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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The book is nominally a spy thriller but , like ale Carre, the author uses the genre to explore issues of ambiguity and morality, contrasted with the black and white world of sociopathic neoliberals. The fact that the main protagonist walks away in the end may signal that the CIA and government is too far gone for redemption.0