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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Jacalyn
  • Cobb, CA, United States
  • 09-29-13

Excellent

Excellent. Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors. this book was exciting as always

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In a word, predictable

Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

Not at this point, no.

What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

The predictability & the seriously annoying writing 'technique' of having characters parrot back disbelievingly what other's have said so it can be explained it in a Murder She Wrote fashion. For example: "Jack said it was in the kitchen." "What, in the kitchen! she exclaimed" "Yes, in the kitchen because...." OMG, stop doing that! You make your characters seem like idiots.

I shouldn't mention the tedius tech details as that might be very enjoyable to some folks and I guess I should have expected it.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

Commander Trevor Strathmore.

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Snooooozer!!

After listening to both the Davinci code and Angels and Demons and LOVING them both... I couldn't wait to start listening..... OK this book was written at the beginning of the cyber revolution... this book talks to you about the internet and computers, the way you would talk to a pre schooler... I listened to only half of the book and found myself yelling at the radio to GET ON WITH IT!! There is NO WAY I will finish this book.....

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  • Mary
  • Wilmington, NC, United States
  • 06-30-13

Ahead of its time

Any additional comments?

Quite possibly the most logical, insightful, and most likely true novel from Dan Brown yet. I'm sure I am in the minority, but Id rather our team be monitoring and listening than not.

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  • leticia
  • Port Hueneme, CA, United States
  • 06-11-13

3 Steps ahead

Would you try another book from Dan Brown and/or Paul Michael?

Not any more. I loved The Lost Symbol, but that is the only one of 4 books of his that I have really liked.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Cut out all the redundancies. Dan Brown is a master of stating the obvious. He repeats the same thing over and over and I always figure out his puzzles or mysteries or bad guys at least 3 pages before he discloses them. That is irritating. His plots and symbols can be very interesting which is why I kept reading them, but now I'm seeing the pattern. He's just not a good moment to moment writer. Except for The Lost Symbol. That is by far his best, I think.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

Susan and David.

Could you see Digital Fortress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It would probably be better as a movie or tv show, because the writing's not that good. Maybe Pierce Brosnan as Strathmore and Charlese Theron as Susan.

Any additional comments?

The plots in his novels are always better than the writing.

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  • Christian
  • Burbank, CA, United States
  • 02-05-13

Read between the Brown

If you could sum up Digital Fortress in three words, what would they be?

Intense, multiple times.

What other book might you compare Digital Fortress to and why?

Nothing to compare it to. Its truly a unique story.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Digital meets suspense.

Any additional comments?

Brown is my favorite fiction author, dig that guys style.

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  • Hamada
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 01-25-13

maybe the movie will be better

What would have made Digital Fortress better?

Everyone in the movie pause a long while, sat a long while, waited a long while, unenjoyable repetition.

The story was predictable from the start.

It wasn't very clear where the directors loyalty isToo much use of foul language.

Excellent reading performance

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • Matthew
  • Fontana, CA, United States
  • 01-03-13

OK, but not his best work

Would you listen to Digital Fortress again? Why?

I would consider listening to Digital Fortress again. Its story line and plot were very similar to Deception Point.

If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

I listened to all unabridged versions of his books and this was my least favorite. Not to say it isn't a good book, it just isn't as good as the others.

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator is good and easy to listen too.

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Great Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Digital Fortress to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narrator did a great job and changed his voice to match the character. It was a fun listen and I greatly enjoyed it

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, constantly switching between stories and how they intertwine and numerous plot twist. Great fun and very interesting

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard him before, but this was a great performance and will look for his name in the future

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book has great emotion from the characters and you really feel for the characters

Any additional comments?

Great book, love Dan Brown books and always find them to be insightful and interesting. This book has numerous great computer references and is just a fun puzzle throughout, highly recommend for anyone who loves a great puzzle and fictional conspiracy.

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  • L
  • Shiloh, TN, United States
  • 11-09-12

Not my favorite Dan Brown

This story just didn't hold together. It seemed that the characters spent an amazing amount of poor dialogue missing an obvious conclusion. If you enjoy Dan Brown's books, stick with Angles and Demons or the DaVinci Code and skip this one.