Cryptonomicon

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Random House, May 31, 2012 - Fiction - 928 pages
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A gripping and page-turning thriller that explores themes of power, information, secrecy and war in the twentieth century. From the author of the three-volume historical epic 'The Baroque Cycle' and Seveneves.

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that have shaped the past century.

He weaves together the cracking of the Axis codes during WWII and the quest to establish a free South East Asian 'data haven' for digital information in the present.

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Epic, well-researched writing. - Goodreads
The ending was lame ass. - Goodreads
Great characters, funny, well-crafted prose. - Goodreads
Awesome characterisation. - Goodreads
The WWII part is hard to read. - Goodreads
Irreverent, funny, thought provoking, and educational. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

OK, I really liked the passages with Lawrence Waterhouse. Having been a programmer for 15+ years, it was fun to see him break down everything into mathematical formulas. The modern-day stuff was less ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

This book is just an epic. I can't believe how long it took me to get through. It's really dense and not a "light read" in any sense. It's a long book regardless, but because of the subject matter it ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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