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Author: Neal Stephenson

ISBN: 9780099410676
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 928
Published: 1 May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9 x 4.8
Big, complex and ambitious, this new cyber-thriller calls to mind Pynchon's Gravities Rainbow in it's intense, paranoid evocation of conspiracies and secret histories.

Set in part during WWII, Stephenson's novel concerns Lawrence Waterhouse, mathematical genius and code breaker extraordinaire. Assigned to the super-secret Detachment 2702, Waterhouse is instrumental in the Allied plot to keep the Nazis unaware that their fabled enigma code has been broken. Almost as a sideline, he helps trigger the computer age.

Nearly 60 years later, Waterhouse's computer hacker grandson Randy is attempting to create a high-tech data haven in SE Asia, only to discover that a variety of governments and shadowy secret organizations want a piece of his company's action. Uncovering evidence of a long dormant conspiracy with it's roots partly in his grandfather's work in cryptology, Randy eventually discovers that enormous amounts of war gold are involved, enough to change the entire economy of the planet.

This fast-paced, genre-transcending novel is full of absorbing action,witty dialogue and well-drawn characters. Amazingly,...

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