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Digital Fortress | [Dan Brown]

Digital Fortress

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.
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Publisher's Summary

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.

©1998 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In this fast-paced, plausible tale, Brown blurs the line between good and evil enough to delight patriots and paranoids alike." (Publishers Weekly)
"Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years....A chilling thrill a minute." (The Midwest Book Review)
"Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers." (Booklist)

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    Dave Spring, TX, USA 08-21-09
    Dave Spring, TX, USA 08-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Starts good, trails off to blah predictable..."

    The story starts fairly strong, good suspense. There's even a nice explainations of the basics of cryptography. However, the story fizzles out in the end, becoming very predictable, and offering few surprises.

    I won't compare this to Angels & Demons or the Davinci Code because they are, simply put, in a whole different class of story telling.

    I don't really regret buying the book, but it was a little disappointing.

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    Cathy Brea, CA, USA 08-01-09
    Cathy Brea, CA, USA 08-01-09
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    "The Story's okay... but don't buy this version"

    Get the abridged version of this book and you'll enjoy the story a lot more. He rambles on about a lot of useless info an attempt to build suspense (maybe) but instead makes the reader want to skip several pages (or fast forward the CD) until he gets to the point. The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons were much better written in this respect while Deception Point is just as wordy as this book. All are good stories though and worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Gloucester, ON, Canada 04-23-09
    Stephan Gloucester, ON, Canada 04-23-09
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    "Laden with clich?s"

    Although the general story might be good I could have done without the unending clich?s and character inconsistencies (such as a room full of geniuses that that talk out a simple problem that the reader instinctively solved 10 minutes ago). More than once I had the "Nah, it has to get better" thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael McDowallAustralia 01-11-09
    Michael McDowallAustralia 01-11-09
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    "No DaVinci Code"

    I just couldn't get into this book.
    Davinci Code and Angels and Demons are great books but this one fell short of my expectations after the other two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KathR 01-02-09
    KathR 01-02-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing."

    This is a "just like every other TV thriller". The most annoying thing was the heroine, who was supposed to be some kind of genius but consistently exhibited an IQ well below average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Gallegos Houston, TX USA 08-30-08
    R. Gallegos Houston, TX USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2013

    47 is the real answer

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    "Hard to stop reading"

    I am a Dan Brown fan and most of his books are the same. No, not the same in content, but the same in that they are hard to stop reading. If I could have, I would have read this one all the way through in one sitting. Real life tends to get in the way of such things however, so it took me about a week. Either because I know Dan's style of writing, or because I was reading with an open mind, I had a bit of an idea of who was who and who would do what, but that did not make the book any less interesting. What I liked most was how obvious the password was in the end, that is one thing which I did not guess.Susan was a good character and I liked the way she was described in both physical appearance and personality. Tankado was a great character as well, despite not being in the book very much, at least interactively. Highly recommended reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 07-21-06
    Michael Riverview, FL, USA 07-21-06
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    "Fun for computer lovers!"

    This was an interesting book given the topic of a super-secret code breaking computer. The characters had some interesting twists. This book does not have the depth or twists of other Dan Brown books, but the style is similar and will be enjoyed by Dan Brown fans.

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    Lily ConcordAustralia 07-02-06
    Lily ConcordAustralia 07-02-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Dated and predictable"

    I was disappointed after Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code. Digital Fortress was very dated (but I suppose IT related stories have this disadvantage). I also found it dragged so perhaps the unabridged version would be better. It did not help that the culprit was pretty predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ana venice, CA, USA 06-13-06
    Ana venice, CA, USA 06-13-06
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    "Same old ...but doesn't work"

    Same old .... but it doesn't work this time. I was very disappointed, after enjoying Dan Browns other books now it seems that they are all the same....but this one I just could not even finish....if you heard Deception Point and Angels and Demons ......you can skip this one.

    My favorite of Dan Brown's books was Angels and Demons .... and followed by The Da Vinci Code ..... the Deception point....

    It seems he found a "cookie cutter" and he is sticking to it. Save your points...

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    Jim Boca Raton, FL, USA 04-03-06
    Jim Boca Raton, FL, USA 04-03-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Yuk"

    Pedantic, Predictable, Wroght with inconsistencies and errors. Bad book read well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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