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Robert Harris. Bletchley Park: March , the Second World War hangs in the balance, and at Bletchley Park a brilliant young codebreaker is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have unaccountably changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening a massive Allied defeat.
And as suspicion grows that there may be a spy inside Bletchley, Jericho's girlfriend, the beautiful and mysterious Claire Romilly suddenly disappears. Altogether top-class stuff. Peter Millar". General Format: English Number Of Pages: Random House.
Help Centre. A tautly constructed, compellingly written story. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby. Toggle navigation. New to eBooks.
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Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Meanwhile, the race to re-crack the Enigma codes continues as the secondary plot line, with the ominous threat of destruction of the shipping in the Atlantic. Overall, this book is a pleasing mystery, but hardly a nail-biting thriller. Nor is it a happy, funny story. A slow burner, it rewards the patient reader with effective closure of the plot lines, and a surprising ending. Jul 07, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore rated it really liked it Shelves: Our hero, the fictional Thomas Jerrico, is a student of Alan Turing himself Turing makes a brief appearance in the book and trained and recruited to Bletchley Park on the naval side of things as one of those working to break the Enigma.
He is sent back to Cambridge to recover but only a few weeks in, two men from Bletchley arrive to take him back for the success they achieved has been undone with a new code in operation. He tries to find her but ends up finding what looks like evidence that she just might have been a spy, responsible for the setback they have suffered. But was she really one? Alongside, he must also try to find an answer to the new code set in a short time, something that seems even to him pretty much impossible.
However, it was overall a gripping read with some surprises right until the very end. Four and a half stars. Jun 03, Kay Rollison rated it really liked it. But as with other genres, there is the crude and the subtle, with the best as good as many conventional novels. On of the good ones is Enigma, by Robert Harris. Harris is an English writer, who, though not aspiring to write the sort of novel that will win a Booker prize is nevertheless an excellent craftsman who tells a clever and convincing story.
He often writes history with a twist — like what if the Nazis had won the war. Most of his heroes are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Most of his stories involve intrigue and cover up, but this is the only real spy story he has written.
In Enigma, Harris has interwoven fact and fiction. Harris first thought of writing about code breaking while watching a documentary on the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing who worked at Bletchley Park.
It took Harris three years to write the book, as little had ever been made public about Bletchley Park and he had to track down former code breakers and personnel who were able to tell him about life there and how the code breakers had actually worked. The naval battle which plays an important part in the story is also real.
The fictional story is about one of the code breakers, Tom Jericho, whose girlfriend — or rather the girl who had a brief affair with him — has disappeared, and in looking for her, he finds another mystery which points to a traitor within.
Thus the story falls within the classic boundaries of the spy story genre, with Jericho, the professional intelligence collector, also acting as an amateur spy.
It is also interesting to note the link between events in the book and the recent death of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash when visiting Katyn, the site of a massacre of 20, Polish officers by the Russians during World War II, at the time blamed by the Allies on the Germans. Harris is certainly aware of the need for a good plot. Keep things moving.
But they satisfy a different need from the sensationalism of the Bond stories. Harris relies on creating a sense of realism in which ordinary people do the best they can against real dangers, rather than relying on gadgetry and unlikely heroics against an equally unlikely fiendish enemy.
Enigma is one of those rare cases where the film is as good as the book. In his novel, Ghost, which came out in , Harris turned to much more recent history. The Prime Minister in question, named Adam Lang, is easily recognizable — Harris said he half expected a writ against him when to book was published.
And of course, all is not as it seems. It premiered early in Lustrum was published in Why is ancient Rome of interest to us today? Well you never know; its decline and fall may just have some lessons for us.
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View this review at www. Today everybody knows about Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where the British tried to keep up with the cryptography of the German Reich by cracking the enigma machine that coded the German communication. The name of Alan Turing is well known and his role in breaking the German coded messages are well documented in various other books and movies. So the book is not about about Turing but those who continued in his footsteps and their efforts to keep abreast of the German war effort and then esp Today everybody knows about Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where the British tried to keep up with the cryptography of the German Reich by cracking the enigma machine that coded the German communication.
So the book is not about about Turing but those who continued in his footsteps and their efforts to keep abreast of the German war effort and then especially the U-boat fleet in the northern Atlantic ocean and the battle for survival in the supply lines of the Allied forces.
Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician , has a burnout and is send of to Cambridge to recuperate and to find his feet again in WWII that needs people like him. His rest does not last long when the Germans change all of their codes on one day. He gets recalled and finds himself in a storm of politics and becomes persona-non-grata in Bletchley Park.
However his past catches up with him and turns into a fascination that only becomes stronger and also seems to hold the answer to why the Germans changed their codes.
Is there a spy in the Park and how can they break the codes once more in order to save lives in the Atlantic. An interesting and fascinating spy thriller situated in the world of Bletchley Park that feels often like you are part of it, as you live it.
A very well documented world that comes to live due to the writing of Harris. Well worth your time and effort in reading history that is brought in a great story. Masterful storytelling It's , and the Allies rely on the shipping convoys from the US to keep their battered countries fed and munitioned.
But now the Germans have changed the U-boat code, threatening not only individual convoys but the entire defeat of the Allied forces. Tom Jericho, hailed as one of the most brilliant codebreakers, is on a break, suffering f Masterful storytelling Tom Jericho, hailed as one of the most brilliant codebreakers, is on a break, suffering from a combination of stress, overwork and a broken heart over a girl named Claire. But with this new threat, despite his fragile health, he's urgently needed back in Bletchley.
And when he gets there, he discovers Claire is missing What a joy, after a series of less than stellar reads, to find myself in the safe hands of a master storyteller once again! This is a masterclass in how to write a book. The writing is so good it hooks instantly.
Harris recreates wartime Britain with what feels like total authenticity; and specifically the world of these men, recruited for their brilliant minds, their maths and puzzle solving skills, on whose youthful shoulders it sometimes feels the whole weight of the war rests. Throughout the book, Harris feeds out his extensive research into Bletchley and codebreaking at the right moments and in the right quantities, as a natural part of the story so that it never feels like an info dump.
He carefully creates his characters to feel real and then ensures their actions remain true to that characterisation. And oh, bliss! The book has an actual plot — a proper story, that remains credible throughout and holds the reader's attention right to the end! The pleasure of reading this well-crafted, expertly-paced story highlighted to me what a rarity that has become in contemporary fiction.
The book starts in Cambridge University, where Jericho has been sent to recuperate.
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The whole feeling of the ancient university in wartime is beautifully created, setting the tone for the rest of the book. The old staircases and shabby rooms, the ancient traditions; the dullness of an institution empty of so many of the young men and women who would normally have been there, but who are instead part of the war effort; the gossiping staff with too much time on their hands, speculating about the arrival of this young man and then his sudden departure; the difficult position of young men not in uniform, but whose work is too secret to be revealed.
On arriving back at Bletchley, Jericho finds that two convoys have left the US and are crossing the Atlantic. The Americans want assurances that the codes will be broken quickly enough to allow for these convoys to be protected, but Jericho sees no hope of that. Instead, he believes that by monitoring the signals of the U-boats that will be aiming towards the convoys, he might gather enough information to break the codes.
Harris shows very clearly the ethical dilemmas the young codebreakers must face — they find themselves almost hoping for the convoys to be attacked so that they can get the information they need. Harris also raises the point that it was often necessary not to act on the information gathered from Enigma so that the Germans wouldn't realise the codes had been broken and change them. Thus many Allied lives were sacrificed in the hopes of saving many more by eventually winning the war.
He doesn't labour these points in a heavy-handed way, but he uses them to show the almost unbearable levels of stress the codebreakers worked under, coupled with the necessary secrecy of the work which left them somewhat detached from the rest of society, in a little bubble of constant tension. No wonder then that suspicion was never absent, the fear of spying a real and present threat. So when Jericho discovers something that forces him to question Claire's loyalty, he is torn. His head knows he should make the authorities aware of what he's found, but his heart wants to find her and give her an opportunity to explain.
And soon he finds himself teamed up with Claire's old house-mate, Hester, backtracking through Claire's actions in an attempt to find explanations. The plot gives Harris the opportunity to gradually lead the reader through how the whole set-up worked, from the soldiers and sailors risking their lives to get hold of code books, to the listening stations on the South Coast where the women of the ATS Auxiliary Territorial Service intercepted the coded German signals, and on to the huts in Bletchley, each responsible for an aspect of the war; Eastern Front, naval manoeuvres, etc.
Harris shows how women were restricted to being glorified clerks, regardless of their skills or aptitude, while only men were given the more glamorous job of the actual code-breaking. But his few female characters are excellently drawn, strong and credible within the limitations the system forced upon them. The stuff about the codebreaking is complex, sometimes too complex for me, but the story doesn't get bogged down in it.
As with all of the best spy thrillers, there is a growing sense of moral ambiguity throughout, where even the motives of the baddies are equivocal. A first rate spy thriller, written with all the qualities of literary fiction, this one gets my highest recommendation.
This isn't the sort of book I'd normally pick for myself, which is why I joined a book club, I suppose. This was the first spy book I've read, and possibly the last for a good while.
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My one star review is a reflection of the fact I don't find espionage the slightest bit interesting, nor have I ever understood what people see in cryptic crosswords and sudoku. Each to their own. All that aside, I was prepared to like a book about wartime spies, except even as a non-specialist of the genre, I could This isn't the sort of book I'd normally pick for myself, which is why I joined a book club, I suppose.
All that aside, I was prepared to like a book about wartime spies, except even as a non-specialist of the genre, I could see from reading other crime fiction and watching popular TV series that this writer, like so many others, has relied too much on stock characters. Robert Harris has said that he purposefully prioritises fast-paced plot over characterisation, and in this he succeeded.
I didn't get to know Claire well enough before she disappeared, and was therefore not invested in finding out why she'd buggered off. I am most fed up with plots which rely on beautiful blond women who use their sexuality to manipulate men in power 'Claire' , contrasted with plain, feminist, hard-working lesbian types who always seem to get screwed over Hester Wallace. Several things irritated me about the writing style. The character called Logie seemed to say 'old love' after every single thing -- a tic as annoying on the page as it would be in real life.
I got utterly sick of the constant snide jabs at Hester's clothing and appearance, in case the reader hadn't picked up from the initial thumbnail sketch exactly what sort of trope she is. Yet Hester was my favourite character.
She saw right through the patriarchal bullshit of wartime: Women do the rest', yet Jericho's main criticism is that she isn't pretty but could be: Most disappointingly, I didn't identify with Jericho and therefore couldn't care about him either.
I actively disliked him, actually, and I think it was from that moment he harassed Hester on her bicycle, refusing to let her go off into the night.
Some men who accost women at night, even with good intent, don't seem to realise how terrifying it is for a woman. I can't comment too much on the plot, except that it failed to hold my attention, but it wasn't lost on me that, once again, we have a story held together by the possibility that a sexually alluring woman has been strangled to death, her blood stained underwear found by the water.
That's what makes an interesting plot, is it? I'm getting mighty sick of that. View all 6 comments.
At the beginning of , the 4th winter of war, Great Britain. Inputting one letter of your original text into ENIGMA results in the output of its coded counterpart, achieved by the turning of the rotors and some presets. At Bletchley Park, a mixed group of specialists try to break the code.
In the past, they succeeded using a trick. But this entry code has recently been changed.
Tom Jericho is the brilliant mathematician who recently suffered from a nervous breakdown and is now transferred back to Bletchley. The situation is pressing, as large convoy of ships from the US are on their way — and a hord of Germany U-Boats are waiting.
But Tom finds an unexpected ally and more to solve than just how to break the code. Enigma is about spys, and codes, and cryptology. Unless you know all about the latter, this is no book to read in passing. I looked up a number of Wikipedia articles and I DO enjoy certain types of puzzle magazines — the first chapter still took me quite a while to sort out. Easy version? A code like that may be solved by mere trial and error, knowing for instance that an a or e should appear more often than a y or x.
Go at it with computers, you will be even faster. With enigma, there were rotors, each with the 26 letters of the standard alphabet.
Ingenious about it was the rotation, so that the letter would next time be encoded by another representative: The more rotors, the more complex the encryption times 26 for each. So, you may pick a lengthy word and move it from crypt section to crypt section, until you find one where never one letter would have been transformed into itself.
One possible starting point found. See more on Wikipedia. It will give you a clue of what cryptology is like, another clue on real wartime Bletchley. Most of the rest is fictional loosely based on facts, cf. The Katyn massacre https: There is also a great movie made from this — I like both, but be aware of some changes to how the story ends.
Well, yes, 5 stars. Welches Opfer ist es wert? In der Vergangenheit gelang dies durch einen Trick.An excellent historical novel based on the incredible actual story of Bletchley Park and the decrypting of the Enigma codes used by the Germans before and during WWII.
Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy. Our protagonist, Tom Jericho, is a brilliant mathematician and expert at cracking codes. Thus, Jericho begins his investigation aided by a very unlikely ally.
The reward for my patience was an intriguing set of disclosures, followed by more revelations, and some unexpected twists in the tale Tom Jericho , Hester Wallace. This was of particular interest to me because we visited Bletchley this past summer and could appreciate the well described horrible physical conditions under which so much valuable work was carried out. Wild Justice.