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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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    Jenny brooklyn, NY, United States 07-26-13
    Jenny brooklyn, NY, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2010
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 09-04-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 09-04-10 Member Since 2009

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary S Temecula, CA, USA 01-09-06
    Mary S Temecula, CA, USA 01-09-06 Member Since 2005
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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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    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!

    17 of 23 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 2007

    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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    Ian Coltman 01-17-14
    Ian Coltman 01-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "My first Dan Brown"

    I really enjoyed this book. There were times when I was finding excuses to go on extended drives in the car so that I could finish a chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 07-31-13
    Dennis Seattle, WA, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "Great Story!!!"

    Very suspenseful! Particularly in the last part of the STORY!!

    I would have to say the long details, at times, was a bit TO MUCH!

    WELL WORTH THE LISTENING!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni Erina Heights, Australia 07-03-13
    Jenni Erina Heights, Australia 07-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I couldn't bear the saliva noises of the reader"
    What didn’t you like about Richard Poe’s performance?

    Richard Poe is an excellent reader but he has some unfortunate mouth noises that sound like crackling lolly paper. It is really distracting and I honestly couldn't bear the expectation of hearing it one more time or imagining what could possibly be making the sound.


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    Brandon Clinton, MS, United States 07-02-13
    Brandon Clinton, MS, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Gross"
    What didn’t you like about Richard Poe’s performance?

    I have to agree with all the other reviewers... The sound of Poe's lips and tongue and saliva are distracting and disgusting. Still a good listen, but come on people, learn how to produce cleaner audio.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • John
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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
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    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
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    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    6/1/14
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    "Started really well-pity about part two"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, in general it was a quite an intriguing political thriller especially part one which outlines what is an unusual plot. Some good and grimy political wheeling, dealing and plotting around the USA's presidential elections and NASA. .Not heavy on characterisations this novel so it's hard to build a degree of real empathy with any of them.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I am interested in space exploration and the work of NASA so this element of the book was appealing.Throughout Part One the build-up to actually understanding what is 'going on' is really very well done and I just couldn't stop listening- SO intriguing.

    Least interesting was the huge amount of technical information that just became over-whelming and for me, turned into a distraction and then an obstacle to enjoyment of the ending.


    What three words best describe Richard Poe’s performance?


    Hard-hitting, clear, concise delivery.


    Could you see Deception Point being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Possibly yes it would make the transition as it has all of the essential modern-day movie attributes. such as political intrigue, corruption, murder and an explosive ending. They'd have to jettison all that technical data though.


    Any additional comments?

    Part Two was a let down for me. Just too much technical information!! Too many cliches as well and then it all got a bit trite which surprised me. This was my first Dan Brown novel and I know he does his research really thoroughly, so I took a chance on it. Great pity Part Two just lost it about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anoymous
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    4/18/13
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    "Thrilling!"

    Didn't even read the blurb so totally didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a few good twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kristaan
    LEIGH, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "You wont be disappointed"

    This is an excellent book, fast paced thriller involving NASA which has good character building. The story will keep you on the edge making you want to listen more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    WALTHAM ABBEY, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "love it"

    I love this book. Keeps you in its grip right to the end. Listening to it makes it even better. I just hope Mr Brown keeps on writing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Wimbledon, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "A brilliant read from Dan Brown - again!"

    This is my first audible Dan Brown listen. I have read his books in the past and wasn't sure how it would go in talking book format as the story jumps around a bit. However the narrator was brilliant (as was the story line as usual) and I was hooked from the very beginning to the last sentence. A fast paced story with just the right amount of character building and action, all while hinting at past historical events that made me want to find out more about the history of our and past civilisations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Sainte Colombe Sur Loing, France
    12/25/12
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    "This was my FIRST Audio book, and got me HOOKED."

    I had never downloaded any audio books before, but had a long journey coming up from my home in Burgundy, back to the UK to see family. I had read some Dan Browns, but not this one, so I bought it and stuck it on the ipod, ready for the trip. What a fabulous experience it was, I did not want to stop the car, and even on the ferry, we took the ipod with us , just so we could keep listening. The Plot(s) and characters are truly masterful, and Dan Brown's novel is so well narrated, by Richard Poe, that you just can't stop listening. A SUPERB tale that will leave you hanging on the cliff edge right to the last minute.A wonderful tale, right up there with the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crawf
    SALTCOATS, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "a must for conspiracy theorists"

    Conspiracy theorists will love this one. Brown poses the question of "how far is too far?" in the pursuit of political power. The story is set against the backdrop of discovery of extra terrestrial life in a meteor fragment and hints back to the NASA announcement in the Clinton administration. Brown keeps the action flowing at a breakneck pace and throws in a few surprises to keep the listener entertained to the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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