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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
By K R D on 12-11-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Burton on 01-22-18

Quiet genius

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

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