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Enigma by Robert   Harris
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Jul 23, 2010

really liked it

This is an engrossing novel about an amazing wartime secret -- the decipherment at Bletchley Park of the German military, air force, and naval codes by a gang of eccentric cryptanalysts laboring under depressing, exhausting conditions for months on end. Tom Jericho is a Cambridge mathematician with an extraordinary talent for problem-solving, who loses his heart to Claire Romilly, a clerk-typist in another section of the project. Then Claire goes missing, as do a handful of transcribed ciphered intercepts. Of course, all is not what it seems. Why did Berlin order a change in the code, and can they crack it before too many more men are lost in the North Atlantic? Why did the order come down not to decipher those particular messages? Is there a spy at Bletchley Park? Harris also makes it clear that the folks back home in dreary, shortage-ridden England were every bit as courageous, and suffered just as much, as the soldiers in the line of battle. You'll stay up late to finish this one.
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July 23, 2010 – Started Reading
July 23, 2010 – Shelved
July 23, 2010 –
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July 24, 2010 – Finished Reading

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