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Enigma by Robert Harris

Enigma (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Robert Harris

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Authors:Robert Harris
Info:Ballantine Books (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Enigma by Robert Harris (1995)

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    souloftherose: A fascinating biography of one of the real code-breakers at Bletchley Park. Alan Turing was the mathematician behind the cracking of the Enigma code during WWII.
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I enjoy Harris's writing, but his plots don't always add up. This one was extremely involved—too involved—and in the end felt quite similar to his "Fatherland." Not quite the same coverup, but close. ( )
  breic | Jan 11, 2019 |
Tom Jericho, a cryptanalyst working at Bletchley Park during WWII, returns from sick leave to find that his girlfriend, Claire Romilly, has disappeared. Had she been stealing secret information?

I didn't find the plot particularly interestiing but the picture of life in wartime Britain beyond the Blitz was fascinating. I actually spent 3 or 4 years of my childhood on the same street as Bletchley Park, though this was in the 1960s before it became generally known what went on there and although I must have gone past it many times, I have no memory of it at all. I do remember a lot of the other places mentioned and had great fun looking at them on Google Maps. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Sep 21, 2018 |
Pretty good. Submarines, codes and mathematics. How can you go wrong? Ending weak though. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I'm a big fan of Robert Harris' thrillers, and fascinated by the story of Bletchley Park. As a thriller, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Fatherland, but it's still a terrific page-turner, and there are sufficient twists to keep you guessing without the plot running away with itself. That said, it is fiction, and there were a few times when I thought "that wouldn't have happened" (and Harris repeats the Coventry myth in the closing pages - although as it was written in 1995 before recent scholarship put the myth to bed, that's perhaps excusable). Well-worth reading over a relaxing weekend. ( )
2 vote markbarnes | Jan 18, 2015 |
Some parts about coding may have gone Swooosh! right over my head, but it didn't matter, I caught the gist of it and it didn't lessen my understanding or enjoyment. Turing has always held a fascination for me and although he didn't actually make an appearance in this story, he got many mentions. I especially liked the way the suspense mounted in the second half. Although I suspected some characters of not being what they claimed to be, I was still caught off-guard. Harris painted a perfect portrait of Great Britain as the war progressed and shortages became more difficult. As well as a captivating story, the details were very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. ( )
2 vote VivienneR | Sep 21, 2014 |
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A gripping World War II mystery novel with a cryptographic twist, Enigma's hero is Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Jericho's own struggles include nerve-wracking mental labor, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy. The plot is pure fiction but the historical background, Alan Turing's famous wartime computing project that cracked the German U-boat communications code, is real and accurately portrayed. Enigma is convincingly plotted, forcefully written, and filled with well drawn characters; in short, it's everything a good technomystery should be.

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Tom Jericho has been called out of retirement to join in a race to crack the Nazi's secret code, Enigma, in order to save Allied troops from a deadly German attack.

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