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Amy Webb, the author of “Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match,” realized that her online profile was turning off potential cyber-suitors and made it her mission to get to the bottom of it…
And despite the innocuous, almost misleading title, is no exception.
Poppy West is a cryptologist who is just as talented as cracking code as creating it, a skill that she hopes will be put to good use on her missing brother’s secret government file.
Poppy’s other brother, Damon, a master hacker, found the file in a previous book, but they need Poppy to decode it, and she needs somewhere completely off the grid to undertake that task.
Fortunately, her business partner, Tomas, also has a brother, who, in turn, owns a remote Australian island equipped with exactly the kind of equipment and isolation Poppy needs to pull off her mission.
Rivals in the way that only an older master and younger, more aggressive follower can be, Young and Champollion suggest different kinds of genius; the one a polymath and inveterate dabbler, the other a driven obsessive: panorama versus tunnel vision, fox as opposed to hedgehog in Isaiah Berlin's terms. This is the first full biography of Champollion in English.
Robinson has previously written about Young and about Michael Ventris, decipherer of Linear B, but he isn't blinded by knowledge of his subject and he lacks the faintly sensational touch of Lesley and Roy Adkins' book The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphics.Although she enjoys living and working in different parts of the world, she still calls Australia home. Hunter: Within a relatively short time, your books have become auto-buys for me.He presents instead a convincing and warm-hearted intellectual portrait of Champollion, who died at 41 after transforming our understanding of the ancient world.Champollion was a hedegehog in every possibly sense, not just single-mindedness.Her borrowed desert island seems perfect—until she discovers the owner is the most dangerously sexy man she has ever laid eyes on… Sebastian Reyne never intended to teach Poppy all the delightful, enticing mysteries of flirtation. He immediately sees beyond Poppy’s mousy exterior and finds the innocent woman beneath captivating. His jeans clung lovingly to superbly muscled thighs and his butt was taut and round and altogether perfect. Sun bronzed and magnificently proportioned to fit the rest of him, it was a study in the play of skin over musculature and the hills and valleys that came of it. Maybe you should wait in the office.’ ‘It’s okay,’ said Poppy mildly. ’ ‘Brothers who do what they want,’ she countered quietly, and put her hands to her knees and bent low so as to see Seb Reyne’s face. It put her in mind of fallen angels and very bad boys. But when Damon brings her code that might give them a clue as to the whereabouts of her missing older brother, all bets are off as she tries to crack it.