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

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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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.

    2 of 2 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.


    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 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary S 01-09-06
    Mary S 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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    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 24 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 2014

    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 Listener 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 07-31-13
    Dennis 07-31-13 Listener 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 07-03-13
    Jenni 07-03-13
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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.


    1 of 1 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.

    16 of 16 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.

    4 of 4 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
  • 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 or Jenna
    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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