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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.
Great book by great author..
still looking forward for another dan brown's masterpiece
I loved Devin ch Code and Angles and Demons. I then found Dan Browns earlier works and this was a great find.Published 4 days ago by Justin Shaver
Ugghh. Don't waste your time, this book isn't worth it. I won't repeat negative comments made by other reviewers, as I agree with them. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kelly Van Rijn
Really enjoyed this book. The author keeps you in the book. Have not read a disappointing book from Dan Brown yetPublished 9 days ago by Micheal C Wilson
This is by far the worst book I have ever read. So terrible that I felt the need to write my first ever amazon review. Just annoyingly bad.. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Antu Nehuen
I've never read a Dan Brown book. Given his notoriety, I thought I'd give him a shot. Five minutes into listening to the audio, I had to turn it off. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Love2write123