This book is appropriate for young teens at best, though I suspect they would find the material too dry.
Yes -- I quite enjoyed Deception Point, The DaVinci Code, and Angels and Demons.
I can't believe this was written AFTER Deception Point -- this seems like a regression in style and content.
Rather than go on in gross detail about the ridiculous plot twists, improbable instances of luck, or the contrived ending, I'll give a single example of the tediously spoon-fed puzzle pieces:
The author though it was necessary to pause during the climactic conclusion in order to explain what *prime numbers* are to the reader.
Sorry, if you've finished 5th grade, you shouldn't need a review of that particular lesson of arithmetic.
Author of Five (Maor Series)
One of my favorite books ever!
I love the way Dan Brown adds his personal touch of theology that gets you thinking and how he keeps the plot racing!
I've thoroughly enjoyed several of Dan Brown's other books, and maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened to this one, but I hated it. I found it horribly cliche and predictable and couldn't bring myself to keep listening. Maybe if I'd made it to the second download it would've turned around.
He was able to clearly distinguish the multiple characters in the book. Moreover, his english was very clear and easy to understand (english is not my mother language)
I've loved all other books by Dan Brown, but clearly in this one, being his first, he was still polishing his style.
It's possible to notice a few of the characteristics that made his other books so good, however, what I disliked about the plot was it's predictability.
In a nutshell, I didn't find myself looking forward to listening to the next chapter.
Written intelligently. Not a predictable story
Kind of reads like a Grisham
We listened to it on a long road trip. Helped the time pass quickly
We'll probably listen to it again in a couple years.
No, I won't be reading, er listening to any more Dan Brown.
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons so I was hopeful this would be as thrilling! *Yawn* - it was awful, I waiting for it to get exciting, after 3/4 of the way thru... I decided that I would just finish what I started. Narrator is excellent.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
To be fair, light and interesting and if you like DB this is up to his mark. The twists and turns are not as sharp as they might be making the ride a little predictable. But as a story teller he is always good value provided you like to be entertained and do not take the world too seriously.
I, ultimately, enjoyed this book and its story but I found two other aspects frustrating.
First, the technical details are terrible. It's as if a technology thesaurus was used to pick different terms and apply them in the wrong ways. As someone who is a software developer, I found the technical details simply frustrating but I did my best to ignore them.
Secondly, as mentioned in other reviews, the last hour of the book made me actually yell at my car stereo. The characters, while seemingly brilliant in most of the book, became complete idiots. The author spent 30 minutes trying to decipher a simple sentence that anyone who has taken high school chemistry could have figured out (you don't even need to remember that class!).
So, overall, the story was good but the terrible technical details and the ending with the simple characters kept me from giving this higher than 3 stars.
If you know nothing about how computers work AND you know nothing about Cryptograph you may enjoy this book. Dan Brown apparently belongs to that group of people, because he obviously knows little about the subject of his own book.
I don't know how this book is rated at 4 stars, when so many people have written 1 star reviews, and believe me, as someone who was writing cyphers back in the 60's and has worked with computers since the mid 70's, the 1 star ratings are correct.
If Dan Brown DUMMED-DOWN or simplified the subject for his readers then he went waaay too far.
TRANSLATOR, his $3 billion super computer, simply tries every password possible until it detects clear text in the message. This could be beaten simply by re-encryping an already encrypted message. TRANSLATOR would never decode such a message.
This book is so, so, incorrect, that I wonder if the real NSA didn't commission him to spread disinformation about their real abilities. Just a thought.