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Publisher's Summary

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery, a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.
©2001 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Brown moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller: a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm." (Publishers Weekly)
"A dazzling high-tech adventure...Brown proves once again that he is among the most intelligent and dynamic of authors in the thriller genre." (Library Journal)
"This is pretty exciting stuff...and Brown certainly does have a knack for spinning a suspenseful yarn." (Booklist)

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  • Tim
  • PUEBLO WEST, COLORADO, United States
  • 08-01-16

Good story, ok narrator

I love Dan Brown novels, however this particular narrator makes several audible mouth noises throughout the entire story.

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Do not read

This is a very poor book does not live up to his other books I do not recommend for anybody to read this I could not finish it it was that bad

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awesome book would recommend to friends and family

good story telling, nice drama and the classic dan brown ending. would read again for sure

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  • Michael
  • ATLANTA, GA, United States
  • 07-05-16

😧😧THEY FORGOT PART OF THE OPENING STATEMENT😧😧

💥💥💥BEFORE BILL CLINTON'S PEICE, DAN BROWN WROTE THAT ALL THE TECHNOLOGY MENTIONED IN THIS BOOK EXISTS!!!!💥💥💥AUDIBLE REALLY NEED'S TO ADD THIS CRITICAL INFORMATION TO EITHER THE RECORDING OR ADD IT TO SOME VERY PROMINENT TEXT FOUND WITHIN BOOKS DOWNLOADED CONTENT! 👍 MAKES ME WONDER IF THEY WERE AFRAID TO SAY SOMETHING SO POSSIBLY CONTROVERSIAL??? 🤔

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Horrible Purification!

The story is great, the narration is great, but one thing made me cringe throughout the entire book and made me want to stop the entire time. Whoever produced this recording needs to review the audio, because you can hear the narrator smacking the entire time!

Great story, bad production!

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Breathless

Our first audio book and it won't be our last. Perfect for a road trip this summer.

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  • sharon
  • AUBURN, ME, United States
  • 06-23-16

Even the author was in a rush to finish

Predictable and far-fetched. It felt like even the author couldn't wait to finish the book...a lot of loose ends, ALOT, trite ending. I felt like I was 13 reading 16th Summer all over again. The technical side was very interesting and well written but the characters fell short of depth and, quite frankly, reality. The narrator needs to suck/chew soft gel lozenges. It's distracting hearing the clicking.

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Awesome!

Loved it! Had twists and turns I wasn't expecting... I totally recommend, try this one!

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roadtrip

inaccurate. reality challenged, liked the characters but technology challenged. parts were entertaining and funny. bye

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extremely entertaining

I couldn't stop listening. I finished the book in 2 days. I highly recommend this book!