This month's book is a departure from my original list and what a good decision! I thoroughly enjoyed Enigma by Robert Harris, so much so, I couldn't put it down and read it in two days - a record for me. You may have seen the excellent film Enigma starring Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows and Kate Winslet and this is the book the film was based on. As always, the book is better than the movie version which I also found exciting and very entertaining.
Enigma is the name of the German code machine used by all Nazi military during World War II. The fact based story is about the mathematicians and scientists employed at Bletchley Park Intelligence Gathering and Decoding Centre. Their battle was to break into the German Navy's Enigma code 'Shark' before the submarine wolf-packs could sink the convoys of supply ships making their slow and ponderous way across the North Atlantic to the UK from America. A nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat read wonderfully wrapped up in intrigue and betrayal. Thoroughly recommended!
Here is my pastel drawing of a cargo ship on the North Atlantic at night in 1942 having been spotted by a German U-boat. The 4 character codes were transmitted to other U-boats and they took up positions in line, as much as 20 miles apart, and then set about blowing the convoys out of the water with great success and huge loss of life.
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