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The race to build the first quantum computer heats up in the newest high-tech spy thriller from best-selling author David Ignatius.

A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb: whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption in existence, effectively owning the digital world. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China?

The latest of David Ignatius' timely, sharp-eyed espionage novels follows CIA agent Harris Chang into a quantum research lab compromised by a suspected Chinese informant. The breach provokes a mole hunt that is obsessive, destructive, and - above all - uncertain: Do the leaks expose real secrets, or are they false trails meant to deceive the Chinese? Chang soon finds that there is a thin line between loyalty and betrayal, as the investigation leads him down a rabbit hole as dangerous as it is deep. Grounded in the real-world global charge toward technological dominance, The Quantum Spy presents a sophisticated game of cat and mouse wired to an exhilarating cyber thriller.

©2018 David Ignatius (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Outstanding story and narration -- FIVE STARS!

A great story about the US / China intelligence war seen through the prism of a race to gain dominance in quantum computing. The narrator is outstanding. The book flows and never lags.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 12-05-17

Is Harry Chang A Loyal American?

A great thriller with a civil rights twist. Harris Chang, a Chinese American born in Flagsgtaff, Arizona, is recruited by the CIA while still on active military duty in Iraq. He ‘bleeds red, white, and blue’ and just wants to serve his country. He is sent on a mission to recruit a Chinese scientists to work with the CIA on creating a quantum computer. Harris using an alias, Peter Chong, feels that he has convinced the scientist to defect. However, the scientist hangs himself leaving his leather diary in the hands of the CIA. From that point on there is much suspicion on the part of the CIA that Harris Chang might not be as loyal as he appears. Is he actually leaning toward China? His boss, John Vangal, raises suspicion making Chang wonder why his boss and old friend would suspect him. The race between China and the U.S. to get the first quantum computer is real and the entire book is very timely. The intrigue and behavior of the spy world is intense. The Chinese have a mole in the CIA and Vangal is determined to find out who. Is it Chang? Is it another former rising star? How far will Vangal go to get to the bottom? I listened to this book on audible and the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, was excellent. If you like espionage stories like the ones of LeCarre, you’ll like this one.

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Be a fly on the wall

As usual, Ignatius puts together a realistic depiction of the CIA and it's operations, making you feel like a fly on the wall as a battle for global supremacy rages in the shadows. While lacking in character development, The Quantum Spy feels relevant and packs enough entertainment to make it a worthwhile read (or listen). At times the narrator's portrayal of some of the characters seems a bit off, but over all Ballerini puts in a good performance.

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I hoped it would be more thriller

Very technical... in a good way....... maybe too much so... not enough thrill but I did finish it an that is saying something

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At times tedious and rarely thrilling.

The book was at times tedious and rarely thrilling. The core “twist” was poorly conveyed and strained credulity.
On the other hand, I got to learn plenty about some interesting tech/geeky stuff.

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Good International Spy Novel

I especially liked this story because it was international, even though it centers on the CIA. I also felt it had a good balance between discussing the technology of quantum computers without getting lost in the details. I felt it overplayed the issue of discrimination, but that was in the realm of how the characters felt, so that is only an opinion. The narration by Edoardo Ballerini was quite good.

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  • Dallas, TX
  • 12-04-17

Action pact, good, modern spy book. Easy to listen

Action pact, good, modern spy book. Easy to listen, great performance.... Enjoyed very much. Good audio book....

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Excellent topical story for today

Sorry it is over. Well done. Write again soon. I will be first in line

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all over the place

couldn' wrap mu head around it over & over again. What the hell was the point to begin with?

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  • Melissa
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • 11-18-17

great spy novel

liked the character development, liked that it wasn't sleezy, liked the plot and finally the human values expressed