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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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    Mark Allen, TX, USA 09-01-05
    Mark Allen, TX, USA 09-01-05
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    "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"

    I think some people are just too hard to please. I really enjoyed DaVinci Code because of the fast-paced suspense and the subject matter. I enjoyed this book for the same reason - maybe more because of the technology topic. I have listened to over 70 audio books and this is one of the most enjoyable I have heard -- It was difficult to put down. Sure, the heros get lucky a bunch through fortuitous events-- but what's a thriller without them -- Think James Bond movies.

    The narrator sounds were sometimes noticeable, but not to the extent that it bothered me. I probably would not have thought about them had others not made a big deal of them.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Plymouth, MN, USA 07-22-05
    Eric Plymouth, MN, USA 07-22-05
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    "Good story, great narrator, bad recording"

    I enjoyed the story though it was a bit slow to get started (unlike Angels and Daemons and DaVinci). I got exasperated at the too frequent use of teasers in the beginning, after a while "... and then what she saw was amazing [end of chapter]" and "... he couldn't believe his eyes. [end of chapter]" got annoying rather than building more suspense. It felt like he spent the whole first half of the book making filler with teasers thrown on top for a little flavor.

    One it got rolling it was a good ride though, the ending was somewhat surprising if you tried to forget the style of his other books and realize the misdirections along the way were there to make an unexpected finish. Overall quite enjoyable.

    The narrator is exellent and was well directed, he gives great life to the characters, locations and events.

    The recording was horrible, it sounded like they installed the mic inside the narrators mouth. The sounds of him breathing and swallowing were frequently distacting and downright disgusting at times.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Vacaville, CA, USA 01-25-05
    Renee Vacaville, CA, USA 01-25-05
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    "A good one for Brown"

    Excellent mystery (clue solving novel). Dan Brown again gives us a facinating story to follow along with some real bad guys. It will probably not be difficult for readers to determine the how, but the who and why keep you guessing.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James R. Davis Savannah, GA USA 06-29-04
    James R. Davis Savannah, GA USA 06-29-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Fantastic!"

    Dan Brown has another hit on his hands. My fiancee and I had a long drive over the weekend and couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear this book. I have listened to 5 books a month for the past 4 years and this book ranks in the top 5. The reader is also very skillful and easy to listen to. If you have a long trip to take somewhere, this is the book to take.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 03-06-09
    Jeffrey Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 03-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Worth checking out!"

    In an attempt to get a feel for Dan Brown's other work I checked this out and enjoyed it. It had suspense and a mild political theme while incorporating science and exploration. His characters were interesting and the back and forth of the story kept me wanting more throughout the book. I recommend this to those who want a good read/listen and who have an interest in science, discovery, suspense, and want some excitement.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 11-15-07
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 11-15-07 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Good book, great audio"

    This book was good but the reading was very easy to follow. I braided a rug and knitted during this audio and got so caught up in the plot I had to redo some areas of my rug and knitting which did not follow the pattern! The narrator does a fine job. I believe I enjoyed the audio more than the book due to the narration. I would recommend to anyone. Just don't try to knit a complicated pattern during the audio!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 03-14-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 03-14-09
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    "Fantastic read"

    The book hits you with a bang, then leads you into this labarynth of intrigue, espionage and murder!

    You think you know who's behind this whole thing then BANG! the twist - very well written, I thouroughly enjoyed listening to the book.

    The narrator was fantastic, he "completes" the book!

    Truly worth the download

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shaddi Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 07-04-05
    Shaddi Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 07-04-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Narrator!"

    Richard Poe is an incredible narrator. Fast-paced and fun to listen to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Dwight, IL, USA 01-08-05
    Robert Dwight, IL, USA 01-08-05
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    "Edge of your seat thriller..."

    I listen to audio books while commuting back and forth to work. The first half of book was good - I like Dan Brown's style of writing - the second half of the book had me white knuckled, talking to the characters - yelling to the characters - and looking forward to my next commute.... Take me away Calgon.... Digital Fortess is next despite negative reviews. I listened to Deception Point despite negative reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Give it a try.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Gig Harbor, WA, USA 01-09-09
    Richard Gig Harbor, WA, USA 01-09-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book..Terible Narration"

    This is a great book (just read any of the other reviews.) My biggest problem is that you can hear Richard Poe salivating and licking his lips as he is talking the whole time. This book has THE most poor sound isolation I have ever heard in an audio book. Poe needs to get himself and the reader a towel when it is over.

    8 of 9 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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