A Novel

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"LITERATE AND SAVVY . . . BRIMS WITH WARTIME INTRIGUE." --The Washington Post Book World England 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 Chronicle Until the unthinkable happens: the Germans have somehow learned that Shark has been cracked. And they've changed the code. . . . "SUSPENSEFUL AND FASCINATING." --The Orlando Sentinel As 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
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House : 1995
ISBN: 9780679428879
Branch Call Number: FIC Harr
Characteristics: 320p


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I did find this a great read and a different perspective from the now popular movie about Bletchley Park. The hubris of the British administration is heartbreaking and I am glad this character escapes less scathed than Alan Turing. I think this is a solid contribution to the novels of WWII Britain

Nov 04, 2014

If you are expecting a true account of the code-breaking at Bletchley Park, you may be disappointed, as this is a thriller with war events and code-breaking as a background.

On the other hand, if you rented a condo, had lots of time to read (swinging in a hammock, say), and this book was among the few books in the condo's small collection, and you didn't care about historical accuracy, "Enigma" would be a terrific read. As a thriller, the book was engaging, with lots of suspenseful plot twists.

Jan 19, 2014

This is the second book by Robert Harris I have read. The first was An Officer and A Spy. Both books are excellent and Enigma merits attention for any reader. The combination of factual history and fictional mystery added to an excellent ending made for great read.

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