“Decipher” by Stel Pavlou

It’s an old book that I read about a year back, and I was tracking it down again just now (to check whether a German translation is out that I could recommend to a friend) and realised I had never written anything about it.
It’s a very-near-future SF romp that in an age-old fashion ties archological finds with extraterrestrial influences. It is (or seems which in most cases is good enough) well researched and its sense of “style” reminded me strongly of Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash”. I hope there’ll be more books from Stel Pavlou…

8 thoughts on ““Decipher” by Stel Pavlou

  1. Jason

    I’ve just read Decipher for the second time, it really is a fantastic
    book. Stel will be comming out with another book sometime this year
    called “Gene” it sounds pretty good. I’m not sure if there is a German
    translation available – good luck with that.

  2. mike

    have read decipher 4 times already and think it is a brilliant piece of work.
    it is a shame though that while there are three different scripts doing the rounds no one seems to want to take up the film adaptation.

  3. Viva

    My brother gave me a copy of Decipher & I think it is great sci fi backed by lots of facts that are thought-provoking and cutting edge in our science. Wish I could produce the picture.

  4. Hugh Simpson

    If anyone knows how to contact Stel please email me at hugh@usprepared.com as I’m a TV producer and former investigative reporter for Post Newsweek TV who also has written a book based on the Earth Changes or pole shifts. I’m also involved in remote viewing and believe that Stel possibly is a remote viewer. I am currently setting up a new web site where we will be possibly going after the lost city of Atlantis with a fully funded archaeological and remote viewing team. I have also been a four hour guest with Art Bell.

  5. Thomas McSherry

    I’m reading the book for the first time and have found it to be pretty decent. The character development could use some work – you just don’t care that much for any of them – but the action, historical references, technology, etc, make it pretty fun. But as far as the research goes, Sarah (the woman geologist) could not have been from Stillwater Wisconsin… there’s no such town. Stillwater (where Jessica Lange lived until just recently) is in Minnesota and is across the St. Croix river from Wisconsin. I thought those were the types of things that Editors actually researched.

  6. DJ

    I have and read the Decipher and the Gene, it was the greatest book of all my life, and i’m the type, whose very choosey about what book and what they contain, i’m very much looking forward for his book, hope it comes out soon..

  7. Alastair C

    Decipher is a good read. A bit clumpy in style, rather like the Da Vinci Code in combining ancient secrets with a modern plot line.

    Decipher is available in German with the title which translates into English as “Code Zero”

  8. Alastair C

    Come to think of it, it seems to have been inspired by Graham Hancock’s non-fiction works of a great catastrophic flood at the end of the last Ice Age, which destroyed a highly technological civilisation, now lost to history, but survivors from which sparked the beginings of our own civilisation. Read “Footprints of the Gods” and go to http://www.grahamhancock.co.uk

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