By Neal Stephenson
With this impressive first quantity in what gives you to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the key histories of countries and the non-public obsessions of fellows, decrypting with astonishing virtuosity the forces that formed this century.
In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse—mathematical genius and younger Captain within the U.S. Navy—is assigned to detachment 2702. it truly is an outfit so mystery that just a handful of individuals are aware of it exists, and a few of these humans have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The project of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702—commanded by means of Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to maintain the Nazis unaware of the truth that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. it's a video game, a cryptographic chess fit among Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into motion by way of the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.
Fast-forward to the current, the place Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is making an attempt to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia—a position the place encrypted information may be kept and exchanged freed from repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals assault the recreation, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the main to retaining the dream of an information haven afloat. yet quickly their scheme brings to gentle a big conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 associated with an unbreakable Nazi code referred to as Arethusa. and it'll characterize the trail to unbelievable riches and a way forward for own and electronic liberty...or to common totalitarianism reborn.
A breathtaking travel de strength, and Neal Stephenson's such a lot comprehensive and affecting paintings to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, because it leaps ahead and again among global battle II and the area large internet, hinting the entire whereas at a depressing day-after-tomorrow. it's a paintings of significant paintings, idea and inventive bold; the made from a really iconoclastic mind's eye operating with white-hot intensity.