationship between the Singers and the female guide puzzling. Also the implications of the genetic issues could have been explained more clearly, as I didn't understand altogether the relationship between the Singers and the Amish. I found myself occasionally thinking "Who is this?" when a character came on the scene too, which is very unusual for me, as I read a lot. Maybe there are too many fleeting characters, or they are not too well defined.
Nevertheless, it is really difficult to find original ideas in science fiction, and it is a book to make the reader think, which is my personal preference. For a first attempt it is not bad at all, so I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
There is a detour that takes us back in time to Neanderthal's, the Silk Road and some further clues. This break in the narrative threw me at first, leading me to see this first part as one short story and this as a second. But the last half of the novel moves quickly and pulls all of the ideas together nicely, while leaving events open for a follow-on story (I haven't yet read the rest of Paul's books, don't spoil it for me!).
Excellent hard-core sci-fi, especially in describing the Amish scientists doing in-depth gentics without lab equipment. The lanterns are especially cool.
Skipping ahead to read Paul's "The Plot to Save Socrates", then back to the other Detective D'Amato books.
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Levinson is still new at writing novels, and it occasionally shows. I sometimes wanted a section to move faster, and occasionally felt that the dialog dragged a bit. Overall, it was was too interesting to put down. The annoyance of an extra-long morning in the airport and an aching back disappeared by the end of Part One, and it kept me engrossed until the very end.
"The Silk Code" is is a solid first novel, and I very much hope to see more from Paul Levinson.
Levinson spends far too many paragraphs with the main characters simply wondering what'll happen next, summarizing what's already happened, and stating the obvious. Read the sample from Amazon, it might be all you can stand.
The Silk Code" is a novel of ideas masquerading as a cross between science fiction and police procedural. Levinson takes current thinking on genetics, speculation on the relationship between homo sapiens and Neanderthals, and archaeologic discoveries on the Tarim Basin in China and then mixes them with a little bit of Amish culture, virology, and Basque history. At times the mix gets a bit out of control, but overall it coheres fairly well, certainly better than some conspiracy theory novels I've read. The idea of moth genes in the human genome is not as far-fetched as some readers have suggested--it's already known that viral and bacterial sequences make up part of our genome and that we share some genes with other animals.
The weaknesses in "The Silk Code" are a direct result of the book's focus on ideas and its origin as a short story. The characters are wooden, especially in the modern sections of the book. They have a tendency to make brief appearances and then vanish. There were times when the narrative was too sketchy, and I wished that Levinson had gone into more detail. Who, for example, was Amanda really? How did the Amish get involved in an ancient conspiracy? There are enough loose ends and unexplored backstory here for a sequel, although I don't know if Levinson intends to write one.
At any rate, if you're looking for a novel heavy on character development and world building, this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you care more about the speculative elements of the plot, it might be more to your liking.
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