Enigma

Enigma

by Robert Harris
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Enigma 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
kristak More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was interesting. It gave alot of insight on the war from a different perspective than the usual soldier's. The women in England did a lot during the war we rarely hear about. I have actually read this book more than once.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and "Fatherland" is one of my favorite books but this novel by Robert Harris was too thick in technical cryptanalst speak to hook me. The reveals were somewhat less dramatic had I completely followed all the code-breaking jargon. Sadly, when the "villain" was revealed it seemed pretty anticlimatic. Definitely not Harris' best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thought it was a good book. Pretty cool how they broke the code and how they put a code in a code. It was pretty interesting how Robert Harris told you what a kiss, pinch and cryptogram where. I would read this book again if i forgot what it was about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing historical detective story: the German Enigma code has been cracked and the Allied forces are close to winning the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. Suddenly, the code is changed and it is obvious that there is a traitor in the midst. The code-cracking hero then finds that his girlfriend is missing, leaving incriminating evidence in her room¿ Psychologically well-observed characters, particularly the hero, propel this book into classic nail-biting fiction. The battle of good and evil is played out on both the world stage and the personal one, ending with a race-against-time chase. This book is a beautifully-observed portrait of the rigors of war, the lack of glamour in the code-breaking world, and that old favorite - given a new twist here - the agony of unrequited love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this to be Robert Harris best... The book took-off and never came down... A page turner from the start... Treat yourself to some good reading... Robert harris is a unique story teller...
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A little know story of wwii that deserves more attention. All that went on at Bletchley Park was decisive in helping win the war for the allies. And despite some criticisms to the contrary, the connection to Poland is talked about in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actuall, ENIGMA was broken by Polish matematicians shortly before WWII. The British did it for the second time... If the book is correct on that it should mention it as NSA on its pages does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a little confusing throughout the whole thing but it was good. And I actually would give it 4 1/2 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great combination of science and suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Enigma,' by Robert Harris, is a mix of history and fiction blended nicely together to make a very interesting book. The story takes place during World War II, before the United States entered the war. During this period, the German's had a type of code, called 'Shark' by England's cyptoanalysis teams, which was used to send coded messages to and from German U-boats. The story is about the English cryptoanologists that attempt to crack this code and how they go about doing it. The main character of the story is Tom Jericho, who is a math nerd, and has no life outside of math, crossword puzzles and chess. He also has a girlfriend named Claire Romilly who is also a cryptoanologist. While they are working to crack the code, the English find that there is a leak in their team that has been giving information to the Germans. Tom and Claire are both suspects, but Claire is much more so. During the course of the story, Tom tries to clear her name while, at the same time, trying to crack the German code.

This book is enjoyable because it includes so much factual information about World War II, and at the same time has two different plot lines that are both interesting and exciting. The reader will learn a lot about World War II from the English point of view, which is quite different from what we Americans think of the war. This book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys reading about World War 2 or just wars in general.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Harris should have research his book better before publishing it. Enigma code was broken not in England but in POLAND by Marian Rejewski, Crypto analyst working in the Cipher Bureau of the Polish Intelligence Service in Warsaw. In July 24, 1939 crypto analysts and heads of the Intelligence Services from France and Great Britain arrived in Pyry, near Warsaw, to receive the Enigma replicas along with all the crypto analyst information Poland gathered. It is very annoying that history is being changed in the book and in the movie to satisfy British nationalism.