©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)
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.
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...
As usual, reviews of Audible books are broken into two categories…the writing, and the narration. First the narration. Excellent. In my opinion, the best narrators are the ones that are so seamless that you don’t even notice them and can immerse yourself in the book, and Paul Michael is like that.
Now the book: Dan Brown makes, in my opinion, two large mistakes in this book (large enough where they break through the suspension of disbelief). First he writes a “brilliant” person, and then makes her the dumbest person in the room. She continually has to have things explained to her, often in a painstakingly step-by-step manner. I’m talking about things so simple and obvious that even this reader has figured them out.
The second big mistake is that if the government made some crypto device so wonderful as to be able to break any codes, the very first thing they would do is build another one….no matter how much it costs (oh, and he keeps referring to the 2 Billion dollar price take like it is some huge price tag).
That all being said, I think this book warrants at least a couple of stars. The romance portion of the book was well done. One extra star for the excellent narration.
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