The Consciousness Plague

From of the author of The Silk Code, winner of the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel, comes another intriguing blend of science fiction and hard boiled police procedural mystery The Consciousness Plague is about memory, particularly, how the loss of memory, in slivers of time deducted from a growing number of individuals, can subtly undermine and play havoc withFrom of the author of The Silk Code, winner of the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel, comes another intriguing blend of science fiction and hard boiled police procedural mystery The Consciousness Plague is about memory, particularly, how the loss of memory, in slivers of time deducted from a growing number of individuals, can subtly undermine and play havoc with everything from the investigation of serial stranglings to candlelight dinners Dr D Amato, NYPD forensic detective, investigates a spate of unusual cases of memory loss and finds evidence of a bacteria like organism that has lived in our brains since our origin as a species and may be responsible for our very consciousness There s evidence for this consciousness bug in the ancient Phoenician and Viking cultures and everywhere Phil looks in our world A new antibiotic crosses the blood brain barrier and inadvertently kills this essential bug Phil himself becomes a victim of the memory drain, and must struggle to get the proper authorities to pay attention before everyone loses so much memory that they forget that they forgot in the first place.
The Consciousness Plague From of the author of The Silk Code winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel comes another intriguing blend of science fiction and hard boiled police procedural mystery The Consciousness

  • Title: The Consciousness Plague
  • Author: Paul Levinson
  • ISBN: 9781593160388
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 1 thought on “The Consciousness Plague”

    1. Levinson blends 2 very different plotlines together here, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It is a particularly bad flu season, but there is a new drug out there that seems to be excellent at stopping the bug in its tracks, and even better, it is effective against meningitis too because it crosses the blood-brain barrier, which is notoriously difficult to do. In the midst of this, Phil D'Amato, a forensic detective with the NYPD, is called in to try to find clues related to the stra [...]

    2. I got this book from the library as a "playaway", an audio book that is pre-loaded onto an MP3-type device. It's a pretty nifty set up, especially for books that are perhaps a little too much for my children to hear, but that I can listen to while washing the dishes, folding the laundry, etc.Okay, here's what I like about the book:A good "murder mystery" fun read, one that gets you thinking and wondering "whodonit". It also gets you thinking about memory and its important role in all of our live [...]

    3. Fascinating concept OK, I'm not a neurologist but neurology is an interest of mine. I'm not sure I buy into the basic premise of this story - that a special antibiotic could affect memory as described in The Consciousness Plague. But, if we just accept the idea as a possibility, then the rest of the book is terrific.I've been reading a lot of "space operas" and werewolf books lately. The Consciousness Plague was a very pleasant departure from those stories. An honest to goodness detective story [...]

    4. This book has all the elements of hard science fiction, murder mystery, and a good detective novel all in one. The best part of it is that it is believable, realistic, and set in the present. As a biologist I really enjoyed this book because it is based on real science. I'm not saying everything in the book is true, but it is great science fiction, in the way Isaac Asimov used hard scientific theory to tell his stories. A great read for all occasions.

    5. Good book, never read/listened to a mystery/sci-fi and was impressed. The book is predictable at times. Enough science in the book to make the reader understand the theory behind the subplot but not too much as to be above the readers head.Will read more Levinson books.

    6. I would like to rate this book 3.5 stars, but GoodReads only allows whole star increments. This book isn't going to make my list of all time favorite books, but it was fun for light reading. It did take me a while to finish.

    7. Imaginative bio-med premise and completely believable with good intrigue, where the reader can actually be a little ahead of the first-person protagonist, yet still doesn't have it solved. Writing is fluid and descriptive. Character development good. Recommended.

    8. I don't write negative reviews, but since I somehow managed to slog through this whole boring book I will just say why I didn't like itriven with cliched statements by the main character, it was utterly incomprehensiblet only the science (can't believe some say it was believable) but by the triteness. The thing that really annoyed me was the fact that the two strands, as it were, of the mystery were connected only by pure chance, with no rhyme or reasonI kept reading to find out what the connect [...]

    9. I wanted to like this even more than I did. The premise--that something is causing random memory losses among the team investigating a series of murders in New York--was right up my alley and the speculations of the forensic psychologist on the team concerning the role of bacteria in consciousness were very interesting. There was too much running around and too many different people pulled into the plot to provide single pieces of information, and the author never could decide if he was most int [...]

    10. This is the second Phil D'Amato mystery novel. It has all the virtues of the first one, and it's much better integrated--no weird diversions through other stories which happen to contain crucial information. In the wake of a flu epidemic, treated by a new antibiotic that is actually effective in shortening the length and lessening the severity of the disease, there's an epidemic of short-term amnesia. It moves from the level of annoying to the level of serious problem when it starts to interfere [...]

    11. From of the author of The Silk Code, winner of the 1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel, comes another intriguing blend of science fiction and hard-boiled police procedural mystery. In The Consciousness Plague, forensic detective Phil D'Amato returns to investigate a spate of unusual cases of memory loss and discovers evidence of an organism that's lived in our brains since the beginning of humanity—and may be responsible for our very consciousness in the first place. (cover blurb)I don't rem [...]

    12. Clever angle on thinking about how the universe may not want us to know all of its tricks. Cute sci-fi piece.

    13. The concept was cool. The focus of this novel was on the concept. The characters and plot were secondary.

    14. Maybe more like a 3.5, but I'm feeling generous. Quite possibly the best of the books featuring this protagonist -- it has the least info-dumping and extraneous communication theory.

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