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No Regrets (2007)
Shannon Butcher

This is an espionage thriller in which a cryptographer reluctantly helps the military break a mathematical code. It gets high ratings from those who enjoy this sort of cloak-and-dagger stuff. Moreover, the author has worked as an engineer and so has a pretty good grasp of mathematics. But, unlike some other works listed on this site which really do something deep with the math or say something about mathematics, here it is essentially a gimmick. The protagonist struggles to break the code until she eventually has a realization about systems of equations that allows her to succeed. I don't think that there is enough there to interest people who like to see a lot of math in their fiction. On the other hand, if you're looking for a good adventure story and would appreciate the fact that math gets mentioned a few times, then do read this book. (And when you do, please come back to this site and post your own ratings and opinions about it...especially if you disagree with my assessment!)

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Works Similar to No Regrets
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
  2. The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner
  3. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  4. Eye of the Beholder by Alex Kasman
  5. Tetraktys by Ari Juels
  6. The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis
  7. The Cipher by John C. Ford
  8. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
  9. Bone Chase by Weston Ochse
  10. Equations of Life by Simon Morden
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!

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