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Enigma [Format Kindle]

Robert Harris
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"The brilliance of Enigma is that it gives readers the sense of being contemporary with its characters and then leads them on a dark journey of discovery to arrive at another of the Second World War's blackest horror stories, one not fully admitted until half a century later... Altogether top-class stuff. Peter Millar" (The Times)

"Enigma totally gripped me" (Sunday Times)

"After the resounding success of his first novel, Fatherland, the question was what would Robert Harris do for an encore? This is his resounding answer" (Mail on Sunday)

"Extraordinarily good... undoubtedly the best thriller of the year, and perhaps of several years to come" (Evening Standard)

"I finished the book regretful it had ended, and full of wonder at this extraordinary world, people and achievements it evoked" (Observer)

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A number one bestselling war thriller from the award-winning master of the literary and historical thriller genre: Robert Harris. Adapted into an award-winning film, with screenplay by Tom Stoppard, starring Kate Winslet and Saffron Burrows.

Bletchley Park: the top-secret landmark of World War Two, where a group of young people were fighting to defeat Hitler, and win the war. March 1943, 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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 easy to 4 décembre 2014
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Unfortunately American edition. Thought it would be a larger British version, easy to read
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un auteur à découvrir 28 octobre 2003
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Beaucoup de livres d'espionnage ont été écrits sur la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, mais celui-ci fait partie des meilleurs, en traitant d'un aspect rarement abordé mais extrêmement important : le cassage du code secret allemand.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enigma 19 avril 2012
Par Eliot
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Facile à lire*, plus difficile à suivre dans la complexité des faits qui rend compte de celle de l'époque. On a l'impression d'y être . Impressionnant!

*Je l'ai lu sur Kindle où le dictionnaire intégré facilite énormément les choses, fini le transport des dicos et la recherche ennuyeuse des définitions. Sans compter qu'on y allait à l'économie, en perdant une partie du sens , tant c'était fastidieux.
Un seul regret sur le Kindle: qu'on ne puisse pas prêter les livres qu'on a achetés, autrement qu'au compte goutte: un vrai rationnement qui nuit à l'image de la tablette
Levez nous cet interdit s'il vous plait et on achètera encore plus!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enigma Robert Harris 25 novembre 2013
Par miznoma
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This book has just the right balance for me of wartime facts and fiction around the Enigma code breakers. The main characters interact well. It has elements of "who dunnit" but more of the "WHY" I enjoyed it so much I looked for another book by Robert Harris.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 another thoughtful thriller 6 octobre 2000
Par Orrin C. Judd - Publié sur
In his terrific speculative thriller, Fatherland, Robert Harris plopped us down in the middle of an alternate reality where Nazi Germany had won a stalemate with the United States and Hitler was about to celebrate his 75th birthday in 1964. The book was plausible and very exciting, but best of all it confronted readers with the similarity between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and implicitly asked why the west fought one and aided the other. Now, in Enigma, he shows that he can work equally effectively against the backdrop of actual events and still broach big ideas.
It's February, 1943 and Tom Jericho, a brilliant young Cambridge mathematician and protégé of Alan Turing, has already suffered one nervous breakdown under the pressure of working to break secret Nazi codes. Now he's summoned back to Bletchley Park because the U-boat code, known as Shark, which was previously decrypted due to an epiphany of his, has suddenly been changed just as an enormous supply convoy from America is setting out for Britain. Despite his delicate mental state, it's felt that he'll be valuable just for his totemic value and to reassure the higher-ups that all the best men are working on the problem.
Complicating matters is the disappearance of Jericho's ex-girlfriend, Claire Romilly, who it appears may have tipped off the Germans that their codes had been cracked. At any rate, some must have betrayed this vital secret, and, even as the supply convoy sails towards one of the biggest U-boat wolfpacks ever assembled, Jericho sets out to discover who the traitor is and where Claire has disappeared too.
The author too manages a difficult feat as he balances the mystery plot with healthy dollops of WWII history and cryptographic technique. Jericho's quest for Claire is exciting enough, but it's the details about the Enigma machines, which produced what the Nazis believed to be an unbreakable codes, and the British success in breaking them anyway, which really make for fascinating reading. Then, as if that weren't enough, when Harris introduces the reason that someone at Bletchley would assist the Nazis, he returns to some of the troubling moral and geopolitical questions that he first raised in Fatherland. It all makes for a thoughtful thriller that entertains, enlightens and provokes the reader.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Communicates the Challenges, Captures the Thrill 22 octobre 2001
Par Robert David STEELE Vivas - Publié sur
For captivating true life signals intelligence there are several books one can go to, including those by James Bamford on the American system (Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets) but for really getting into the enormity of the challenges and the thrill of the individual code-breakers when they succeeded, this is the book I recommend.

It completely ignores the enormous contributions made by the Poles (who gave the English two Enigma machines at the beginning of the war) as well as the heroic deeds of Tommy Brown (youngest George Medal winner at 16, survived with code materials taken from a sinking German ship), but I have found no better novel to communicate the absolute goose-bump emotional roller-coaster that the Bletchley Park gang experienced.

If anything, this novel convey a human side to code-breaking that offsets the modern-day obsession with massive computers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book! 3 décembre 2000
Par Robert Steele - Publié sur
Robert Harris has done it again, after the triumph of Fatherland he has written another masterpiece thriller about the British codebreakers during The Battle of the Atlantic. Harris's hero Tom Jericho is a great mathematician and codebreaker at Bletchley Park who is out of the game due to a nervous breakdown, but is called back to Bletchley Park when the Allies find out that the Germans have changed their codes all of a sudden. The reason Jericho is called back is that since he broke the Germans's code last time, his superiors think he can do it again, but there is another element that puzzles Jericho: The girl he was having a relationship with, Claire Rommily, has stolen some cryptograms and disappeared into thin air! Suddenly the Forign Office begin an investigation on her, is there a spy in Bletchley Park? Jericho (with the help of Claire's housemate Hester Wallace) intends to find out just that. It would be a crime for me to give away any more. One of the things I loved the best in this book is Tom Jericho's character, he is a normal human being. Not Superman (as some of my favourite authors tend to do, Tom Clancy, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum etc.). He is not particularly good looking(although I hear that Dougray Scott has been cast as him), suave or strong. I believe that with this book, Harris has proved himself to be the succesor to John LeCarre in passing on moral messages without actually writing them out loud! Please continue to delight us Mr. Harris!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Elegantly written and refreshingly original 29 août 2005
Par David Starr-Glass - Publié sur
This is an intelligent, well-constructed book that had me eagerly turning pages right up until the end. Robert Harris confidently takes us into the world of cryptography and cryptographers, frantically pitting human ingenuity, artificial intelligence, mechanical and electronic "bombes", and "Turin machines" (both the revolutionary precursors of our present-day computers) against predatory German submarines set on devastating merchant convoys in the Atlantic. It is an exciting, informed, and enjoyable read.

The book has been very carefully researched and accurately conveys the bleakness and weaknesses of war-weary Britain in the early 1940s. We are led into the strange and taunt world of Bletchley Park, the WWII center of British cryptographic efforts to crack the various versions of the German Enigma code. Historical fact and personalities (such enigmatic genius Alan Turin) are convincingly interwoven with a multi-leveled story of espionage and betrayal. The writing is excellent; a beautifully told story.

Towards the end of the book there is a quotation from the mathematician G. H. Hardy, "a mathematical proof, like a chess problem, to be aesthetically satisfying, must possess three qualities: inevitability, unexpectedness and economy." What is true of mathematical proofs and chess solutions is also true of good thrillers. Harris has provided us with a brilliantly different espionage book where unexpectedness is present to the final page, and a graceful economy of writing that creates a smooth and enjoyable read. Unlike many books, this is one that I will be rereading next year.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book - technically good and no loose plot ends 20 septembre 2006
Par Bluewater cruiser - Publié sur
With my long background in computers (since '66) and my longtime interest in codes, codebreaking & Enigma, I started this book with some trepidation - as most books of this ilk are poorly written and technically annoying. Not so with this book. It's a genuinely good read with some good plot twists - in fact, you don't know where it's going until the end. Too bad there aren't more good books like this around instead of all the Rambo trash.
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