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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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    Trent Farmington, MN, USA 11-04-04
    Trent Farmington, MN, USA 11-04-04
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    "Typical Dan Brown"

    This guy has wonderful plots - I really wish he were a better author. You could make a drinking game out of every time one of the characters "stops short" in this book. Be careful though, because you'll pass out in the first hour.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 08-16-04
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 08-16-04 Member Since 2011
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    "Accurate to reality... no. Entertaining, yes."

    I agree with one of the reviews that spoke of inaccuracies in how the NSA probably works in reality. Yet, I found it fun - a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DH 07-27-04
    DH 07-27-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Dan is on a Roll"

    From this book began a string of books that lay the foundation of sequels and masterful writings that I have ever read by this gentle soul! This book cannot be explained - it must be listen to as the reader is soo good! Danger, intrigue, love, sex and deception - all in a book! It is amazing what the pen can do!

    I loved this book and Dan once again is a master of the written word! A must read - even better when it is listened to! A most exciting and delicious book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clive WarwickUnited Kingdom 07-27-04
    Clive WarwickUnited Kingdom 07-27-04
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    "Digital Failure"

    I had high hopes for Dan Brown's latest, Digital Fortress. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The plot, while twisty, was paper thin, depending largely on a chain of coincidences that seemed more strained as each one came along. The characters were dangerously close to caricatures, starring a beautiful and heroine with glasses and an IQ of 170, and a rugged university professor over whom the sophomores swooned. And let's not even get into the whole basis of the plot, the cryptography and code cracking. When I was 12, I read a book called "Codes and Secret Writing", and having read that, 30 years ago, I knew more about cryptography than Dan Brown seemed to know. I know that uncrackable codes, computer viruses, and internet hacking are the stuff of modern myths and Hollywood distortions, but really, Mr Brown didn't even get the basics right, and for me, that just added to the annoyance.

    To give the plot credit, I did listen all the way through, even when the heroine (with the IQ of 170) seemed unable to solve a riddle that wouldn't have stopped my kids for more than 3 minutes, and when the Hollywood hero improbably completed his mission and saved the day. So I gave it 2 stars for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    07-26-04
    07-26-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Unbelievable"

    I have worked in Computer Network Security for 8 years. The inaccuracies in this book are staggering. If this gaggle of idiots really ran the NSA we would be in deep trouble. There are flaws in every aspect of this fictional computer network. I would list them here, but won't, for fear of ruining someone's listening to this book.

    I am certain that if the author had consulted a real IT security specialist this book would rate 4 or 5 stars. I loved the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Mr. Brown dropped the ball on this one. It is well written and technically inaccurate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harish Punta Gorda, FL, USA 07-21-04
    Harish Punta Gorda, FL, USA 07-21-04
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    "Keeps you on the edge of your seat"

    This audiobook is very immersing and, as the title says, the last few hours will keep you on the edge of your seat. Since the entire book occurs during only a few hours, you realize that you have to finish this book soon (I'd say a couple of days, no more than a week).

    However, there is one flaw, and that is with Dan Brown's writing style. This book is his first, and it shows. There are unnecessary allusions to sex spread throughout. His style is immersive, but the adolescence is unmistakable. Glad to see he's grown as a writer in his later books.

    Paul Michael does a fantastic job narrating this book, as he does with all others. Every character's voice is instantly recognizable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Asheville, NC, USA 06-28-04
    Elizabeth Asheville, NC, USA 06-28-04
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    "A Good Read...Kept me in my car"

    I was very glad I bought this one. I love Dan Brown and he was in great form woth this novel. A twist at the end, and worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Cammarata CA, United States 11-08-07
    Aaron Cammarata CA, United States 11-08-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Ugh."

    Awful.

    If you've ever seen a computer before, you know more than Mr. Brown, apparently.

    Sorry. No good.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Johannesburg, South Africa 02-06-13
    Marc Johannesburg, South Africa 02-06-13 Member Since 2010

    40-something liberal but gun-lovin' atheist South African who enjoys zombie novels and just about anything not written by Dan Browne.

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    "Predictable"

    I'm afraid that this book is the same as all books that I've read by Dan Brown. The book is written for the dumbed down masses, and assumes that the reader has hardly ever read anything before, has virtually no general knowledge, and won't see through the flimsiest of plots.

    This book is, to literature, what Ryan Seacrest is to music, or what Paris Hilton is to feminism.

    It's not a "bad" story per se, but it lacks imagination and is highly predictable. The performance however, is very good indeed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart MIAMI, FL, USA 09-19-04
    Stuart MIAMI, FL, USA 09-19-04
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    "Digital Fortress"

    The Concept was good but poorly written and worse narration.
    Don't waste your time

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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