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The Black Sun by James Twining
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did not like it

** spoiler alert ** Broke the "suspension of disbelief" in the first chapter. Thugs working for the villain steal an Enigma cipher machine from the National Cryptologic Museum, which is run by the National Security Agency.

Problem #1: stealing an Enigma machine from the NSA tends to attract the NSA's hostile intention. Dumb. That jarred me out of the book.

Problem #2: Purpose for theft: it turns out that the Russian Mafia kingpin villain wants use the machine for his secret communications. Dumber than dumb for following reasons: (a) there are some very good Enigma simulators available that are 100% authentic (they have been used to decrypt actual wartime Enigma messages without error), and (b) Enigma is woefully insecure by modern cryptologic standards (remember, it was broken with 1940-vintage MECHANICAL computing technology--essentially, with overgrown adding machines).

It's a shame, too; Twining can write a little, but his failure to do some very basic research undermines everything.

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December 5, 2011 – Shelved

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