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Deception Point: A Novel Audiobook

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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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-24-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Arctic is Greek for Bear"

    WHEN IN DOUBT SHIT IT OUT
    If only school could have been this exciting. Number one priority for me is to be entertained. Number two is to hear or learn something I have never heard or learned before. Number three is for the story to be believable. By believable it is something that could happen, not necessarily something that would most likely happen. If everything you read was what would most likely happen then it would probably be boring. Brown scores five stars on all accounts. Arctic comes from the Greek, arktos, which means bear and Antarctic means no bear. Just one of those things I will always remember that I would not have remembered in a school setting.

    AIR FORCE ONE, BIG DICK
    Like most of Brown's books he hits the ground running. The entire book takes place in about two days. The book is very fast paced. It covers most of the sciences, Astronomy, geology, ocean, volcanoes, whirlpools, deep ocean, plate tectonics, ice cores, entomology, origin theories, bioluminescence, panspermia etc... Then there is all the politics and some things about the government you may not have known.

    YOU WILL FIND PATIENCE, A VIRTUE
    The book is not perfect, as the believability factor is stressed pretty hard in some places. I was also turned off by some of the teasers. In the beginning we are told of this great find in the Arctic, but we can't tell you, you must see it. It takes several chapters and about an hour to get to this great find, all the time being teased about it.

    I thought the narrator was great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny brooklyn, NY, United States 07-26-13
    Jenny brooklyn, NY, United States 07-26-13
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    "Beware of this narrator"
    Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Richard Poe?

    The story is not as inciting as Brown's other books, but my issue is with the narrator. You can hear him swallow, breathe heavy and even a throat gurgle or two...if you do buy this audiobook, be sure to use low quality headphones.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 09-04-10
    Sher from Provo Utah 09-04-10 Member Since 2015

    tired teacher

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    "Too Predictable"

    It seems that when you've read one Dan Brown novel you've read them all. They all start out with a huge mystery that turns out not to be so huge at all. I like his writing style, and I did enjoy the book, but I probably won't be reading another Dan Brown book for a long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    01-09-06
    01-09-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Bravo For Dan!"

    The author is a 'keep-you-at-your-seat's-edge type of writer. He is excellent.

    The book was captivating and full of action and suspense. I have yet to read a book from Mr. Brown's collection that wasn't everything promised in the editorial.

    You won't be able to put the book away!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William apo, AR, USA 12-26-04
    William apo, AR, USA 12-26-04
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    "A Glass of water would make this better"

    Why a glass of water? Well, I have NO problem with the book itself. It's smart, and may be one of my favorites. Dan Brown rocks.
    The glass of water would be used to wet the "whistle" of the man who read this book. What I mean is this. Take a Microphone-Place it to your mouth. Turn up the volume. Now, move you mouth. Smack your lips, stick your tounge to the roof, and let it slap around, stick your lips to your teeth, and pull then off over and over. Now try to speak, while performing these oral gymnastics, and you'll see what I had to listen to.
    Book was excellent. After an hour, you don't notice the slurping noises, except when you stop the recording,and restart it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Loeffler OK 05-04-09
    Scott Loeffler OK 05-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Very good book - horrible narrator"

    Nice suspense story, well written and enjoyable to follow.

    However this may be the worst narrator ever for an audible book, he makes all kinds of noices between sentences that become very annoying. Key was enough volume to hear the story but low enough to minimize his noices.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 11-27-08
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 11-27-08 Member Since 2015

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Same story, different characters"

    Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dan Brown's Deception Point. But after I finished listening to it I realized that it had the same cookie cutter plot as The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brilliant world expert (on some highly specialized topic) becomes unwittingly immersered in a dangerous plot with world-altering ramifications, expert grudingly helps the good guys untangle a mystery while developing chemistry with another intellectual equal of the opposite sex, expert and sexy partner save the day, and end up fulfilling lustful desires as the story ends. The names and topic have been changed, and Dan Brown has still gone to his characteristic great lengths of research to explain highly technical information in such a way that it is easily followed. But I would have liked to have seen a digression from the Robert Langdon stories. It almost seems to me that Brown is writing his books with the hope of them being turned into a movie from the first words. Also, the narrator in this story was not the best. Every time he pronounced NASA as Nassau or nasah, it made me cringe. Also, I could hear him making sounds between pauses that were, shall we say, unpleasant? Something akin to wetting his lips. Also, he made little, if any, effort to give different characters different voices. Probably the only bad narration I have heard on Audible. Other than that, it was a fun story, cliffhangers galore, kept one sitting on the edge of one's seat or wherever, constantly engrossed. I freely admit I didn't want to turn it off until I listened to it almost straight through. Brown does a great job of engaging the reader/listener, and this book is no exception. Also, much better ending than Angels and Demons, so if you didn't like that, give this one a try. This will appeal to the techies and the reader who enjoys science and politics.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Apex, NC, United States 07-03-06
    Natalie Apex, NC, United States 07-03-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good book, bad narrator"

    Book was good light entertainment. Story moved well. Typically unbelievable, but not abnormally so. Narrator sounded like he was always out of breath and at every break there was a lot of what sounds like lip smacking. It was pretty annoying. I will avoid books he does in the future.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suyenti LAKE VILLA, IL, USA 05-10-05
    Suyenti LAKE VILLA, IL, USA 05-10-05
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    "Terrible Narrator"

    This is probably the worst book by Dan Brown. The story is slow and messy. To further the pain, I can hear all the noises made by the narrator. The swallowing of the saliva, paper rustling, and the mike bumping. I downloaded the best quality by the way. It's definitely a turn off. Maybe I am biased to the story since I can't seem to ignore the stupid noises the narrator made.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Allentown, PA, USA 06-17-04
    Marie Allentown, PA, USA 06-17-04
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    "THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!"

    I am a huge fan of both science and art and this book is at least as good as "DaVinci Code" if not better!

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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  • John
    tamworth, staffordshire, United Kingdom
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    "Richard Poe - Please stop swallowing so loud! :)"

    I was probably spoiled by the Davinci code which was an amazing introduction to Dan Brown and I'd bought this after all the big reviews I read about this title, and Im sorry DB fans but for me this was a big let down, true it does have some exciting moments and some interesting insights, but these are few and far between in a audio book of 16+ hours, to be honest after 7 hours it was becoming a real chore to get through, I've only got 2 hours left to go and I honestly cant wait for it to end (I feel like now I've put so much effort in I have to see it through to the end as some sort of weird accomplishment) , so I can start on something new- shame really.

    However THE most horrible thing about this book is that once every 10 15 minutes the narrator does a horrible long, loud, saliva filled swallowing noise which (especially if you've got headphones on) is VERY off putting and makes me forget the next minutes as I get over the noise :) :) :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joanne
    Tywyn, United Kingdom
    6/6/09
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    "Length"

    This book is a great story but way too long and too wordy. Choose if you wish to listen to descriptive content for hours!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    UK
    6/29/07
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    "Enjoyable listening"

    Good old Dan Brown. Exciting and fast-paced. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Inverness, United Kingdom
    3/29/16
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    "At what point"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    there are so many turns in this book you begin to wonder who is the good person here. not to give any thing away but really cliff edge hanging at times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deception Point: A Novel?

    on the ice hanging before being set a drift.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    he was well into the story telling and charatures


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh as you got to know what was happening


    Any additional comments?

    is there a squeal?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr anthony gallagher
    stockport, cheshire United Kingdom
    3/5/16
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    "Loved this book!"

    This story changed my life for the period of time that I was reading it. I'd look forward to commuting so that I could get a fix of the next chapter. Very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/17/16
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    "Some mistakes. "

    Excellent story but for the following :
    I found that Dan does not understand the physics of deep sea diving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    7/28/15
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    "Excellent"

    Great story. Lots of twists and always leaves you questioning the details. Are they real or just fiction !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon jeffrey
    5/12/15
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    "exciting"

    Gripping in parts, had me on the edge of my site.
    well read and very enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Attenborough, United Kingdom
    2/17/15
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    "Forget Fortitude, this is better!"
    What did you like most about Deception Point: A Novel?

    A typical Dan Brown novel, glamous but bright woman meets dashing hero with complicated backstory. Deception, politics and murder around every corner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deception Point: A Novel?

    The helecopter attack- get out of that one!


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favourite?

    The President- a dead ringer for Morgan Freeman!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Truth is under the Ice.


    Any additional comments?

    A book worthy of further promotion given the interest and heavy marketing of Fortitude at the moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james
    2/13/15
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    "Good"

    Good story good characters I found the Delta forces weapons a bit far-fetched nonetheless it was a good story .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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