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Full of twists and turns and memorable characters, this is a must-read WWII thriller
on July 2, 2015
Robert Harris is known for writing high quality historical/alternative history fiction. His 'Fatherland' imagined a world where Germany won WWII. This book tells the story of Tom Jericho, a fictionalized composite of the brilliant mathematicians that worked tirelessly to break the infamous Enigma code employed by the Germans. Jericho is a student of Alan Turing (the real-life father of computer science) who gets recruited to work at Bletchley Park, Britain's code-breaking center. There he stumbles into an ill-fated love affair with an enigmatic (pun intended) woman named Claire, your prototypical femme fatale.
What follows is a story of great intrigue and suspense, full of tense moments and a truly unexpected plot twist at the end. The descriptions of cold and dreary England, Jericho's descent into depression, ordinary Brits struggling to cope with the hardships of the war are all very memorable and make this book into something more than a mere thriller.