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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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    Kim 08-10-08
    Kim 08-10-08
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    "Love this book"

    This was so much fun to listen to. Don't start unless you can keep going. It will drive you crazy if you have to stop and start. I couldn't stop till the story ended and wished there was more. It was really good narration too. You won't be disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Rio Rancho, NM, USA 08-29-07
    James Rio Rancho, NM, USA 08-29-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Up to Par"

    I enjoyed this more than most because of the realism that is portrayed. The reader brought the text to life. It is an exciting story that keeps one on the edge of his/her seat.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Nashville, TN, USA 07-28-07
    John Nashville, TN, USA 07-28-07
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    "Like a first novel."

    I'm so glad Dan Brown got this novel out of his system and learned what he needed to learn before he wrote the "good books" (i.e. Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code). There were so many dumb scenes amid what was a perfectly laid out plot that I wished iTunes had a fast forward button that would let me skip certain scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Solomon Great Neck, NY USA 06-22-07
    Robert Solomon Great Neck, NY USA 06-22-07 Member Since 2015

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    "Mixed bag"

    I had trouble with the main premise of this book. Without spoiling it, Mr. Brown fails to distinguish basic computing principles when he constructed the central premise. This left me flat. Just as he did in "Angels And Demons," Mr. Brown stretches credulity too much for me to really enjoy this book. So far, he is a one hit wonder.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Abhishek South MelbourneAustralia 06-08-07
    Abhishek South MelbourneAustralia 06-08-07
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    "A good listen"

    Another great piece of work by Dan Brown. The book has been well read which makes it all the more enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Colorado Springs, CO, USA 05-23-07
    David Colorado Springs, CO, USA 05-23-07
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    "Vintage"

    This is a pre-DaVinci Code novel, by Dan Brown, which centers around a deadly virus which has infected the National Security Agency's Data bank, and thier code breaking behemoth 'T.R.A.N.S.L.A.T.O.R.' His main character, Susan Fletcher, is the head cryptographer for the NSA, and is called in on a Saturday by her boss, The Deputy Director of the NSA, Trevor Strathmore. Turns out that Strathmore ran a computer algorithem, in an attempt to see if their decrypter, TRANSLATOR, could decipher it. The algorithem was called Digital Fortress, and problem is that this algorithem has a purpose, which is to destroy the protective filters guarding the NSA Databank. Strathmore relies on Susan to find the identity of a mystery man, who has the key to stop the coming disaster. This is vintage Brown! Like his other books, Digital Fortress takes place in the course of a 24 hour period. There is a Dan Brown guarantee which insures the reader that the NSA does exsist. There is an assassin (Hulahot), a love interest (David Becker), suprise heroes and villians to spare, and the fast paced action that Brown fans have come to expect. This is a must read for fans of Dan Brown, or if you are in the mood for a fast paced thriller!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Skip this book"

    If you know anything about computers, even common sense stuff, you'll laugh at Dan Brown's attempt to describe and use technology in the main plot for this story. It was so ridiculous at times that it made me want to stop listening.
    I found the story line somewhat mediocre and not nearly as interesting as some of his other books.

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    Michael Paul 08-18-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Dan Brown's worst"

    The story was totally unbelievable. I have listened to and loved the other Dan Brown books from Audible (i.e. Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and Deception Point). In Digital Fortress, however, I found Brown’s ignorance of computer science, cryptography and mathematics to be distracting. Since these items were intrinsic to the story line, the story did no make any sense. I am talking about more than just a few mistakes. The plot was a joke.

    The narration by Paul Michael was excellent. Dan Brown writes with a great flow. The book may be worth reading if you can forget anything you know about math and physics while you read it or can embrace ignorance.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchel Rock Hill, SC, USA 08-13-06
    Mitchel Rock Hill, SC, USA 08-13-06
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    "Digital Fortress (Unabridged)"

    Wow -it was really hard to listen to this one. I loved the Davinci Code and liked Angels & Demons but Digital Fortess was just bad. Too many boring technical details and I wished Dan Brown would stop repeating the same point over and over and over. This book really need to be trimmed down. I have never had to fast forward on a book before until this one. Definitely try the abridged verson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 04-21-06
    Thomas 04-21-06
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    "Not for the technically knowledgable"

    The publisher says "In this fast-paced, ***plausible*** tale..." Well hardly! The plot is so rife with technical errors and inaccuracies about cryptography and computer systems that it's painful to listen to. You can't stay focused on the story, because just when you've managed to forget about the last glaring error, another is introduced. Dan Brown clearly didn't consult with any experts for this story. He confuses bits with bytes, doesn't understand how e-mail works nor what computer viruses do, and on and on. I never made it to the end of the book, and that's a first for me with one of Audible's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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