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Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods--World War II and the present. Our 1940s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, cryptanalyst extraordinaire, and gung ho, morphine-addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe. They're part of Detachment 2702, an Allied group trying to break Axis communication codes while simultaneously preventing the enemy from figuring out that their codes have been broken. Their job boils down to layer upon layer of deception. Dr. Alan Turing is also a member of 2702, and he explains the unit's strange workings to Waterhouse. "When we want to sink a convoy, we send out an observation plane first.... Of course, to observe is not its real duty--we already know exactly where the convoy is. Its real duty is to be observed.... Then, when we come round and sink them, the Germans will not find it suspicious."
All of this secrecy resonates in the present-day story line, in which the grandchildren of the WWII heroes--inimitable programming geek Randy Waterhouse and the lovely and powerful Amy Shaftoe--team up to help create an offshore data haven in Southeast Asia and maybe uncover some gold once destined for Nazi coffers. To top off the paranoiac tone of the book, the mysterious Enoch Root, key member of Detachment 2702 and the Societas Eruditorum, pops up with an unbreakable encryption scheme left over from WWII to befuddle the 1990s protagonists with conspiratorial ties.
Cryptonomicon is vintage Stephenson from start to finish: short on plot, but long on detail so precise it's exhausting. Every page has a math problem, a quotable in-joke, an amazing idea, or a bit of sharp prose. Cryptonomicon is also packed with truly weird characters, funky tech, and crypto--all the crypto you'll ever need, in fact, not to mention all the computer jargon of the moment. A word to the wise: if you read this book in one sitting, you may die of information overload (and starvation). --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A thick read. If you're looking for a story that toggles between WW2 and the modern world, involves computers and encryption then this is the book for you.Published 1 day ago by F. Grossman
Stephenson skillfully weaves together several character's stories, over two generations, and throws in an encyclopedia's worth of interesting information about cryptography,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by A. Boudreaux
This is my second read. I really like the continuity with the Baroque Cycle. The recurring character of the eternal Enoch Root and the families that interact throughout history are... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bernard Mason Smith
Complex subplots, all revolving around cryptography, code breaking, and their consequences in WWII. Technologically sound. Best if you are a nerd.Published 10 days ago by Winston LeChat
Behind the scenes and on the beaches during WWII, with Marines and code breakers, then fast forward to a modern and mysterious treasure hunt, with a fascinating and seamless blend... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Blake Hurst
This was recommended to my by the salesperson who sold me my most recent smart-phone. I was reluctant, at first, as he told me that it was required reading for workers looking for... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kathryn Thomas
One of my all-time favorites. This is one of those books that makes me think of the characters as real people.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is well known that this is an excellent book. History, character development, math, cryptology, coding, accurate science, plot - all well done. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer