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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.
Dan Brown has proved once again that he can write a thrilling plot that whips the reader along in a frenzy of intrigue. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kathy Smith-Olson
This is the third Dan Brown book I have read. While the eye for detail and vivid description of places and technology is great, the suspense is not. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Murthy Chaganti
Good read with non stop action and jumping from one continent to another in a blink of an eye. Hard to put down.Published 13 days ago by Eddie
I find the plot very carefully strewn. The way Dan Brown writes makes you go "What? It all happened in day?" after you read the whole thing. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Patrick Smith
Some if his usual style with travel, interesting facts (history included), and a clever read with some twistsPublished 24 days ago by Gary Walker