The Cryptos Conundrum

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The Cryptos Conundrum

While The Cryptos Conundrum is a good, solid read and Mr. Brandon does a decent job of pulling some odd seeming threads together, I would have enjoyed the book more if it was what I expected it to be from the blurb. Based on the blurb, I expected a thriller that might involve spying on nations that are involved in furthering space exploration and that it would somehow tie in to the sculpture standing at CIA headquarters. Space is involved, yes, but more in an Independence Day sort of fashion, although not in the same way at all, than anything else. The sculpture which, to me, seems to be an important aspect of the book based on the blurb, does not even get mentioned until about two-thirds or so of the way into the book. Because the "reality" of the book did not match the expectations I had for the reading based on the blurb, it took me a bit of time to get into reading it and I lacked a certain enjoyment because of that. It is, however, a good well, almost hodgepodge sort of read as it is a bit of a thriller, there is a bit of sci-fi in it, a bit of a mystery, and a bit of mysticism as well.

Dr. Richard Chalmers heads a unit in the CIA that protects a certain kind of secret and he has been with the CIA since its OSS days and works with it for a very, very long time -- through quite a few directors, co-workers, and building/office relocations. Will he be able to stay around long enough to accomplish everything he needs to or will he need to entrust the continuation of his work to future generations?

Book Blurb for The Cryptos Conundrum

A fifteen-foot-tall steel sculpture stands in the courtyard of the Central Intelligence Agency, emblazoned with a message that no one can decipher. The three-inch-high letters on the sculpture form a coded message taht is central to the survival of mankind--a message hidden in plain sight, displayed in a public space, with the full text available to anyone who has an internet connection.

One man knows exactly what the statue's message says--because he created it. 

Dr. Jonathan S. Chalmers heads a CIA unit tasked with containing the greatest secret our government has ever kept—and planning for its consequences. He alone knows the full story of the threats that face America.  Threats that would terrify us if we knew them.  Threats that have shaped our country’s past, present, and future. Threats that have become his life's work, requiring all his talents, all his energy, and even the lives of members of his family.

If Chalmers can’t save us, nobody can.

Former CIA operative Chase Brandon tells a high-intensity, cosmic tale that will leave readers breathless.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 3.00