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The Consciousness Plague (Phil D'Amato #2)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"At last we get Paul Levinson's superb forensic sleuth, Phil D'Amato, in a full-length novel. If you know Phil from his previous appearances, I need say no more. If you don't, kick back and enjoy a mystery that spans the ages," said Jack McDevitt of "The Silk Code," the first Phil D'Amato novel. Now, D'Amato, hero of a number of stories published in "Analog," is back.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2002 by Tor Books (first published 2002)
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Dec 11, 2016 Kristin rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Wendi rated it really liked it
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
Jim Kratzok
May 27, 2015 Jim Kratzok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 20, 2009 Jerry rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Kae Cheatham
Feb 12, 2011 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fiction, mystery
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.
Jp Born
Jun 04, 2014 Jp Born rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 it...riven with cliched statements by the main character, it was utterly incomprehensible...not 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 reason...I kept reading to find out what ...more
Elizabeth Hunter
Mar 13, 2011 Elizabeth Hunter rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
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 ...more
Lis Carey
Feb 21, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-sf, mystery, fiction
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 ...more
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)

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Oct 02, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever angle on thinking about how the universe may not want us to know all of its tricks. Cute sci-fi piece.
Nov 05, 2010 Deedee rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
The concept was cool. The focus of this novel was on the concept. The characters and plot were secondary.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
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.
Robert Blechman
Robert Blechman rated it it was amazing
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Feb 04, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2007 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Paul Levinson, PhD, is an author, professor, and media commentator. His first novel, The Silk Code, won the Locus Award for best first science fiction novel of 1999. Entertainment Weekly called his 2006 novel, The Plot to Save Socrates, “challenging fun”. Both novels were were reissued as an "author's cut" ebooks in 2012, and Unburning Alexandria, sequel to The Plot to Save Socrates, was published ...more
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