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The Cryptographer's Tale by [Bunker, Will]
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  • File Size: 1448 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HIM1QW
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Crime, Not Enough Cryptography 28 Jan. 2012
By dhontz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a cryptography geek- I love text-based puzzles. I guess when I purchased this book, I was expecting the cryptography to feature more prominently in the ploy. Really, it's more of a crime novel. Crime novels are great too, but I think I was expecting something more along the lines of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon or Dan Brown and Digital Fortress. While it's true that the story had its moments, I can't honestly say that I would recommend it to another cipher geek like myself.

The basic context of the story: the main character, Michael Stafford, works for the NSA. One of his close personal friends who also works for the NSA is killed. There are suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and while Michael is charged with handling his friend's team and work, he also decides to investigate at the request of his supervisor. This leads to many unusual entrances and exits by various characters, and an unlikely conclusion of which I think there may be a set up for a sequel.

I couldn't exactly pinpoint what I bothers me about this book, since the story is light and easy to follow. However, it's not gripping; It may have been the characters, or it also could have been that I saw the killer coming from about a mile away. But mostly, I think that the conclusion didn't sit well with me. The last third of the book seemed to get more and more unlikely and hurried as the pages flipped by. Although, I am willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt, especially if he was attempting to set up for a sequel.

All in all, it's not a bad story- in fact, I don't regret purchasing it; it just wasn't what I expected.
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