↠´ Read ✓ The Silk Code (Phil D'Amato) by Paul Levinson ¼ The Silk Code is certainly an intriguing story.
I enjoyed it.
I was particularly impressed by the amount of research that must have gone into this story.


I am not a particular fan of science fiction.
However, I noted that there are two more books in this series: The Consciousness Plague and The Pixel Eye.
I am adding them to my "to be read" list for future reading.
Slow going at first, but an interesting concept that is well executed in the end.
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It's a fairly contemporary (1980s setting?) SF thriller with more than a touch of horror.
It's difficult to do justice to the Silk Code's greatest merits without revealing elements I'd consider spoilers.
In avoidance of spoilers, this review is mostly my reading experience of this book.


The plot hook caught me from the beginning and I let myself go with the seemingly wild extremes of selective evolution what ifs.
That was fun to do; speculation is one of the reasons I read SF and the gene terrorism here opened new vistas.
The author took a unique and courageous approach too.


Part 1's story was an origination of later relationships and a mechanism to incorporate the Amish ingenium device that would be called upon throughout the story.
This Part had resolution to the extent I realised what was going on, but I was still left bemused as to whom I could trust or how the antagonists would be dealt with.


Part 2, discordantly leaped back to the 8th Century and I think my annoyance with it is a reflection of my enjoyment of the first Part of the book.
I quickly had the impression that Part 2, the Tocharian Chariot, was an unnecessary interlude.
The relevance of it's theme was evident and its historical and geographic placement were potentially highly interesting.
Unfortunately, the tale situated in this Part was carried in a similar voice to the contemporary Phil narrative, which missed out on the descriptive, cultural and linguistic details that for me make looking at different times and civilisations interesting.
As a result I had great difficulty getting into this Part.
That said, there were some interesting ideas here, such as the sound potter.


I was of course mistaken about the importance of Part 2, it is integral to working out or at least trying to resolve the mysteries that develop in Parts 3 before the author does.
It also deepens the impact of the discoveries that Phil and his compatriots uncover in the later Parts.


Part 3, was significantly more entertaining than the earlier Parts.
In Part 1, I had been drawn into the initial Phil/Amish story and would have found that good enough to finish the book had that story continued.
Part 3, however, despite the time jump and the slight story reorientation gripped me ever so much more tightly.
I was intrigued and impressed by the author's speculation and the mystery elements tantalisingly dangled before my eyes.
Very quickly I was compelled deeper into the book and the thriller elements ensured that I didn't surface until the end.


Part 4, contains the conclusion and you'll have to judge that entirely for yourself, because I'm off for a cup of tea.



So far, a delight! Imaginative, clever, smooth writing.
Who can ask for more? Alas! I have to put it aside to read a book related to my research on the book I'm writing: Dogs and Civilization.
As soon as I finish that bookand get my next chapter written, I'll finish The Silk Code

As the above indicates, the first third of the book is excellent.
It starts in the present day with fireflies bred to burn down houses.
The entire book explores the possibilities of invention without using machinery, although a little magic seems okay.
Maybe I'm calling it magic because I couldn't figure out how prehumans, called The Singers created cave paintings that moved.
Levinson dreams up incredible exploits, inventions and travel from 700 or more years ago.
This alone is worth the read.
His premise is that technological invention starts with the dawn of humans.
He even describes an ancient record player made of natural, nonmetallic materials.


This is a detective story, but quite different from the usual.
Levinson has detectives detecting from the time of the Silk Road to the present

Why, they, did I not give it 5 stars? Because, to me, the conceit wore thin.
There were no characters whom I could identify with.
To me, plot alone isn't engaging.
I need to care about one character, at least and to see how that character develops, not just who he or she is or is capable of at the outset.


In general, I don't like detective stories, science fiction or fantasy.
I realize that this is my failing, not necessarily the author's The cover caught my eye in the Mystery section of the library and I couldn't just leave it there so I picked it up and scanned the back.
The book was full of the mysteriousness of ancient bio warfare and murder mixed with modern day forensics.
The plot was intriguing and full of twists and turns.
I had to bring it home.
The story was set in New York and ancient times constantly switching back and forth explaining the plot and introducing the science and philosophy behind it.
In the first few pages of the book the author had my complete and utter attention.
He had killed an unknown character and introduced more with the reluctance of information.
I just had to read more to find out the interesting plot as it unfolded and opened my eyes to an exciting and fantastic storyline.
The main character; Phil D'Amato has an aptitude for finding death and mystery without trying and is submerged in mystery from the beginning.
He displays the humorous thoughts of man and shows the readers his personality throughout the book.
When the murders hit home he needs to act upon it and immerses himself into a delicate mystery where one wrong move can lead to imminent death.
When he starts investigating and finds information on ancient civilization and theories the book just gets more interesting and exciting.
I just couldn't put down.
I became completely obsessed with his life.
It was an excellent book relating ancient times and modern day mystery with many suspenseful moments.
It was a fantastic page turner.
Anybody interested in thrilling mystery full of plot twists, science, and philosophy would love this book as much as I did.
My second audio book, and a very compelling story.


I was let down by the ending.
It seemed rushed, as though the author decided "that's enough", and wrapped everything up in a few brief pages as quickly as he could.
Yes, all the loose ends were wrapped up, but it was jarring.


Or.
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perhaps the reason I was let down was because I simply did not want this novel to end.
It was literally fascinating.
Each of the 3 sections had me scratching my head saying "this author cannot be serious", but he was.
If I listed some of the things in this novel, you'd think I was joking.
Firefly bombs to burn down a house in seconds? Mending genetic code with silk?

But it's done so well, that you shrug, and you say to yourself "let's see how Mr.
Levinson will explain this away", and you find yourself being carried away by the majestic story.


Even the 3 different parts add to the book's splendor.
The middle part (which some complain is disjointed and confusing) seems to be a mininovel in itself.
It was actually my favorite section.
And yes, the author does bring it all together in the end.
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So.
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disappointing ending? Or disappointed that it did end? A bit of both, frankly.
Had this book went on for a couple more hundred pages, the strange and wonderful DNA theories would have continued to keep me captivated.


And I look forward eagerly to some more Levinson in the near future.
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The Silk Code left me with mixed feelings.
I am generally fascinated by anything featuring Neanderthals, especially living ones in a modern setting.
That was inventive but I didn't like the ending of the story and the final portrayal of the Neanderthal(s).


Some reviewers didn't care for the Tocharian interlude/subplot in the second part of the book.
In my view, the rest of the story would have been meaningless without that part.
Plus, it was a fascinating story in itself.


I don't know how to address the whole "Amish as genetic super scientists" concept.
But this is a work of fiction so I suppose the author can do as he chooses and it did pull the story together.


Overall, I enjoyed this book.
There were some fascinating ideas in it.
Now that I'm winding up this review, I think I'll go put on my silk robe and have a cuppa tea in my butterfly garden.
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just in case.
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After an argument with myself, I am settling on a 3* review.
I found this book to be exceedingly frustrating.
I just felt like it could have been so much better.


The story is about a genetic virus on a DNA level and it discusses DNA based technology used by the Amish.
I found the concept fascinating.
I did struggle to find a character to connect with emotionally, but settled on Phil and Jenna's relationship to relate with.


Phil is a forensic examiner.
He and his friends/cohorts/colleagues discover bodies that carbon date 30,000 years in the past.
Deaths ensue, bodies get lost, and Phil must get to the bottom of it before humanity is wiped out.
OK, maybe not quite that desperate, but that is the idea.


It is essentially an old time mystery story (think Raymond Chandler et al.
) with some science fiction type ideas thrown in.
Both parts are well thought out and written.
I found the genetic manipulation that Mr.
Levinson describes absolutely fascinating and it is this concept that sets the book apart.
These parts (1,3 and 4) of the story are frantic and fast paced and make an excellent story.
Of at least 4 stars.


But, there is another part to the story.
The second part.
The Tocharian Chariot.
In this part, we are sent far to the past to take a journey with Gwellyn as he travels the known world to find the history of the 'singers' while having flings with almost every female whose path he crosses.
This part is written in a totally different voice and felt like a completely different style.
In fact, I double checked to make sure the book was not actually a short story collection.
This part was painful.
Had the first part not so engrossed me, I surely would have put this book aside.
But, I really wanted to finish the mystery.
I could have skipped this part, but I feared I would miss something important.
This part would have rated 1*.
But, since there were 3 parts with more starsI settled on 3 for the book.


Even though the conclusion of the book does go back to this part, I do not actually feel like I would have missed anything had I skipped it.
I would have just felt like I cheated.
Which was beyond me.
So, I read it.


Also, this book was written in 1999.
This matters.
There is much talk about cell phones and call costsall of which are very different today.
So, to maintain some semblance of reality, it helps to remember the writing date.


I would recommend the book with a couple caveats.
1) I would simply skip the second part.
I think I would have loved the book without this part and don't think I would have missed much.
2) the writing style is a bit choppy (but that may have been my version), but the story itself is intriguing.
This.
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well, it's not open to the accusation of being the sameold sameold.
Amish bioengineers help protect a New York forensic scientist from a kind of retrovirus created by Neanderthals.
Who are still around, and still fighting us.
In the middle of the book, we go back to the 7th century, where a Tocharian druid, a Jew, a Byzantine Greek and a Moslem walk into a bar.
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sorry, I mean, circumnavigate Africa in search of the Singers, another name for the Neanderthals.
Silk is all over the place, and the codes in DNA, music, language, and woven fabrics are freely convertible into one another (which is pretty obvious nonsense).


The science is.
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unlikely, and I found my suspension of disbelief tested beyond destruction a few times.
I chose to regard it as more a technothriller than SF (the echo in the title of another wellknown thriller involving dubious ancient mysteries helped with that).
As a thriller, it kind of works.
As a mystery, it very much doesn't; we're not given the clues to figure it out, and it has to be unwound in a big infodump at the end.
There are scientific, or scientificadjacent, infodumps throughout, usually short enough not to be too tedious.


The main character, the forensic scientist, unfortunately isn't very protagonistic.
The author even hangs a lampshade on this early on, pointing out that he's just been reacting to events, but it doesn't improve all that much.
Secondary characters drop dead around him with alarming frequency, he is apparently given a lot of latitude by his department to investigate the mystery, but his inquiries are not that effective, hence the need for the final infodump.
He falls back on wild speculation as a substitute for any kind of scientific effectiveness (for a forensic scientist, he's very bad at finding evidence).


This isn't remotely a feminist book.
A couple of the older female characters manage to be actual characters, but the younger ones are mainly objects of the male gaze.
That includes Jenna, the MC's girlfriend, who, to me, never seemed to have any characteristics of her own; she was someone for him to have sex with, worry about and engage in expository dialog.


Nothing really hung together for me.
Were the Neanderthals 30,000 years old, or was it just some technobabbled effect of the virus that made Neanderthal remains look that age? Apparently, both.
Was the main Neanderthal character 300 or 30? What was the deal with the silk? Butterflies to carry messages, really?

Adding to the annoyance, I listened to this in the Podiobooks version.
The narrator frequently fumbles words, and should not attempt an English accent; his attempt sounds like nothing on earth, but the closest comparison I can make is a Bostonian who's just lost a drunken brawl.
The author shows off how wellconnected he is in the SFF world by having wellknown writers introduce each chapter.


That all makes it sound as if I hated it, and I didn't.
I listened all the way through, and was entertained.
It's just that the many issues eventually outweighed the entertainment factor, and apart from the chutzpah of even attempting something like this, there wasn't much to make it stand out.