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Deception Point: A Novel | [Dan Brown]

Deception Point: A Novel

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.
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Publisher's Summary

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery, a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

©2001 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Pamela Beckley, WV, USA 05-22-05
    Pamela Beckley, WV, USA 05-22-05 Member Since 2002
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    "More of a demon than an angel"

    I love Dan Brown's other books. This one is just not up to par. The number of times the main character "almost" dies gets pretty silly. Really! While marooned on a drifting iceberg, she beats an SOS with her ice axe and gets rescued by a passing submarine. After that, I started cheering for the "bad guys".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-19-05
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-19-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Very enjoyable book"

    As with Brown's other works, defining and redefining the obvious was a bit much, but the story was good. The character development was teriffic. The reader was good. The ending was satisfying even though you could pretty much predict the outcomes and surprises as they were building. I would have to recommend this to friends, overall a darn good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances IOWA CITY, IA, USA 05-17-05
    Frances IOWA CITY, IA, USA 05-17-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, fast paced, one predicament after another. I couldn't wait for breaks at work and after work to listen to this book. I didn't figure out the controller at all, but then I just went along for the fast paced ride. Narrator was annoying in the beginning, but got better after the characters came to life. You won't be disappointed in this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 05-13-05
    Jeff 05-13-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A Good Read!"

    This book is very different than Angels and Demons and from The DaVinci Code. Yet it is stylistically similar. Brown did a good job of developing the plot and engaging the listener in an exciting tale. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kumi High Point, NC, USA 05-10-05
    Kumi High Point, NC, USA 05-10-05
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    "Great Ride, Fast Paced"

    I didn't read his first book, but this one seemed to be right up my alley. It started from the very first chapter to be edge of your seat, and a could not wait to listen to the next CD. I had read that the character development was not great, but I have enjoyed the characters and have a real sense of who they are. Overall, excellent thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Los Angeles, CA, USA 04-21-05
    Jeannie Los Angeles, CA, USA 04-21-05
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    "deceived story"

    this was my 4th dan brown book in a row. it started to sound the same. but it was a good story, kept surprising me. but i didn't like the ending. no real insight into the gov't (the subject of the book) like the other stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Corona, CA, USA 03-21-05
    Mike Corona, CA, USA 03-21-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Good!"

    Gripping Suspence! If you're looking for the DeVinci Code, you wont find it here. But, what you will find is a good gripping story, one that's hard to put down. Richard Poe helps bring the story to life. I enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda NAILLATFrance 03-04-05
    Wanda NAILLATFrance 03-04-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Oh boy, did it go on!"

    I know I'm not a rocket scientist but did Dan Brown HAVE to repeat everything. I didn't have a problem remembering what documents various characters had in their possession or what they were wearing so I feel that repeating them were time fillers. However, I'm sure that Dan Brown thinks he's a rocket scientist because the technical descriptions were... technical, very technical and very long. I gave it 2 stars because there was a sting in the tail otherwise I would have given it 1 (for effort).

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    Peter Clifton Park, NY, USA 12-09-04
    Peter Clifton Park, NY, USA 12-09-04
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    "Eating chocolate, burning gasoline."

    Reading this book was like eating chocolate instead of fresh green beans or burning gasoline instead of oak logs. There wasn't a lot of substance but there was plenty of excitement. I really enjoyed it. Never did I have to dig deep to understand meaning. Instead, I was on the edge of my seat, anxious to hear what was coming next. And, the fact that I could guess what was next did little to reduce my excitement.

    I liked the narrator. His voice characterizations were subtle, not calling attention to his performance. His slight tonal variation kept the words lively adding to the entertainment that this book provided.

    If you're a snooty reader, you'll hate this. For the rest of you, enjoy your dessert.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Columbus, OH, United States 07-24-04
    Christina Columbus, OH, United States 07-24-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Boring!"

    This book started out interesting and got really boring really fast. It started out in the realm of science fiction only to become a drawn out political thriller. It was painful waiting for the ending to come. It also seems to have been derived from something else....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Jill
    Hunstanton, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    3/22/06
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    "100 impossible things to do before breakfast"

    Good fairly fast paced romp of a thriller. Enoyed it though - better thought out than Angels and Demons and slightly more believable. The end again with a Dan Brown novel seems rather out of kilter with the rest of the novel - as if he isn't sure how to end a book which seems a shame after ploughing through so many hours.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
    7/15/07
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    "Very good"

    Well paced, keeps interest going. Good story - enjoyable!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    3/22/08
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    "dont buy the abridged version"

    go for the full hog and you won't be disappointed - an excellent and compelling read from start to finish. It takes two minutes to get over the strong american accent and then your gripped by the storyline.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    nuneaton, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "great listen"

    This book has you on the edge , the story is very interesting with lots to think about, you just can’t stop listening once you start, the narrator is great and the plot well described and the voices are good, i have listened to this book twice in quick succession and enjoyed it very much both times, highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Ascot, Berks, United Kingdom
    3/25/11
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    "Disappointing"

    Overall I found the plot interesting and some scenes were quite absoribng but for the majority of the book there were only two scenes active, so the way the story flipped between these with articifial regularity to create tension felt very predictable and mechanistic.

    Secondly I found the narration poor. I listened through headphones and a combination of mediocre sound quality and the narrator's salival noises accompanying almost every sentence finished off most of the plasure I could have got from this story.

    I would say wait until audible buy a decent narrated version and have a go, it will probably be okay.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lilacangel
    United Kingdom
    5/28/14
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    "Skin crawl."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration... Or the recording.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The saliva, swallowing and spitting noises are terrible. Completely detracts from the novel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • deborah
    skinningrove, United Kingdom
    4/9/14
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    "Another cracker of a book from a great author."
    If you could sum up Deception Point in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, different and polished.


    What does Richard Poe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    easy to understand, good timing and just one of those voices that are easy on the ear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    absolutely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    10/11/13
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    "I love Dan Brown"
    What did you like most about Deception Point?

    This was an entertaining book...nothing crazy and sometimes I choose a book simply because it's light entertainment! And that's what it was :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    United Kingdom
    6/21/13
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    "Gradually unbelievable"

    Exceptionally well thought out storyline but, like most Dan Brown, finally nods to the unbelievable. The naration is excellent. I was left feeling bewildered to say the least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Ellon, United Kingdom
    1/19/10
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    "Too far fetched ..."

    The plot is utterly unconvincing with twists and turns for the sake of it. And the 'science' is ridiculous - beyond belief by a long way. No stars. However, after a very slow start there are some half-decent bits of thriller writing and the reading is quite good. For this it gets 2 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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