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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.
Maybe i read this book too late. I think this may have been a great thriller 10 years ago when we didn't have all the advances in technology we see today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jose Burgos
Little disappointed never finished it. Gave it to a friend.Published 8 months ago by Lillian Cummings
Almost didn't read this because of online reviews but it was better than I thought it would be. Not Dan Brown's greatest but still a good read.Published 13 months ago by Regina
I enjoyed this book even more than Deception Point, which is saying a lot because I really loved that one. So many twists and turns here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Vamplover
Dan Brown has a unique way of writing his story , it,s ease to follow and hard to put down. This one is definitely a book I would recommend .Enjoy.Published 14 months ago by Humming Bird
Dan Brown's characters are believable even when his plot is over-contrived as here. It is interesting to see how the author developed his genius as he moved on chronologically.Published 17 months ago by Connie Blenkinsop
I liked the idea of this book more than the execution. With this book, Mr. Brown still hadn't found his voice yet so I would only recommend it for those who don't expect one of his... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Sliz
A good read but, quite a departure from the Dan Brown we have come to expect. I got a bit of a head ache trying to read all the encoded script. Recommend if you like techy novels.Published 23 months ago by Ken Foxcroft
Another one-day in the life of adventure - where everyone dies and some come back from the dead.
I LIKE because I trust Dan Brown's work to fulfill exactly what I seek... Read more