©2001 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"Brown moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller: a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm." (Publishers Weekly)
"A dazzling high-tech adventure...Brown proves once again that he is among the most intelligent and dynamic of authors in the thriller genre." (Library Journal)
"This is pretty exciting stuff...and Brown certainly does have a knack for spinning a suspenseful yarn." (Booklist)
Ok, firstly it must be said that Deception Point is not as good as the Da Vinci Code or even Angels and Demons (I won't mention The Lost Symbol because I didn't really like it). It is still a good book even though the plot is a bit far-fetched and the characters remain somewhat distant.
I just have to wonder if Brown is an ex-smoker: there is a very unpleasant chainsmoking character in all of his books (at least in all that I have read). A minor issue that has really started to irk me; seems a bit sloppy to use a variation of the same character over and over again.
Summa summarum: I would recommend this book. It's entertaining but not earth-shattering.
I enjoy a good story and find that many writers educate while entertaining. This story was neither a good story nor educational. By way of example, the author presents a senior White House official threatening jail for repeating things that were not National Security items but only defamation. Such a threat is in itself a crime. We are led to believe that a marine biologist can defeat three Delta Force members if his heart is pure and he wants to impress a girl. The story has a domestic strike, killing a civilian without so much as a query by a commander. We are told that secret service agents will assist in arranging trysts in the Lincoln Bedroom. All would be overlooked if this were a good story with convincing characters but sadly, the story was weak and none of the characters was believable or sympathetic.
Not believable, that being said it is really an action packed book and kept my attention until the very end! Basically it is the audiobook version of an Action Movie, little real content but big events and entertaining scenarios. It kept me entertained for the time it took to listen to the whole thing.
Dont listen to anyone who says this is Dan Browns best work. They are probably on the payroll. Although it's entertaining, it can be quit predictable especially at the end. The "heroes" repeatedly managed to escape from no way out situations. I found myself not being drawn into the drama sometimes because you know everyone is coming out alive. The phrase " with his/her last ounce of strength" was used way to often. Take my advice and use your library card on this instead of your debit card.
I liked it, but felt disappointed by the outcome of the mystery. It was sort of a letdown. I also felt the villainous senator character was very stereotypical.
Richard Poe is a good reader and actor, but I think he has dentures since there is a lot of mouth noise like his gums smacking and it is really distracting and frustrating to where it is hard to get into the O.K. story.
I loved this book! And after I read some of the reviews about the narrator, Richard Poe, I was concerned that his sometimes "breathless" voice might distract me from the characters, but it was just the opposite. He was great, and he spoke just like many people that I talk to every day. The book was action packed, and the only thing that kept me sane, was that I had read other books by Dan Brown, and I knew that he would not let the hero/heroine die...Just when one problem seemed to be solved, another popped up. Great read/listen. I didn't care if the politics were accurate or not, or if the scientific data was accurate...it is fiction, after all. I recommend it 100%.
I've read several Dan Brown books and enjoyed them. This one was ok. Took a long time to get going but once the action started is was pretty good. If you like - we uncovered the secret, now they are after us, we better tell someone before they get us, run they are chasing us - then this book is for you.
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