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The Crimson Cipher

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A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives and uncover her father's killers. In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster's father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer beause of the expertise she gained in helping her f...more
Unknown Binding, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Summerside (first published July 1st 2010)
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Janna
I have read lots of books concerning WWII, but not nearly as many about WWI. Consequently I was fascinated by "The Crimson Cipher" which deals with sabotage and espionage in America before it entered WWI. I loved the characters that were dealing with murder, mystery and so much more as they tried to uncover danger before it happened. Emma is a strong young woman that is devastated when her father is killed over what seems to be the project he was working on designing - a machine that can encrypt...more
Riccarla Roman
I liked this book. Although it was an espionage book, it's also an inspirational that reminded me of Grace Livingston Hill.

Emma Shuster works with her father in the area of cryptology, which is decoding coded messages. Her father was working on a machine that could encrypt messages for the military. The really interesting concept is that this is set in the U.S. during WWI. The U.S. is not in the war but are aiding the Allies. Germany wanted to keep the U.S. and Canada from aiding Britain, so the...more
ReviewsByMolly
Aug 23, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: cfba
Susan Page Davis has always been a wonderful author, in my opinion. I've read some of her Heartsong Presents book and her Love Inspired books and have never been disappointed, so I just knew I couldn't pass up the chance to read her latest novel, The Crimson Cipher. Susan captured me yet again with another of her wonderful novels!

Susan Page Davis' writing style instantly pulls you in to this story with both attraction and mystery. Set before the intensity of a raging World War, The Crimson Ciphe...more
Francie ( glitter glu )
it was very slow and boring. didn't finish it because of those reasons. i could not get into it.
Janna
I have read lots of books concerning WWII, but not nearly as many about WWI. Consequently I was fascinated by "The Crimson Cipher" which deals with sabotage and espionage in America before it entered WWI. I loved the characters that were dealing with murder, mystery and so much more as they tried to uncover danger before it happened. Emma is a strong young woman that is devastated when her father is killed over what seems to be the project he was working on designing - a machine that can encrypt...more
Ruth
Emma Shuster’s peaceful, academic world is rocked when she discovers her father, a professor and researcher, has been brutally murdered. His death leaves his most important work unfinished – a new machine designed for the secure encryption of sensitive information. With war raging in Europe, and the United States government skirting a delicate balance of maintaining neutrality while protecting political and economic interests, the need for new methods of encryption and deciphering codes has neve...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis is a fast-paced and intriguing look at the world of code-breaking in the days leading up to WWI. When Emma Shuster's father is found shot dead in his office, she assumes that he was murdered for information about the new ciphering machine he was creating for a bank. Navy lieutenant John Patterson arrived to talk to Professor Shuster but ends up helping Emma deal with funeral preparations and plans for the future in the wake of her father's death. The couple...more
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About the book: A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives...and uncover her father's killers.

In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster's father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer because of the expertise she gained in helping her father develop a cipher system. Emma finds new strength in her faith as she strives to outwit her adversary,...more
Margaret
I love a good espionage novel, and this story about a code breaker is an absolute delight. Although I had been introduced to the writing of author Susan Page Davis in another historical series that was not quite my cup of tea for the portion I read, I enjoyed this book so much that I will have to give that series another chance. The Crimson Cipher has mystery that keeps you on edge and romance that makes you just melt. The verbiage was great and made me really feel like I was there in the time b...more
Ausjenny
Another good book By Susan Page Davis.
This book is set during WW1 but before the USA commit to the war. I found it interesting and informative as I knew the US didn't join in the war very early but didn't know of alot of the reasons. I also didn't know about the domestic issues in Canada also.
This book starts with the murder of Emma's father and what happens after. Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer due to her expertised gained from helping her father develop a ciph...more
Krysten
Charming story and a nice summer read. Reading this made me realize how little I know about WWI. The love story wasn't overwhelming and the violence wasn't overpowering, a good balance between the two
Melanie
I alway enjoy reading mystery books that are written in the 1900's (Miss fortune by Sara Mills...), so it was no surprise that I loved this book.

'The Crimson Cipher' did not disappoint me at all. It had romance, mystery and suspense throughout and was just all-around a great book.

I definitely would recommend 'The Crimson Cipher' if you like mystery and romance together. I loved the code breaking part of this book also, it made me think of how it might be in real life. I hope that there will be...more
Nicole
This was a really good and clean read. I loved that it was so intriguing and that the romance wasn't overdone, but rather, in a word, Gentle. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is that at times it seemed a bit slow. So maybe my official rating is 4.5
Very good book. I definitely recommend.
Iola
The plot was good, the characters were good, I liked the suspense element (particularly the codebreaking), but I did feel that the development of the romantic relationship between the hero and the heroine was lacking the spark I found in Frasier Island and Inside Story.
Linda
I really enjoyed this refreshing, historical romance novel that takes place in the early 1900's. The characters and setting will transport you to a past era in our history. Secret encryptions, murders, suspense and intrigue all add up to an entertaining read.
Rebecca
The historical events surrounding this story were amazing. And the story line was interesting, but the conversation, chapter flow and personal emotion were weak enough that I felt very detached. But certainly worth the read!
Tgirl


Slow-paced and slightly boring. One plus about the book was the characters' language. It had an authenticity about it that made you feel like you were really in the WW2 time era.
Pam
I wish I could give this book 6 stars!! Gripping plot, well developed characters and Christian values embedded naturally without being preachy or righteous. Fantastic!!
Natalya
Intriguing,insightful look at WWI code writers and breakers. Loved it, but the ending seemed out of sync with the rest of the book.
Karen
Very different book, but very interesting and suspenseful. I enjoyed it.
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FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: I'm a native of central Maine, and grew up on a small farm with a wonderful mom and dad, three sisters and a brother. Most of my books take place in small towns, many of them in Maine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six ch...more
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