In his first novel, Levinson was not afraid to tackle big concepts. His narrative spans 1,300 years and several continents, from the Tocharians, a tribe living in Xinjiang on the Silk Road route around 750 A.D., to a New York library janitor who may or may not be entirely human. When the bodies of what look like recently dead Neanderthals start turning up in Toronto and London, the book revs into high gear. We hurtle through a dozen murders, theories for the origins of Homo sapiens and the demise of the Neanderthals; touch on aspects of the philosophy of science and the possibility that cave paintings are really prehistoric movies; and wrap up with an interesting vision of what humanity might have been--if only things had turned out differently.
Phil D'Amato made his first appearance in Analog, and fans of his forensic sleuthing will love this full-length treatment. It is biological SF of the Old School--plenty of adventure with no fancy writing and very little character development to get in the way of the plot. --Luc Duplessis
I am always delighted to find a new science fiction author. There are simply not enough of them being published these days to suit me. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002 by Jennifer Juday
This remarkable novel contains one of the great rarities of popular literature: A truly original idea, namely that "advanced technology" need not involve computers,... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2001
My wife got me this book because it is by a local author. This is the second of his books I've read and I guess I just don't like his episodic, very bland style of writing. Read morePublished on May 12 2001
This book was extremely disappointing. The characters were one-dimensional, existing only to advance the plotline (or to be murdered). Read morePublished on May 5 2001
If you're fascinated by the potential of human genome research, as I am, you'll love Levinson's novel. Read morePublished on March 6 2001 by Henry Ehrman
I thought the book was interesting but overall a disappointment. Firstly, the science was hard to believe. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2001
Prehistoric man has been an interest of mine for many years. I look for articles about Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals in the New York Times, and I try to watch shows about them on... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2001 by Joseph Tribio
Somehow, this book was selected as a 2000 Locus award winner. A very questionable choice, IMHO. The book is not terrible, but, I can't recommend it. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2001 by "kooldak"