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NSA is America's top security agency. Its operations are so secret that it is aptly nicknamed “No such agency”. Top cryptographer genious Susan Fletcher, gets an urgent call from her boss, Commander Strathmore, to come to work on a holiday. She is given the shocking news that TRANSLTR, the NSA's incredibly fast and infallible code-breaking machine against which even the best computer encryption software is useless, is facing its nemesis. It is grappling with the Digital Fortress, an apparently unbreakable code created by an ex-NSA cryptographer, Ensei Tankado.
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Tankado had threatened to make it available for public use if the NSA didn't make TRANSLTR's existence known to the general public. A potential deadly threat to the nation's security, this code has to be broken. Ensei has a secret partner and Susan is entrusted with the job of finding him/her. Adding to her frustrations is that her boss has sent her boyfriend David, an ordinary university professor, on a dangerous mission to Spain to retrieve this unbreakable code's key.

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NSA cryptographer Susan Fletcher is told that their powerful code breaking machine, TRANSLTR, has encountered a code it cannot break. The code is written by a former NSA employee, Ensei Tankado, who demands that the US government admits publicly to having the TRANSLTR. If not, he will release the code that TRANSLTR can't break, thus making the code breaking machine useless.

Fletcher's fiancée, professor David Becker, is sent to Spain to collect Ensei Tankado's belongings. Tankado has died from a heart attack, and Becker has to find the pass-key to unlock the code before someone else does.

Susan Fletcher, David Becker and NSA Commander Trevor Strathmore try to find the pass-key, and at the same time they have to keep the threat a secret from the rest of the world.
The review of this Book prepared by Turid Mevold

Susan is one of the top Code breakers at the NSA. She monitors the use of the code breaking machine that can break all codes in less than 3 hrs and is used by all forms of US intelligance. She is called in when a program is still running after 12+ hrs. At the same time her fiance is sent to Spain to try and locate the "key" to stopping the release of a code program that will allow the NSA to break codes that Digital Fortress (the encrypting program) is used to protect. In Spain it becomes clear that someone is out to keep the key safe as people who have come in contact with it are killed.
The story follows the progress to not only figuring out who has planted the code but how to keep it from letting the world into the NSA files.
The review of this Book prepared by Tanya

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   computer crime Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Search for technology?    -   computers

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   computer programmer Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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