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The Quantum Spy: A Thriller (Hardcover)

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Washington Post national security columnist and editor David Ignatius is taking a break from the stranger-than-fiction-Trump-putting-us-on-the-brink-of-nuclear-war reality with a new thriller that is guaranteed to entertain while providing a unique perspective into the machinations of the battle between China and the U.S.’s intelligence agencies for the future of technology. Ignatius gives an up-close look at the day-to-day global operations (and bureaucratic battles) of the modern intelligence world, with a fast-paced plot and conflicted characters.

— Ryan

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A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb; whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption and break any code in existence. The winner of the race to build the world's first quantum machine will attain global dominance for generations to come. The question is, who will cross the finish line first: the U.S. or China?

In this gripping cyber thriller, the United States' top-secret quantum research labs are compromised by a suspected Chinese informant, inciting a mole hunt of history-altering proportions. CIA officer Harris Chang leads the charge, pursuing his target from the towering cityscape of Singapore to the lush hills of the Pacific Northwest, the mountains of Mexico, and beyond. The investigation is obsessive, destructive, and--above all--uncertain. Do the leaks expose real secrets, or are they false trails meant to deceive the Chinese? The answer forces Chang to question everything he thought he knew about loyalty, morality, and the primacy of truth.

Grounded in the real-world technological arms race, The Quantum Spy presents a sophisticated game of cat and mouse cloaked in an exhilarating and visionary thriller.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780393254150
ISBN-10: 0393254151
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English

 

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