The Consciousness Plague
A little bit mystery, a little bit sci-fi and a whole lot of inquistive character development kept me glued to “The Consciousness Plague” from beginning to end. For those interested in medicine, serial killers and msyteries you’ll find this book a quick read and you’ll wish it didn’t have to end so soon.
Paul Levinson out did himself with this story. It is written perfectly. There are a lot of in-depth discussions which involve how the brain communicates and remembers things. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to understand the dialogue, but Levinson wrote it in such a way that I was able to make sense of it and enjoy it.
Phil D’Amato, our main man, is a NYPD forensic detective. There is a serial killer plaguing his area and the person(s) are strangling women, stripping them and leaving them for dead. At first there doesn’t appear to be a motive or connection between the women. In fact, there doesn’t even appear to be a suspect until much closer to the end of the book.
There is another storyline that develops throughout and that involves a flu epidemic that is spreading worldwide. The newly developed antibiotic Ominin seems to kick the bacteria within a week’s time, but there is one extreme side effect. It messes with your memory and people are forgetting hours of their days.
Can you see how Ominin could complicate the murder case?
Oh and it does.
The twists and turns that this story takes were rivetting and I may end up reading this one again later down the road. There is some holes in the story with the secondary events and characters, but they can be forgiven overall.