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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.
Apparently this book's interpretation of character complexity is to have a high-level government genius cryptologist be unable to decipher subtext in conversations with those... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alexander Andreev
This was my first Dan Brown book. I really enjoyed the read. However, there were some slow parts in the book that almost drove me to put it down. I am glad I finished it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Renada Flynt
Dan Brown always keeps you guessing about what is around the next corner. The further I get into his books the harder it gets to put them down. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Gary
There is no history n architecture here. The Brown formula of thrillers is there. Without the research, it lacks attraction.Published 20 days ago by YIPLIU