Odd Thomas is always interesting but I thought that the mutant mad scientist angle was pretty hokey which is saying a lot given the premis of Odd Thomas in the first place. The performance by the reader was very good.
The author develops the story chronologically while giving credit to the Poles for discovering the weaknesses in ENIGMA, to the British for exploiting them and to the Americans for building the really big machines that fully expoited it.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of encipherment or who currently works in cryptography.
I rated this pair of books quite high because I found the story to be historically interesting and intellectually interesting as well. I would recommend it to anyone with enough patience to get through the entire thing. I do wonder why the author chose to break the book into two books except to increase their income (since it makes no sense to buy just one or the other title). I also agree with some other reviews that I read that the middle could have been shortened somewhat. Ironically I think some of the sections (like the sections about the Oxford team) should have included more detail. It feels as if some sections were cut by the author late in the writing of the book. Overall, however, the book was very good.
The presenter was wonderful. She did a remarkable job of American, English, Scottish and Irish accents, both male and female, both adults and juveniles.
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