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Code Girls
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II | Liza Mundy
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In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis. Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
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nelehelen
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Thank you @catebutler for my awesome #LitsyLove #WinterExchange package!! These two books have been on my TBR forever and I‘m SO psyched I finally get to read them. I can‘t wait to wear the Christmas socks while drinking the sugar cookie tea in my new mug and eating all the chocolates. I‘m already burning the candle! 😆 I just love each and every single thing!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH my dear #LitsyLove friend. 😘😘😘

nelehelen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie thank you guys for organizing this exchange and managing this amazing #LitsyLove group!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
catebutler I‘m so glad it arrived and hope you enjoy each of the items. And thank you for being so kind and patient about the postal mixup! 💓 2w
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Merethebookgal
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So, so good! Compelling, educational, personal. I loved learning about these amazing women, their lives, and their important roles during WWII. I actually started googling some of their names because I wanted to put faces with names. I must admit, I couldn‘t always keep track of everyone with how the narrative skipped around, but it didn‘t take away from my enjoyment. And the audiobook narrator was great! Definitely would recommend!

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wanderinglynn
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#ThoughtfulThursday
Thank you @Eggs for the thoughtful tag 😘
1. Pumpkin pie
2. Code Girls
3. I am blessed with fantastic friends, a loving mom, and an awesome dog & cat.

Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 3w
MoonWitch94 Wonderful! ♥️😊 3w
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wanderinglynn
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Did this puzzle to go with my current audiobook, Code Girls by Liza Mundy for #nfNov.

#TIL women were hired do to code breaking during WWII, first as civilians and then being allowed to join the Navy (WAVES) & Army (WACS). Approx. 100,000 women joined the services during WWII, although only nurses were allowed to deploy overseas.

starlight97 Sounds interesting! I'm currently reading a book about the Army Nurse Corps in WW2 and it's fascinating 🤩💉 3w
lilistar This puzzle is amazing 3w
Bookwormjillk I liked that book. Great puzzle! 3w
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wanderinglynn @starlight97 That does sound interesting. I‘ll have to check it out. 👍🏻 3w
wanderinglynn Thanks @lilistar & I recommend Code Girls. I learned a lot listening to it. 3w
rsteve388 9 pts 3w
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wanderinglynn
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#friYAYintro
1. I haven‘t played any in a while but I love Cards Against Humanity.
2. 🇦🇺 & 🇳🇿
3. A bit behind. But I increased my goal 2x already, so I‘m not worried.
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
5. Y‘all have asked such great questions. I‘ve been having fun answering them. So let‘s see. . . What is the air speed velocity. . . wait, I feel like that‘s been done already. Um, how much wood can. . . no, no, that‘s no good either. 👇🏻

wanderinglynn 5. What is your favorite word or the weirdest word you know? 1mo
AmandaEve I love the word bamboozled 🙃 1mo
vivastory I love the words brouhaha, & baclava. I think catawampus might be the strangest word 1mo
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ljuliel This is a tough one. The only one I can think of at the moment is Flabbergasted. (edited) 1mo
BookNAround I love the word gloaming for its soft sounds. For entertainment value, I like spelunking. 1mo
Mandoul Good question...I always liked the word procrastinate, despite its negative connotations! 1mo
ljuliel Or I just thought of one Sarah Vowell used in one of her books. Looky Lou (edited) 1mo
Jerdencon I like wackadoodle! 1mo
wanderinglynn @AmandaEve Great word! 👍🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn @vivastory Catawampus is on of my faves! 👍🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn @ljuliel I often use that word. 😂 1mo
wanderinglynn @BookNAround gloaming is an excellent word! 👍🏻 1mo
wanderinglynn @Mandoul And something I do a lot, especially when it comes to my writing! 🤫 1mo
wanderinglynn @Jerdencon excellent word! 👍🏻 1mo
DaveGreen7777 5. I don‘t know why, but I‘ve always loved the word “skulduggery”! 1mo
hes7 CardsAgainst Humanity! 😂 Always good for a laugh. 1mo
wanderinglynn @DaveGreen7777 such a fun word. 1mo
wanderinglynn @hes7 Yes! You have to be careful with beverages when playing it because more than once someone has spewed their drink! 😂 1mo
ChasingOm I enjoyed all your questions, finished and otherwise. 😂 One of my favorites is “gobsmacked.” 1mo
wanderinglynn @ChasingOm Great word! 👍🏻 1mo
TheEllieMo Smidgeon is my favourite word. 1mo
wanderinglynn @TheEllieMo Great word! 👍🏻 1mo
Kaila-ann Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (I actually managed to spell it right I think, I‘m a terrible speller 🤦🏻‍♀️) 1mo
wanderinglynn @Kaila-ann Awesome word! I love singing the song too. 👍🏻 1mo
UwannaPublishme Tree Grows in Brooklyn! 😍🙌🏻 1mo
Crazeedi My grandma always used glakid and hawkly (meaning lazy and slovenly) dont even know if they're real words or spelled correctly, lol. Everyone mentioned many of my favorite words! 1mo
Crazeedi Also I us watchamacallit a lot! (With my oldtimers!!) 1mo
wanderinglynn @Crazeedi awesome words! 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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For #MrBook1inAMillion #LitsyPartyOfOne #24B4Monday, I‘ll finish the tagged audiobook & Remembrance, then the rest are from my #nfNov TBR.

My snack choices: Trader Joe‘s air popped popcorn (which I might have already opened 🤫), goldfish, & dried mangoes. I also plan on making some fresh carrot-ginger-mango-orange juice, but I might go totally wild & get some sparkling water + some peanut butter cups. What can I say, it‘s a 3-day weekend! 🎉

rubyslippersreads That stationery book is gorgeous! After books, stationery is probably my biggest weakness. 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn @rubyslippersreads Mine too! The lovely @Mitch gifted it to me for that very reason—I love all things stationary! 1mo
MrBook Niiiiice! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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Mitch Cool weekend ahead! Ive just got this - hope it good! enjoy the weekend! 1mo
Lynnsoprano Party on🎉🎉😂 1mo
wanderinglynn @Mitch I hope so too! We shall see! 1mo
Clwojick 1 pt for nfnov 1mo
Andrew65 Looking good, good luck. 👏👏👏 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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#nfNov #TIL in a little history of codes & ciphers:

During the Civil War, the Confederate Army‘s cipher was so complicated, they became confused by it. 😂

And sometimes they‘d also intercept Union messages, publish them in the newspapers, & invite readers to submit solutions.

Crazeedi I'm interested in reading this one!! 1mo
wanderinglynn @Crazeedi I‘m enjoying it! 1mo
rsteve388 4 pts 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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Started a new audiobook for #nfNov that sounds interesting.

Crazeedi It's on my tbr!! 1mo
wanderinglynn @Crazeedi I just started. The intro is describing Dec. 7, 1941. 1mo
Kaila-ann I just started this one as well. 1mo
wanderinglynn @Kaila-ann great minds think alike! 🙌🏻 1mo
rsteve388 1 pt 1mo
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Merethebookgal
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I started this audiobook today and I‘m already enjoying it! Did you know that of the 20,000 cryptographers employed by the US Government during WWII, 11,000 of them were female?

Aims42 Loved ❤️ this ❤️ book!!!!!! 1mo
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IamIamIam
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I'm really interested in this story but I feel like the book is just all over the place. The author talks about code writing in between telling about people's lives and in differing time periods... 🤔 I'm having a tough time following.

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Librarybelle
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I‘m testing out some books for a committee I‘m on that happened to be part of my personal book collection. Part of my #SelfLove routine is purchasing books and allowing myself to indulge in reading. I also recently purchased the weighted blanket under the books - it‘s warm and comfy, so I look forward to cool nights snuggled under the blanket reading books. #SelfImprovementSept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
OriginalCyn620 I LOVE my weighted blanket! 😊❤️ 3mo
Librarybelle @OriginalCyn620 I‘m loving it so far! 3mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff That is an excellent part of any self care routine! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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GypsyKat
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I picked up a couple of books from Audible‘s two for one sale.

#AudibleSale

Crazeedi Catherine the great was a really good book! 6mo
GypsyKat @Crazeedi It‘s been on my TBR list for years now! 6mo
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MrBook
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Replenishment for my #WW2 Display 😁!

Have you read any of these?!

#LitsyLovesLibraries #MrBooksDisplays

Andrew65 I need to read the Nightingale. 6mo
Andrew65 Good additions would be The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, All the Things we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, City of Thieves by David Benioff, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. All favourite books. (edited) 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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BarkingMadRun Nightingale was so good!! 6mo
ravenlee Got anything about the Night Witches? That would be cool. 6mo
rwmg Only The Rape of Nanking. Strong stuff. 6mo
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higgysmalls
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Code Girls is incredibly interesting, I just couldn't commit to it. Hopefully I will in the future!

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SkeletonKey
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Dog walking this week means lots of extra time for audiobooks.

The tone of this one gets under my skin sometimes but the coding bits are fascinating!

RadicalReader Adorable puppy 8mo
SkeletonKey @RadicalReader - He‘s so sweet 💜 8mo
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brianherbergerbooks
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Great book. Interesting part of our history, and a unique take on WWII Liza Mundy gives life to the story, paints real people as characters in an exciting drama, and pulls the reader in.

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BekaReid
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Code Girls tells of the important code breaking work of women during WW2. In her book, Mundy includes both humorous snippets (bartering plates of scrambled eggs for the delivery of a mattress), technical aspects of the code breaking work, and stories of how seriously the women took their work and in many cases never revealing their key role even to those close to them and even years later long after the war.

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brianherbergerbooks
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Current read - interesting info on how involved this effort was, nice job of turning history into story.

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sammisho
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This was the untold, and unknown story about thousands of American women who stepped up to break enemy codes during WWII. It is not an exaggeration to say they helped win the war. Very interesting and well done.
#womenshistorymonth

Sills Read and appreciated their story👍 girls rock! 9mo
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Macnjen
Pickpick

Pretty good audiobook. True story of the women who broke codes during WW2. Good narration but it does get pretty technical when it comes to code breaking detail. Interesting and worth reading if you like WW2 reads.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook for the #litsyAtoZ challenge! It‘s great so far! @BookishMarginalia

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KCorter
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"It appears that in order to live at all one must live dangerously." Florence Mendheim

Favorite part of working in a library so far? Attending cool events on the clock.

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jckphnx
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Female readers will doubtlessly feel inspired by this meticulously researched tale of recovering the stories of hidden heroes, bolstered by Mundy‘s superb writing. But every reader will likely feel a much-needed sense of patriotic pride.

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This was an interesting story, especially because I already knew about the British side of the code-breaking enterprise. My only complaint is the time jumps that made it hard to follow in audio. Also, I was thrilled to see that Winthrop (where I got my BA in history and MS in Biology) played a role in the story!! This was my book about a topic that fascinates me for #MMDchallenge

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BooksAtNight
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book about amazing women who played such a key role during WWII. The book has a good balance between detailed descriptions and broad generalizations, which kept me interested and invested in finding out what happened to some of the women.

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BlueStockingReviews
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Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers who helped win World War II was jam packed with interesting information. Almost to much information, it was like... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/code-girls

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MyBookSwapClub
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Here's my beautiful #DiwaliBookSwap gifts! I love them.

Can't wait to read the book 🙂

arlenefinnigan Happy Diwali! 🕯️ 13mo
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Kristy_K
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For fans of The Radium Girls &Hidden Figures.

Mundy brings to life the young women who helped shape &changed the course of WWII. This portion of history has been largely left out of history books &schools (b/c of secrecy restrictions, & b/c so much of women's role in history is skimmed over), so most of this information was new to me. I loved learning about these unsung heroines.

Thank you Hachette Books for sending me a copy.

3.5⭐️s

#history

BekaReid I'm looking forward to reading this one soon!! 13mo
Kristy_K @BekaReid It‘s informative and engaging. Hope you enjoy! 13mo
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ontheBL
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Women are incredible, and they have been forever. During WWII, women were finally able to contribute and show their worth as code breakers. They were so integral to the war effort, for the first time in the United States, they were actively recruited. I LOVED reading this book!

onthebl.org/2018/10/23/code-girls/

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BekaReid
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This was from yesterday at The Midtown Scholar as I had the privilege to hear Liza Mundy. It's always a pleasure to hear authors speak and talk about their work. I'm looking forward to reading Code Girls (although it may have to wait until next month with a crazy schedule right now).

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BeththeBookDragon
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Code Girls and preseason football 😊 After arriving home late from a work trip,
It‘s just what I need

Aims42 I loved this book 😃 Enjoy your night!! 1y
BeththeBookDragon @Aims42 I am really enjoying it too! 1y
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Loving the new book club pick!

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Grampa702
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Outstanding book & story. Fills lot of the void on code breaking during WWII. Not just the enormous contribution made by thousands of women but the actual ordeal & life-saving achievement their success produced. Very detailed; down to names & relationships. Just an excellent book not only for the WWII buff but the general reader as well. Highly recommended!

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LaurenReads
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It amazes me how many more WWII stories I have yet to hear, I love them and this one was amazing. Hearing the story of women code breakers, their service and personal lives, was wonderful and frustrating (as a feminist). They did the impossible in figuring out codes that kept American troops safe, but were still held back based only on their gender. The audio was really good. #audiobook #nonfiction

Bookish_B This one is on my TBR list. Glad you enjoyed it! 1y
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LaurenReads
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Fashion trumps utility - the WAVES uniforms didn‘t have pockets because it ruined the lines of the uniform.

Women just want pockets!!!! 😀

keys_on_fire I hate that so many pairs of dress pants don‘t have pockets either! 1y
wanderinglynn And real pockets. Not those shallow fashion pockets. 1y
Sweettartlaura Yes, yes, @wanderinglynn !!! I have one of those fake pockets today & I‘m so annoyed 😠 1y
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zezeki Absolutely agree, I want pocketss!! 1y
JamieArc I may have picked my wedding dress because it had pockets. It was a gorgeous dress, but THE POCKETS! 1y
wanderinglynn @Sweettartlaura I have a pair of jeans from Chico‘s that has pockets, but they are ridiculously shallow. And they‘re JEANS!!! Seriously WTF!?! 1y
Eggs Totally feel that 1y
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LaurenReads
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I usually do sticker painting when I listen to #audiobooks but decided to try diamond painting. Fun so far! And this book is great!

Bookzombie I had to go look up diamond painting. I haven‘t seen it before. 🙂 1y
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abbylibrarian
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Sunday morning audiobook walk. Loving this WWII history about the women who served as codebreakers in the Army and Navy. #audiobook #summerreading

Louise Have you seen the Bletchley Circle on Netflix? 1y
abbylibrarian @Louise Ooh no, but I will look for it! 1y
Louise @abbylibrarian They did a really good job with that series, and it‘s a fascinating look at the women whose code breaking made a huge difference during the war. There was no relegating them to the kitchen after that! 💪🏻 1y
RadicalReader @abbylibrarian absolutely love the portability of audiobooks so enjoyable to take in the beauty of nature amidst a wonderful read 1y
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Eggs
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These women made meaningful and amazing contributions to US strategic operations abroad in WW2, but were minimally recognized for it. They suffered PTSD just like men did.

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Eggs
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#readingresolutions #junetbr @Jess7
These are my 36 kindle TBRs that I want to finish during June-July ish (mostly ish LOL)

tammysue Ooh so many wonderful books! 😊 2y
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ssravp
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This was wonderful. Love these kinds of stories. Give me anything spy, code breaking, or espionage related. 😀