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In this case, the secret formula is a new means of encryption, capable of changing the balance of international power. Part of the fun is that the book takes the reader along into an understanding of encryption technologies. You'll find yourself better understanding the political battles over such real-life technologies as the Clipper Chip and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software even though the book looks at the issues through the eyes of fiction.
Although there's enough globehopping in this book for James Bond, the real battleground is cyberspace, because that's where the "bomb" (or rather, the new encryption algorithm) will explode. Yes, there are a few flaws in the plot if you look too closely, but the cleverness and the sheer fun of it all more than make up for them. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and a lot of high, gee-whiz-level information about encryption, code breaking, and the role they play in international politics. Set aside the whole afternoon and evening for it and have finger food on hand for supper--you may want to read this one straight through. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am 75 years old and have read many books. To be brief, this is probably the worst book I have ever read. I add the word probably because I can't remember all I have read.Published 31 minutes ago by Jerry Bank
It has a good chase and intriguing suspense but feels a bit abrupt with the end.Published 12 days ago by Siddharth Kumar
Loved this book. Was my 2nd time reading it.
Wish Dan Brown would write more like this. While I love his Langdon novels, I really wish he would write more books in this... Read more
This book was decent. Could have been much shorter and somehow a tech thriller turned into a love story, which is stupid.Published 21 days ago by JUSTIN C DOZIER
I liked this book, it was an exciting story. But calling the Enigma a "12 ton" encryption device? Good grief, it's portable! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Donald M. Shepherd