©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)
This book is silly, unrealistic, and really bad dialogue. Several times while listening I couldn't take the ridiculous dialoge and plot -- and had to turn it off! (I never do that with good audio books!) Do yourself a favor and choose a different title.
(As I was listening, I was trying hard to give Dan Brown the benefit of the doubt about how silly and completely unrealistic the technical jargon and computer info was... I thought this book must have been written in the mid 1980's. As it turns out it was written in 1998. Ugh! It's really really stupid!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
47 is the real answer
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.
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.
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.
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