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Deception Point | [Dan Brown]

Deception Point

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.

©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of 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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    G. Cernicky PA 12-07-03
    G. Cernicky PA 12-07-03

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    "great stuff"

    It doesn't matter if you are a scientist, mathemetician or a NASA expert, this book is grest stuff. The plot thickens with every twist and turn at each venue. I like the way , the author changes venues every chapter and keeps us in suspense. This book is a non-putdownable and I finished it in one sitting. This makes it a winner when you can't even wait to see whats coming next.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Harish Punta Gorda, FL, USA 06-14-04
    Harish Punta Gorda, FL, USA 06-14-04
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent story with great narration. Could not stop listening. Dan Brown has a gift for creating immersing stories, and this book does not let down. However, about three or four times the volume dipped and twice there is a 15-30 second break between narration. The abridged version gets the story done, but I would suggest going with the unabridged for 2 reasons: (1) The volume dips and long breaks can take you away from the story, and (2) The story is so good you will want to hear every detail that isn't included in this version.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Dallas, TX, USA 03-25-04
    Ken Dallas, TX, USA 03-25-04
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    "Get this book!"

    I've read (listened to) three other books by Dan Brown ("Digital Fortress", "Angels and Demons", and "The Da Vinci Code") and have enjoyed them all. "Deception Point" is no exception!

    In typical Dan Brown style, he uses science to make things believable and interesting. This story is faced-paced and has several sub-plots working together until they come to a very satisfying end.

    The identity of the villain (or "Controller") will surprise you, and the ending is so poetic. Just when you think the heroes are doomed to meet their end, Dan writes up something that helps them get away from the bad guys in one piece, and does it in a way that doesn't cause you to say, "Oh, come on!"

    The narrator is outstanding, by the way. His deep, rich voice comes across clearly, keeps things moving, and doesn't get in the way like other books I've listened to. If I saw another book that he narrated, I probably get it just because of that fact.

    This is a good read. Get this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Francis Neal III Atlanta, GA USA 01-21-04
    Thomas Francis Neal III Atlanta, GA USA 01-21-04 Member Since 2002

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    "Don't waste your time with this abridgment"

    The abridgment (like most I find) cuts out all but the central plot line removing all the detial and nuance that make this book like The Da Vinci Code thrilling and interesting.

    Hold out and maybe they will give us an unabridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Minneapolis, MN, USA 12-19-03
    Tom Minneapolis, MN, USA 12-19-03
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    "Great Story, Told So So"

    This story is packed with adventure and intrigue, but not told as well as it could have been. The Protector by David Morrell is a similar type story told EXTREMELY well. I don't know how badly the abridgement affected the writing. Who knows, it may have IMPROVED it!


    Still worth reading.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-03-04
    Lynda Tallahassee, FL, United States 01-03-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Needs to be unabridged"

    The plot was dumb and thin. Being rescued by a submarine from an iceberg is insane! Mabye it would be more believable if it was not abridged.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James T. Jenkins Rio Rancho, NM US 08-29-07
    James T. Jenkins Rio Rancho, NM US 08-29-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Listen!"

    This is another one of Brown's hits. I enjoyed it immensely because of the narrator's reading talent and the suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 02-18-05
    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 02-18-05 Member Since 2001
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    "One the edge of my seat from the begining!!!!"

    WOW I haven't listened to Dan Brown in a while. Excellent plausible plot. You can really see the possibility of the story line.I didn't want to get out of my car!Rarely do I rate titles but when this book ended I knew I had to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Newcastle, WA, United States 05-04-10
    Matthew Newcastle, WA, United States 05-04-10
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    "Least likely Dan Brown's story to become a moive"

    The backdrop of the story is relatively current and the audio recording is terrific. Unfortunately, the plot is predictable and lack the surprise twists that readers expect from Dan Brown.

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    Brent Englewood, CO, USA 01-01-06
    Brent Englewood, CO, USA 01-01-06
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    "Palm device problems here"

    Please be aware that the abridged version of this book will not play on a Palm device - it crashes the device after approximately 10 minutes. Audible tech support has verified that this is a problem on Palm devices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jill
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    "How to do six impossible things before lunch"

    Suspend all belief - a real roller coast ride - and I still haven't worked out how some of the escapes were made!! Definitely one for the long long haul - perhaps Australia and back twice. Enjoy it and don't try and believe any of it - except perhaps the politics!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fenlander Software
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    8/24/07
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    "Great book , but ..."

    This is a great book , a real rollercoaster story that is
    gripping to the end.
    However it is let down by the narrator.
    He 'lisps' a little on each word begining with 'S' which can
    get annoying on long listens and even pronounces words incorrectly in a couple of places (livened for example).
    Overall despite his best efforts he does not ruin a cracking story.

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