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Digital Fortress | [Dan Brown]

Digital Fortress

When the National Security Agency'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 would cripple U.S. intelligence.
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Publisher's Summary

When the National Security Agency'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 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 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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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    Melvin Fruitland, IA, USA 12-24-06
    Melvin Fruitland, IA, USA 12-24-06
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    "digital fortress"

    Another excellent book

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    Netra Lexington, MA, USA 09-26-06
    Netra Lexington, MA, USA 09-26-06
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    "ok! Not as good as the da vinci code"

    Entertaining but not as good as the da vinci code. Every sentence in this book is over dramatised. I like the flow and the pace of the book very much. Read it if you want to entertain yourself.

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    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 12-07-05
    Anthony waterboro, ME, USA 12-07-05
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    "does it ever end?"

    First let me say excellent reader!

    Too bad they did not have better material. This was exciting up until the end, whichh took 1.5 hoours to resolve itself. It was all climax then CHOP its done. I am very disappointed in its lack of brightness. Not very clever Mr. Brown so who REALLY wrote the Davinci Code? DaVinci himself? ;-)

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    Bobby The Colony, TX, USA 06-24-05
    Bobby The Colony, TX, USA 06-24-05
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    "Good, light fiction"

    I enjoyed this audiobook. It's not Dan Brown's best work (Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons are better I think), but it's in a similar vein and makes for fun listening while in the car. The abridged version moves you through the storyline fairly quickly. I would have liked a little more plot twists and action.

    The narrator does a great job with voices and adds a lot to the audiobook.

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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-19-05
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-19-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Pretty much average"

    Nothing spectacular here. Didn't seem to give you as much research learning as do Brown's other works. I enjoyed it overall, but it just didn't grab me. I had a high level of dislike for the reader. He was flat and annoying, especially with his role play voices - the worse I have ever heard.

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    Brett 05-18-05
    Brett 05-18-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Maybe it was the abriged version"

    This is my least favorite of Brown's books. Maybe it was the abridged version but I honestly got bored with it. If you have read all the other Dan Brown books, skip this one.

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    Raymond Gulf Breeze, FL, USA 05-17-05
    Raymond Gulf Breeze, FL, USA 05-17-05
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    "SPYS R US"

    Working for the NSA for several years in the early nineties, I found the book fairly accurate.
    Dan Brown seems to fill in the facts with fiction to make it easy to read.

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    Michael WimbledonUnited Kingdom 01-17-05
    Michael WimbledonUnited Kingdom 01-17-05
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    "Not 'too' bad..."

    Well, the story itself is OK. Not as good as Angels or Da Vinci but I think it's worth a listen. However the narrator was truly awful. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it's not an easy book to listen to. If you like well read books then this is not one for you.

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    Julie Williamstown, NJ, USA 08-01-04
    Julie Williamstown, NJ, USA 08-01-04
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    "Disappointing"

    After reading The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons this book was very disappointing. I read the other reviews warning as much first, but noted that The DaVinci Code also had similar reviews, so I figured I'd take my chances. It couldn't be THAT bad.

    Overall, I'd say it was a very average book. The narrator's voice sounded almost electronically simulated. For anyone who watches the series 24 and is fed up with the stupid "Kim Bauer" plotless plots to fill time, about half of this book is the same thing.

    I'm curious what was left out this "abridged" version because it did read fine. I don't know if I could have handled it being any longer!!!! Then again, maybe what was left out could have made it more enjoyable.

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    Paul T. York Athens, GA USA 05-01-04
    Paul T. York Athens, GA USA 05-01-04 Member Since 2001

    Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Georgia Regents University.

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    "Makes you want to puch somebody..."

    I have to agree with other reviewers that this novel is FAR below the quality of DaVinci. Just about every single twist or mystery was so predictable that you just wanted to scream at the moronic "geniuses" who couldn't figure out the most obvious of answers. The story had some interesting aspects, but the technical innacuracies, major inconsistencies, serious character flaws, stupid situations, and mediocre to poor writing are so distracting that I just couldn't enjoy whatever positives there were. I'm glad Dan Brown kept writing and didn't give up after this miserable attempt. His ability to imagine and tell stories has obviously improved significantly. Perhaps his poor writing style will improve as well.

    PS - and yes, the narrator is a maddeningly dreadful slow-speaking monotone, as well--this thing should have lasted only 10 hours, max.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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