This techno thriller is very close to the real world. Which just made it really creepy! Robert (Smiles) was a very good and convincing character. With a side cast of techno geeks this story will grip you until the end pages. These characters are set for the 7th grade and again are very believable. There is a slight romance between Smiles and Erin, which was a nice addition. I see this book going over really well with boys in the 7th grade as well as for those in grades a bit lower and higher.
The Cipher is a fast paced intense read. If you think you won't understand all the algorithms, encryptions and etc., don’t worry. The author did a great job at helping the reader understand. The author gives great descriptions about the codes in detail. The author also did a wonderful job teaching the reader about hacking and math, all the while writing an awesome story.
Definitely read The Cipher! Readers are in for twists and turns in this one. The Cipher would make a great movie. The book kind of makes you think about what you should do on line. It was a great standalone novel!
Go Into This One Knowing
This is for thrill seekers and techno fans. This book is a real page turner.
"Ford's The Cipher is a thrill-a-minute ride. A very cool read."--David Baldacci
You think your emails are private?
Your credit card number is secure?
That stock trades, government secrets, and nuclear codes are safe?
Robert ?Smiles” Smylie is not a genius. He feels like he’s surrounded by them, though, from his software mogul dad to his brainy girlfriend to his oddball neighbor Ben, a math prodigy. When Ben cracks an ancient, real-life riddle central to modern data encryption systems, he suddenly holds the power to unlock every electronic secret in the world?and Smiles finally has a chance to prove his own worth.
Smiles hatches a plan to protect Ben from the government agents who will stop at nothing to get their hands on his discovery. But as he races from a Connecticut casino to the streets of Boston, enlisting the help of an alluring girl, Smiles comes to realize the most explosive secrets don’t lie between the covers of Ben’s notebook?they’re buried in his own past.
Eerily close to reality and full of shocking twists, this techno-thriller reveals how easily the private can become public, and just how dangerous it can be to encrypt our personal histories.