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5.0 out of 5 stars LARGE ideas, excellent first novel
Paul Levinson mixes LARGE ideas, from Amish scientists manipulating genetics the old fashioned way, to immortality and worldwide encoded plagues and immunities. The novel focuses for the most part on Detective Phil D'Amato, who is trying to determine why seemingly healthy people, including some Neanderthal-esque folks, are keeling over to violent allergic deaths...
Published on 15 Nov 2006 by Larry Ketchersid

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3.0 out of 5 stars Promises more than it delivers
This book has a fairly intriguing start and some interesting premises develop but, somehow, by the end it has contrived to be less than the sum of its parts. I found the 'historical' chapter rather lost its way. Overall there did not seem an adequate explanation of the possibilities inherent in the overriding theme of the book.
Published on 22 April 2001 by Colin Neighbour


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5.0 out of 5 stars LARGE ideas, excellent first novel, 15 Nov 2006
Paul Levinson mixes LARGE ideas, from Amish scientists manipulating genetics the old fashioned way, to immortality and worldwide encoded plagues and immunities. The novel focuses for the most part on Detective Phil D'Amato, who is trying to determine why seemingly healthy people, including some Neanderthal-esque folks, are keeling over to violent allergic deaths.

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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3.0 out of 5 stars Promises more than it delivers, 22 April 2001
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This book has a fairly intriguing start and some interesting premises develop but, somehow, by the end it has contrived to be less than the sum of its parts. I found the 'historical' chapter rather lost its way. Overall there did not seem an adequate explanation of the possibilities inherent in the overriding theme of the book.
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