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Cryptonomicon (1999) [Novel]
by Neal Stephenson Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (134 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse——mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy——is assigned to Detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702——commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe—is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.

Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker gandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia——a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat. But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702, linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty... or to universal totalitarianism reborn.

Original title: Cryptonomicon
Original languages: English

Quotes: 2 (show them)

Genre: FictionAdventureTechnothrillers
FictionHistoricalWorld War II


Edition #1: Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Electrifying...hilarious...a picaresque novel about code making and code breaking, set both during World War II and during the present day." New York Times Book Review
  • "Suspenseful...moves along at such a fantastic clip." Wall Street Journal
  • "Rambling and revelatory...[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway." Entertainment Weekly
  • "Fascinating...hysterical." USA Today
  • "Big, complex, ambitius...Promises to be one of the most extravagant literary creations of the turn of the millennium and beyond." Publishers Weekly
  • "A hell of a read." Wired
  • "Stephonson's new book proves that he is the rarest of geniuses." New York Post
  • "A powerfully imagined story revolving around a vast conspiracy affecting history and different generations in one family who attempt to unravel its secrets." Seatle Post Intelligencer
  • "There is a scope here, a wildness, that you rarely find in fiction today. Buckle up." Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "Intoxicating." Washington Post Book World
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Cryptonomicon (2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0060512806
Pages: 1152

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Cryptonomicon (May 2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Perennial
ISBN: 9780380788620
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 x 1.7
Pages: 918

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Cryptonomicon (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Arrow
ISBN: 0099410672
Dimensions: 5.1 x 8.0 x 1.6 in
Pages: 910

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