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The Amber Shadows (2016)
Lucy Ribchester

This is another thriller set at Bletchley Park during World War II. Many of the characters are described as mathematicians and Alan Turing is mentioned occasionally, but math is definitely not the center of attention in this novel. Instead, the plot concerns the pieces of amber that one of the women working in Hut 6 has been receiving in mysterious packages from Russia and what they might mean about the fate of her biological father.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. V2: A Novel of World War II by Robert Harris
  3. Enigma by Robert Harris / Tom Stoppard
  4. Sekret Enigmy by Roman Wionczek
  5. The Imitation Game by Morten Tyldum (director) / Graham Moore (screenplay)
  6. Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
  7. Sebastian by David Greene (director)
  8. The Number of Love (The Codebreakers) by Roseanna M. White
  9. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  10. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction, Adventure/Espionage,
MotifWar, Female Mathematicians, Alan Turing,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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