Welcome to the tenth month of the Unlocking the Past 2021 Reading Challenge. This month focused on WWII, and my choice of story was The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander. Once you read my review, don’t forget to comment to be entered for your chance to win a copy.
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The Cryptographer’s Dilemma
by Johnnie Alexander
I ended up listening to the audiobook of this story as reading has been shoved to the recesses of driving time, cooking, dishes, and laundry. I thought the narrator did a fine job, although sometimes the voices she used struck a nerve.
As for the book itself, I loved diving into the world of the FBI during WWII and cryptography. I was fascinated by how much I learned through the story, and even some of the twists and turns I hadn’t expected. I was slightly confused at the end with how some things connected, but I didn’t read back through to see if I just missed something. Overall, the story was a joy to read and to learn about aspects of WWII I had not previously been familiar with. The hero and heroine were delightful, the romance sweet and believable, and the plot intriguing. Readers of historical romance will enjoy the journey and the details of a world gone by, and a time in history when “loose lips sinks ships.”
I recommend this book to fans of WWII stories, stories with well-researched historical details, plots of intrigue and espionage, and romance that blooms through adversity.
Genre: Historical Romance, USA, 1942
A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?
What I loved: The behind-the-scenes peek at following an investigation and cryptography. There were some great scenes of action, and I always love a good spy story.
Favorite Character and Why: I really enjoyed Eloise. She was a bright woman with the insecurities that many of us face. She was easy to identify with.
Who would like this? I recommend this book to fans of WWII stories, stories with well-researched historical details, plots of intrigue and espionage, and romance that blooms through adversity.
Rating and Why: Four stars. There were lots of great things I enjoyed about the story. However, there were bits of the ending that didn’t quite lineup for me. That may change with a second reading.
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I read A Promise Forged by Cara Putman.
Oh! I didn’t know she had a historical fiction. I’ll have to check that out!
I read “When Twilight Breaks” by Sundin. Excellent book!!!
What I know about WWII fiction, Sara Sundin seems to be the queen of it. I look forward to finally reading one of her books.
I read Nothing Short Of Wondrous by Regina Scott!! This book is high on my TBR!! I love spy, detective, thriller, suspense stories!!
You’ll really enjoy it, I’m sure! I have a Regina Scott book on my shelf that is waiting for me to read. I think it’s actually in that series!
I read With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin! It’s the first book of the only series I have left to read by her…then I’ll be caught up to her!!
Yay! I’ve still yet to read on of hers. I was going to try for this challenge, but I just ran out of time. I needed something short and quick. She’s such a sweet lady that I desperately want to read her stories.
I read A Promise Forged by Cara Putman.
I read the same book that you did. I found the whole idea of the code breakers fascinating. The other part that was well done was how Phillip’s color blindness affected his ability to serve in the military and how he dealt with it.
Agreed! I really appreciated how it was a part of the story but not focused so heavily upon that it pulled away from the rest of the story.
I read Heirs of Falcon Point by Traci Abramson, Sian Ann Bessey, Paige Edwards, and A. L. Sowards. I already have a copy of The Cryptographer’s Dilemma–read and reviewed, so I don’t need to be in the drawing for the book.