©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)
I liked Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons; this work was not nearly as good.
One of the things I liked about the other series is the assortment of trivia that permeates the story. I didn?t find the factoids about cryptology or the NSA conspiracy theories as compelling. This, however, is a minor flaw.
The big problem with this book is that I found it sooooooo predictable. Within the first 2-3 hours of the book, I had figured out the mastermind/villain twist. Much worse was the ending, where the characters agonized over a code for 15 minutes that I had mostly deciphered upon hearing. It?s pretty unsatisfying to be that much smarter than the NSA cryptologists.
If you are a Dan Brown fan, it is worth a listen. I finished the book, which is much better than I can say for a few books that I have downloaded. On the other hand, I have listened to much better.
This is another of Dan's great works... suspense, thrill, moving, and an excellent progression thru the whole thing! Lots of technology, and a long climactic ending keep you drawn in thru the whole thing! Whether or not it's factual I don't know, but he writes like it is, and because off that, the story builds on its own foundations. I would love to read more stuff like this.
You can definately see that Dan Brown has improved his writing skills immensely from Digital Fortress to the Da Vinci Code. That being said, it's not like the guy was writing 6th grade papers when this was written.
It is a well thought out and entertaining story containing just enough information for you to care about the main characters but not get bogged down with their personal histories. The story welds these histories with a proper amount of action to keep you listening. Dan Brown is a master of leaving those end of chapter Cliff hangers that keep you in your car out in the parking lot wanting to see how a situation or problem will turn out.
Fast paced action
I loved all of the technical talk around the encryption used.
His voices are fantastic and he really draws you into the story
This book ranks among the best that I have listened to thus far. It has a creative storyline and most of all, it was read very well by the narrator. I didn't get lost or sleepy as can sometimes happen without good narrators.
My favourite character has got to be Susan Fletcher. I do have to admit that this is a biased choice as she is a very accomplished woman and holds a significant position in a highly secure organization. She holds many responsibilities but most of all she is well respected by men in the organization. She is someone that I respect and commend being a woman who is also accomplished and can relate to her with respect to the characteristics revealed.
He read the book with great enthusiasm and interest. I could hear it in his voice. This brought out all of the suspense and drama into the arena of performance rather than just feeling as though he was reading it because he had to.
There had to be many moments but the end brought me great relief. After all of the events that brought the blood pressure up and the heart racing, it was nice to relax and hear the end worked out in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, and informative and educational as well.
Although the book was written in 1998, it still held its modern relevance within 2011 when I listened to it.
Audible had a deal on this title and I was curious to see if Brown's writing was worth the incredible hype surrounding him so I gave it a try.
As for the style of Brown's prose: it's entirely adequate, but nothing exceptional or even distinctive.
As for plot: Riveting, but far from believable. Plenty of deus ex machina and unlikely coincidences balance stupid decisions made by the characters. I'll give him credit for making all parties equally fallible yet insanely lucky.
The climax was hard to listen to, not because it's very tense (which it is) but because the tension is for the wrong reason. They need a code and have a clue to finding it. I don't have a background in science or history, but the minute I heard the clue the answer is instantly (and blindingly) obvious. Yet we're supposed to believe that a brilliant cryptographer, a genius software coder, the Director of the NSA, and a room full of others take nearly 15 MINUTES to figure it out?
It's paced well and makes you want to see what happens next, but as with so many other thrillers the cookie-cutter writing and characters like the supermodel cryptographer and the action hero linguistics professor make it seem like an otherwise good book dumbed down for the best-seller market.
I have only read up to chapter 23 and so far am thrilled with what i have heard so far. This novel is both entertaining and educational!
Would be aspiring hackers can learn a lot of technics just by following the fast paced twists and turns of the drama.
Cant wait to get to the ending of the novel!
This book was a very edgy book, I completely enjoyed it. It's a recommend read, it's very thought provoking.
There are 3 plots all taking place at the same time. They develop quickly and two of the three have numerous twists and turns. You are kept in suspense to the very end. Enjoyable, hard to put down
"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!
"avoid if you know anything about cryptography"
if if weren't for Dan Brown's attempts at technical details it would be quite a good story. in fact the amusingly incorrect babble about cryptography and security aren't really needed to tell the story but if you know even a little about either the errors are huge and jarring.
"Not his best"
I like the pace of Dan Browns books but I did feel that this story line was not as good as his others.
It still kept me entertained but was a bit predictable.
Very easy to listen to and finished with no problwm . The book was brilliantly written and performed greatly. Dan Brown is a fantastic author and would highly recommend his work to everyone.
"Enjoyed the story, wasn't the best but easy"
easy to listen to. mix between predictable and shocking but overall i enjoyed it :)
"Worst Dan Brown"
Dan took what could have been a promising storyline and turned it into an implausible ridiculous yarn. Utter rubbish.
Did listen to entire story and it became more ridiculous all the way through.
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