- Series: A Salem's Cipher Novel (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Midnight Ink (September 8, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738757551
- ISBN-13: 978-0738757551
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jess Lourey writes about secrets.
She is the bestselling Lefty, Agatha, and Anthony-nominated author of the critically-acclaimed Mira James mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." Jess also writes nonfiction, edge-of-your-seat YA adventure, magical realism, and feminist thrillers.
She is a tenured professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx presenter (check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind her writing). You can find out more at jessicalourey.com.
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At the center of it all, Salem is an FBI cryptanalyst who is battling her own personal demons. My heart really went out to her, and I found her a very sympathetic, however flawed, investigator. Maybe I loved her because of her flaws, and how hard she fought.
VERDICT: Highly recommended if you love a super plotty, character-driven puzzle of a thriller that makes you question everything you thought you knew about historical landmarks.
Salem Wiley is cryptanalysis savant who is working with a secret U.S. group to break codes while she develops GAEA, a quantum computing program to help keep the country’s national security programs superior to foreign programs and systems.
In the series first book, Salem broke a code that led to great treasure as well as saving her mother’s life and that of 7-year-old Mercy with whom she has become incredibly close. In addition, Bel, her childhood friend, managed to save the life of Gina Hayes, the first female President of the United States.
It seems there is an ancient conspiracy that revolves around two groups: The Hermitage (or the Order in Europe) that is run by men and The Underground, run by women. The Underground is dedicated to “cracking ciphers rumored to lead to a truth that would right history and restore women’s global power”.
In this adventure Salem is forced to figure out the secrets of Stonehenge in exchange for Mercy’s life since she has been kidnapped by the Order. Of course, the Order has assassins trailing Salem and her partner, an MI5 agent, to make sure they know when she has solved the “code” or mystery of Stonehenge.
While the premise is good the execution is somewhat weak. The pace is a little irregular as character confusion distracts along with a few unrealistic steps here and there on the way to the solution. What really works are the detailed descriptions of how Salem puzzles through to find the hidden places in which clues are found