By Neal Stephenson
With this notable first quantity in what offers to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the key histories of countries and the non-public obsessions of fellows, decrypting with marvelous virtuosity the forces that formed this century.
In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse—mathematical genius and younger Captain within the U.S. Navy—is assigned to detachment 2702. it's an outfit so mystery that just a handful of individuals comprehend it exists, and a few of these humans have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The challenge of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702—commanded by way of Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to maintain the Nazis blind to the truth that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. it's a online game, a cryptographic chess fit among Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into motion by means of the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.
Fast-forward to the current, the place Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is making an attempt to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia—a position the place encrypted facts might be kept and exchanged freed from repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals assault the activity, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the main to holding the dream of an information haven afloat. yet quickly their scheme brings to gentle an immense conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 associated with an unbreakable Nazi code referred to as Arethusa. and it'll symbolize the trail to unbelievable riches and a way forward for own and electronic liberty...or to common totalitarianism reborn.
A breathtaking journey de strength, and Neal Stephenson's such a lot complete and affecting paintings thus far, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, because it leaps ahead and again among global warfare II and the realm huge net, hinting the entire whereas at a depressing day-after-tomorrow. it's a paintings of serious artwork, concept and inventive bold; the made from a really iconoclastic mind's eye operating with white-hot intensity.
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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson