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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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  • Marie
  • Allentown, PA, USA
  • 06-17-04

THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!

I am a huge fan of both science and art and this book is at least as good as "DaVinci Code" if not better!

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Story was okay but studio needs audio engineer

With an author like Dan Brown I would think that any studio could afford an audio engineer who is talented at minimizing background sounds. However, I listened to this book with headphones on and I could hear WAY too many bodily noises by the narrator. Story was fine, nothing like the Robert Langdon series but has an interesting premise. It was just really hard for me to listen to the story with all of the noises from the narrator. I usually don't mind noises but this one really kept me from getting into the story.

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Wow - this was bad

The characters were introduced in a stereotyped way that was offensive enough to turn an average book into a bad one. I was curious enough about the ridiculous plot line that I finished it. But, it's not worth it.

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Mouth noise😡

Wonderful story and good narration except for the very clear moments of swallowing and mouth moistening... It really detracts!!!

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Decent

Enjoyable, but not up to Dan Brown's other works. The poor narrator needed lots of water. His unusual audible sounds were annoying and distracting.

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A nice story horribly read

A decent story, as one would expect from Brown. One of the worst narrators I have ever listened to. The obnoxious mouth noises almost made me give up.

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Can't stand the wet mouth sound

At end of every sentence or chapter you can hear the narrator wet mouth kinda like the sound when u mix pasta in a bowl and u here the wet sound. Drove me nuts. Have all other Dan brown books and really wanted to hear this book but just could not go thru with it after less than an hour. Very sad

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Fantastic thriller

I read this book almost 10 years ago and decided to consume it again - this time via audio. A wonderful, well-written thriller that offers a good blend of politics and science. Highly recommend.

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Good. if you can get by the burping

This is my first Dan Brown novel. Obviously, not his most popular, but that's ok. I was rather impressed at how Dan Brown is able to keep you turning the pages. Not the best story, but still a page turner. He writes it like tv serial that has a cliffhanger every week. It just reaches out and turns the page for you(er. um, hits the play button). On the downside, the audio is disturbing. I recommend having some white noise in your environment whilst listening. Or using the worst headphones you have. The mic picked up everything on this recording. swallowing, lip smacking, even burping. Richard Poe is a very good narrator, but boy, they need to maybe edit this a tad. Overall, a good book and worth the credit.

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My first Dan Brown

I really enjoyed this book. There were times when I was finding excuses to go on extended drives in the car so that I could finish a chapter.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 03-08-17

politics

not a bad story, a bit far fetched with plot but understandable.
still politics is still despicable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-28-17

Great book and lovely satisfying end

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes at some points I just had to keep going as the story was so gripping.

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  • martin
  • 02-13-17

has everything brilliant book

excellent story, gripped in parts and brilliantly narrated, will be buying another Dan Brown book

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  • Frankie
  • 01-20-17

good listen

Constantly kept me guessing who was the big bad, some good twists, some a bit far fetched and what must be the luckiest characters ever to have survived all they did!
but worth a listen, love all the geeky stuff and the mystery of all this space exploration etc..

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  • Geoff Shirley
  • 01-19-17

Hard to put down - really enjoyed this read

A good story which has some nice twists and turns well read. I would recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-16

A page turner

This story did keep me on tender hooks, waiting for what happened next. I prefer stories that strongly develop & give the reader personal insights into the characters; but this is not D.B 's style. He evidently does a huge amount of research - in this instance into scientific topics such as Meteorology. Whether he's accurate or not only specialists would know! As the story got near its crescendo it got rather James Bond -y & silly for me. On the whole a ripping yarn, well researched & food for thought re the morality of those in powerful positions. One VERY off putting thing was the narrator. He kept breathing in & out noisily through his nose, swallowing loudly as if gulping cups of tea, & making funny noisy with his mouth. Really quite disgusting. I was wishing I had purchased a hard copy.

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  • Wilso40
  • 10-18-16

Poor narration

Terrible audio. You can hear every swallow of saliva and breath taken. Also all women appear to sound similar to Marg Simpsons sisters! I wouldn't recommend.

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  • ADB
  • 10-14-16

Couldn't stop listening

A gripping story from start to finish. Does pose a few questions about exactly what goes in government depts. Excellent narration with feeling and warmth that also kept you compelled to keep listening. Astounding and then some and another marvel for this amazing author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-27-16

Was eager for the end.

Thought some of the storyline was a bit unbelievable...How many lives does the heroine have? Didn't guess the villain though. All in all, good entertainment and narrator did a good job.

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  • John
  • 07-04-16

Brilliant Book

Finished it within a couple of days, just keeps on giving. Politics and science fused into one hell of a ride