by Mr Bill Ward


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ISBN-13: 9781496053404
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/23/2014
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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Encryption 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Rebecca_C More than 1 year ago
As someone who works in the software development world, I found this book intriguing. It describes encryption in terms that people with a little computer knowledge can understand. It also accurately describes how large companies put "backdoors" into their software that the government can access--all without informing customers of this fact. All of this is purported to be done in the name of national security. The author has done an impressive job of detailing the shades of gray between freedom and safety, "the needs of the State versus the rights of the individual." As one of the character said, "Personal privacy was being crushed under the weight of government intrusion." There are plenty of twists in the story that keep you wondering who is the villain and who is the victim. Where the author falls flat is the beginning. The first few chapters are bogged down with excessive back story. Much of this comes out later and could have been avoided. Also, I would have like to find out some of this information in additional twists to the story, rather than having so much of it being given to me up front. But after the first six chapter, the pace picks up, and you search for answers along with Peter. This book is worth a read to learn more about how governments work behind the scenes to achieve what they deem to be our safety, at any cost.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Encryption by Bill Ward is a great book with a very likable hero in Peter Hammond. Encryption is a little hard to categorize. It is a murder mystery and finding out who killed the victim and why is the engine that drives the story. I really liked this novel, but I don’t want to give any details about the plot or even the characters because a big factor in how much you enjoy Encryption is the deftness with which Bill Ward unveils each character and the surprise when the story suddenly reveals another layer. These characters aren’t wild and unlikely literary creations, they are very much like people you know. They seem to lead a normal life, but they all have secrets and when one of them is killed the secrets start to come out and their normal lives begin to unravel. Bill Ward’s style reminds me a little of that of the late great Michael Crichton. He takes cutting edge technology and creates a story that could have been torn from today’s headlines. In this case, the story is about internet privacy or, better yet, the lack of real internet privacy. A small software company in England has invented encryption software that even the NSA can’t break. In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, this software becomes something people and nations will kill for. This is the story at the heart of Encryption but relationships and secrets make things much more complicated than they appear on the surface. Five stars.