©1998 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"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)
Only if they have actually liked the other Dan Brown books and ONLY THEN if they like to be able to predict the who done it etc.
He could have written a different story. Hes got one story and just rewrites it over and over again. I "like" the story but after a while its just boring and you know how its all going to go. You would have to be a pretty immature reader to not know whats coming... With all the language and GD being thrown around I wouldnt recommend a young reader actually reading it though.
I didnt read the actually book, just listen to the story. I really cant add anything here.
Read different authors.
Story wise, I like Dan Brown. I enjoy the way he lays out his stories and all. But they are all the same. I would like him to branch out and try something new. Of course that which put him on the map has got to be a hard thing to let go.
This book is appropriate for young teens at best, though I suspect they would find the material too dry.
Yes -- I quite enjoyed Deception Point, The DaVinci Code, and Angels and Demons.
I can't believe this was written AFTER Deception Point -- this seems like a regression in style and content.
Rather than go on in gross detail about the ridiculous plot twists, improbable instances of luck, or the contrived ending, I'll give a single example of the tediously spoon-fed puzzle pieces:
The author though it was necessary to pause during the climactic conclusion in order to explain what *prime numbers* are to the reader.
Sorry, if you've finished 5th grade, you shouldn't need a review of that particular lesson of arithmetic.
Author of Five (Maor Series)
One of my favorite books ever!
I love the way Dan Brown adds his personal touch of theology that gets you thinking and how he keeps the plot racing!
I've thoroughly enjoyed several of Dan Brown's other books, and maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened to this one, but I hated it. I found it horribly cliche and predictable and couldn't bring myself to keep listening. Maybe if I'd made it to the second download it would've turned around.
He was able to clearly distinguish the multiple characters in the book. Moreover, his english was very clear and easy to understand (english is not my mother language)
I've loved all other books by Dan Brown, but clearly in this one, being his first, he was still polishing his style.
It's possible to notice a few of the characteristics that made his other books so good, however, what I disliked about the plot was it's predictability.
In a nutshell, I didn't find myself looking forward to listening to the next chapter.
Written intelligently. Not a predictable story
Kind of reads like a Grisham
We listened to it on a long road trip. Helped the time pass quickly
We'll probably listen to it again in a couple years.
No, I won't be reading, er listening to any more Dan Brown.
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons so I was hopeful this would be as thrilling! *Yawn* - it was awful, I waiting for it to get exciting, after 3/4 of the way thru... I decided that I would just finish what I started. Narrator is excellent.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
To be fair, light and interesting and if you like DB this is up to his mark. The twists and turns are not as sharp as they might be making the ride a little predictable. But as a story teller he is always good value provided you like to be entertained and do not take the world too seriously.
I, ultimately, enjoyed this book and its story but I found two other aspects frustrating.
First, the technical details are terrible. It's as if a technology thesaurus was used to pick different terms and apply them in the wrong ways. As someone who is a software developer, I found the technical details simply frustrating but I did my best to ignore them.
Secondly, as mentioned in other reviews, the last hour of the book made me actually yell at my car stereo. The characters, while seemingly brilliant in most of the book, became complete idiots. The author spent 30 minutes trying to decipher a simple sentence that anyone who has taken high school chemistry could have figured out (you don't even need to remember that class!).
So, overall, the story was good but the terrible technical details and the ending with the simple characters kept me from giving this higher than 3 stars.
If you know nothing about how computers work AND you know nothing about Cryptograph you may enjoy this book. Dan Brown apparently belongs to that group of people, because he obviously knows little about the subject of his own book.
I don't know how this book is rated at 4 stars, when so many people have written 1 star reviews, and believe me, as someone who was writing cyphers back in the 60's and has worked with computers since the mid 70's, the 1 star ratings are correct.
If Dan Brown DUMMED-DOWN or simplified the subject for his readers then he went waaay too far.
TRANSLATOR, his $3 billion super computer, simply tries every password possible until it detects clear text in the message. This could be beaten simply by re-encryping an already encrypted message. TRANSLATOR would never decode such a message.
This book is so, so, incorrect, that I wonder if the real NSA didn't commission him to spread disinformation about their real abilities. Just a thought.
"Bad Science Bad Writing Bad Book"
But well read the two stars ar eentirely for the naration if the reader had been less skilled I'd have given up. If I'd been trying to read it I'd probably have burned the book and given thought to burning Dan brown as well.
So what's so bad.
It starts okay, the characters are cliches genius linguist in the Indiana Jones mold (yes I know he was an archeologist) meets genius cryptographer that looks like she stepped off a catwalk (Jessica Alba would probably play her in the movie she's very smart but never uses those brains for anything.)
Any way they hook up and fall in love then get involved with a secret government project to secretly decript everyones e-mails. (this isn't really a spoiler you get this much on the back cover)
Okay so the action moves on for reasons tha tonly become apparently late on and don't really work the hero is sent to France to get hold of a mcguffin. Meanwhile the gf is set to do clever things with computers in an I.T. section where RSI is the least of her worries.
Okay so the plots bad and cliche, the characters aren't even cardboard they're paper thin and the environment are'ne hugely exciting even a cool IT suite is still a set of desks with a pc on the top.
Coincidence piles on coincidence on a large wobbly stack that is neither structurally sound or that interesting to watch being built.
Supposedly clever people act stupidly and miss things even the reader (who''s meant to be a lot less bright than these guys) has figured out and then the hero well meaing untrained amatuer that he is points out of all the things in this book this constant making everyone dumb so the hero seems start is the most irritating.
For the author and the book no stars for the reader 2 stars for heroic efforts at turd polishing.
"A good read for geek thrill seekers."
I enjoyed the concept of book, although a plot line was a touch predictable. I would have like to have seen a little character building.
None the less I found I really enjoyed it.
This book is laughably bad!
From the corny hero decription 'seven foot tall with a rugged jaw and stealy blue eyes' etc, you know the kind of cliche drival at the start of the book, to the assassin who goes around killing characters for absolutely no reason midway, finally to the ridiculous end - five letter password - the baddy who's in love with Susan the heroin - can you guess the password?
"Great narration, top notch story."
It's Dan Brown, what did you expect?
The narrator is the best I've heard so far.
"Not as good a story as his others"
Bought this off the back of his other books like the lost symbol, inferno and if course the davinci code. Found this one to be too drawn out, especially the ending, seemed to go on for ever, without any real value to the story which was a shame as this was the thing I ended up taking away from it. Disappointed
"Thrilling from start to finish"
A legendary story by Dan Brown. Keeps you gripped with the awesome plot lines and very intriguing characters. Loved it!
"Trashy, yet enjoyable"
I was shocked that, in a great departure from his later work, not everything was what it seemed in this Dan Brown novel! We know what to expect of the man at this point. There was a few painful literary cliches, a mystery that you can't solve unless you have an advanced degree in the relevant subject and everyone took themselves just a bit too seriously. As long as you're not expecting to have your world rocked, it's good fun and extremely easy listening!
"Another brilliant book by Dan Brown!"
intrigue right to the end, didn't miss Robert Langdon after the first chapter. Absolutely brilliant!
"Not his best - enjoyable but some irritatations"
Yes, I wanted to come back to find out who was behind what, the characters were mostly likeable.
There were way too many technical faux-pas for me - unbreakable cyphers, uncrackable text-messages, much of the tech was just a bit too twee. And [SPOILER ALERT] a secure facility where the door won't open if it's generator goes off ? really, please...
the reading was good overall.
Please no, some of DB's other novels have been more enjoyable.
"Good but Dan Browns worst!"
....well it's not trendy to admit liking Dan Brown (or anyone who's had massive success), but I love his books. That admitted, this is probably my least favourite of his excellent thrillers. Well worth getting, but check out all the others first!
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