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VINE VOICEon 9 February 2013
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The Power of Three is the first book in the new Secret Breakers series published by Hodder. The solution to the secrets behind the mysterious Voynich Manuscript, aka MS 408, has evaded experts for decades, to the point where many were sent over the edge in their obsession to crack it. As such, it was locked away with a government ban on anyone working on it again. Now Mr Smithies, a member of the British Black Chamber, a secret organisation formed to find out secrets and crack codes, has got his hands on a new piece of information, and he goes behind the backs of his superiors to create a brand new team of code breakers, and this time they are kids, all of them descendants of previous members of the Black Chamber.
Brodie Bray is the first of these young people that we are introduced to, as she receives a cryptic invitation that she finds more than a little sinister. The invitation leads to her solving another clue that leads to her journeying to Bletchley Park, home of the WWII code breakers. Here she meets Hunter and Tusia, two other gifted young people, and a small group of Black Chamber has-beens who are to become their tutors in the arts of code breaking. Soon the trio are making head way with the first clue to the Voynich Manuscript, work that could lead to them risking their lives to solve the mystery.
Enjoyable.
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VINE VOICEon 7 November 2012
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I was quite excited to read this but found it creepy in a way it wasn't intended to be. A middle age man recruits children for a secret project in a secret location. I got to about half way through before deciding I was unable to suspend disbelief. I did 'get' the teambuilding of the three children and the sinister plottings of the adults in the shadows, but I wouldn't want my daughter responding to such coded letters.

Sorry. The writing is super but the concept failed for me.
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