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Black Cipher

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Black Cipher signals the dawn of the cryptothriller.

Payne Harrison, the author of the best-selling Storming Intrepid and Thunder of Erebus, spins his narrative magic vet again -- this time exploring the fascinating but clandestine world of codebreaking and signals intelligence.

Secluded in the quiet Gloucestershire township of Cheltenham is the hypersecret codebreaking and
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published December 13th 1994 by Crown
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Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
A book that had been on my shelf for over 10 years. I finally got around to it... I was entertained, but it is a bit dated at this point. It takes place around 1995 or so and centers on an improbable Clancyesqe plot within the British version of the NSA. I'd read Storming the Intrepid and Thunder of Erebus the author's other works 20 years ago and remembered liking the writing style. I'm afraid this book isn't nearly as exciting, or my tastes have changed in the intervening time.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Our hero is a world class cryptanalyst who works in the code breaking
section of the British Intelligence Service. He breaks an "unbreakable"
code and the bad guys decide that he knows too much and must be
eliminated. Good story.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: interested in spy mysteries
Shelves: mystery
Slow start but worth plowing through.
Made code breaking exciting and showed what the less glamourous side of the world of spying.
Interesting view from the British side and some of their differences
Brent Werness
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A fun spy thriller, but it doesn't contain much to distinguish itself in the genre.
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A native Texan, Payne Harrison admits to having a "jaded past" as a newspaper reporter. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. from SMU, and served as an officer with the U.S. Army in Europe.
His journey to being a New York Times bestselling author started with his sending an excerpt of his book STORMING INTREPID to a New York publishing house, unsolicited and without an ag
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