About a week ago I finished Neal Stephensen’s Cryptonomicon and I thought it was great, although a bit long. I felt like I was reading it for a year, but the pacing picked up by the end.
It’s the story of three people, two set in World War II and a third in the present day. Connections between then come to light and they are all somewhat related to the science of cryptography. An exerpt from the prequel, Quicksilver, is included at the end so now I’ll probably have to read that, too.
If you’d Cryptonomicon, I highly recommend you check out this site, What’s up with Enoch Root?.