"LITERATE AND SAVVY . . . BRIMS WITH WARTIME INTRIGUE."--The Washington Post Book WorldEngland 1943. Much of the infamous Nazi Enigma code has been cracked. But Shark, the impenetrable operational cipher used by Nazi U-boats, has masked the Germans' movements, allowing them to destroy a record... show more
"LITERATE AND SAVVY . . . BRIMS WITH WARTIME INTRIGUE."--The Washington Post Book WorldEngland 1943. Much of the infamous Nazi Enigma code has been cracked. But Shark, the impenetrable operational cipher used by Nazi U-boats, has masked the Germans' movements, allowing them to destroy a record number of Allied vessels. Feeling that the blood of Allied sailors is on their hands, a top-secret team of British cryptographers works feverishly around the clock to break Shark. And when brilliant mathematician Tom Jericho succeeds, it is the stuff of legend. . . ."A TENSE AND THOUGHTFUL THRILLER."--San Francisco ChronicleUntil the unthinkable happens: the Germans have somehow learned that Shark has been cracked. And they've changed the code. . . ."SUSPENSEFUL AND FASCINATING."--The Orlando SentinelAs an Allied convoy crosses the U-boat infested North Atlantic . . . as Jericho's ex-lover Claire disappears amid accusations that she is a Nazi collaborator . . . as Jericho strains his last resources to break Shark again, he cannot escape the ultimate truth: There is a traitor among them. . . . "GRIPPING . . . CAPTIVATING ."--New York Daily News"ELEGANTLY RESEARCHED . . . Readers will find themselves perfectly placed to experience one of Britain's finest hours."--People"SATISFYING . . . Harris does a crackerjack job here, playing his characters' lives off historical events in surprising ways."--Entertainment Weekly"SUSPENSEFUL . . . FIENDISHLY CLEVER."--Detroit Free Press
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: September 1st 1996
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
, World War II
Harris' novel about a spy in wartime Bletchley Park is one of his earliest and most successful thrillers. It's a thoroughly well-turned piece, meticulously researched with strong characterisation and a gripping plot. The structural-engineering is perhaps a shade more obvious than I would have liked ...
Well, as a world war enthusiast among other things, I have read a lot about Enigma and its working. It is safe to say that had it not been for Enigma, Germans would have lost the war a great deal earlier and ironically it was due to Enigma that they lost the war, as they thought that its codes were ...
Nachdem ich von "Pompeji", "Vaterland" und auch "Der Ghost" so begeistert war, wollte ich auch mal die älteren Thriller von Robert Harris lesen. Anfangs war ich noch etwas skeptisch, weil ich mit Funken und Funksprüchen eigentlich nichts am Hut habe und mich das auch nicht so wirklich interessiert, ...
This is a fictionalized view of the British WW II code-breaking enterprise that cracked the German code scheme named Enigma. Set in the out-of-the-way English town of Bletchley. Tom Jericho is a whiz code breaker who was a crucial player in breaking the original Enigma code. But the effort cost him....
I'm usually very fond of books about WW2 and of books about cryptography, so I assumed that a book with both was bound to be in my taste. Unfortunately I was wrong, and while the book was okay, it was nothing special and even a tad boring from time to time.