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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 haven't read it but I hate it because you have me down as buying it twice.Published 1 day ago by Helen I. Ginther
Always enjoy Dan Brown's books. As usual I could not put it down. He keeps you craving for more right from page 1.Published 2 days ago by CHERYL DONALDSON
somewhat predictable and mediocre, based on a lot of misinterpretation of technology.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a fan for Dan Brown's more famous titles, I found this one a bit lacking. It was a decent read, but I found it predictable. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jessica J
How is it that this guy can hook me early, keep my attention and make it all seem so possible ?Published 4 days ago by John P. Biddle
Great book. Story moves along at a great pace...hard to put down. Loved the hi-tech story lines...very informative and true to real life.Published 6 days ago by Jacqueline
I didn't find this read as enjoyable as some of his past books mostly because there was too much filler and not enough substance.Published 9 days ago by Gary & Susie's
The book is great read for Cryptography and network security enthusiasts. It also brings into focus the role played by Intelligence agencies in national security and the sometimes... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Prudhvi Ravipati
Not the Dan Brown I have come to enjoy. Entertaining but fairly basic formula stuff. It did not keep me riveted.Published 10 days ago by ronster