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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.
It succeeds as a thriller, I just wish that Brown knew the difference between a code and a cipher and some other things about the subject. Read morePublished 1 day ago by mdcatdad
I read this book after I read "The Da Vinci Code". This novel starts off a little slower especially compared to his newer Robert Langdon chronicles. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Stone Michaels
This is a fun read ... nothing earth shaking, a nice twist at the end (but don't they all have one :)) ... overall a nice read.Published 20 days ago by Tim
Each event of the book follows a similar pattern. Every chapter starts with an unexpected event and ends with a predictable outcome. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jin Hyuk Kim
The book has enough intrigue in it ...I could not put it down till it was "THE END"...And what an end it was.Published 29 days ago by J.Corrigan
Enjoyed every page - kinda scary to think about what really takes place at Big Brother
But I don't worry too much
This is the fourth book of Dan Brown that I have read. I really enjoy his style. This book has a number of twist and turns, which really made it enjoyable.Published 29 days ago by James