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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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  • Anthony
  • FREDERICK, MD, United States
  • 09-25-12

Great book

Just the right amount of action, suspense, and romance to keep me interested throughout the entire book. Really well written. A very fun book.

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Riviting and Exciting

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

I don't know?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Digital Fortress?

When the lights went out.

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Spellbinding at times.

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

I was enthralled.

Any additional comments?

Great book. Great listening experience.

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Seriously, he needs a new stick

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they have actually liked the other Dan Brown books and ONLY THEN if they like to be able to predict the who done it etc.

What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have written a different story. Hes got one story and just rewrites it over and over again. I "like" the story but after a while its just boring and you know how its all going to go. You would have to be a pretty immature reader to not know whats coming... With all the language and GD being thrown around I wouldnt recommend a young reader actually reading it though.

What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I didnt read the actually book, just listen to the story. I really cant add anything here.

Did Digital Fortress inspire you to do anything?

Read different authors.

Any additional comments?

Story wise, I like Dan Brown. I enjoy the way he lays out his stories and all. But they are all the same. I would like him to branch out and try something new. Of course that which put him on the map has got to be a hard thing to let go.

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  • Dominic
  • CHINO HILLS, CA, United States
  • 08-20-12

I would hever have guessed this was Dan Brown.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is appropriate for young teens at best, though I suspect they would find the material too dry.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

Yes -- I quite enjoyed Deception Point, The DaVinci Code, and Angels and Demons.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe this was written AFTER Deception Point -- this seems like a regression in style and content.<br/><br/>Rather than go on in gross detail about the ridiculous plot twists, improbable instances of luck, or the contrived ending, I'll give a single example of the tediously spoon-fed puzzle pieces:<br/><br/>The author though it was necessary to pause during the climactic conclusion in order to explain what *prime numbers* are to the reader.<br/><br/>Sorry, if you've finished 5th grade, you shouldn't need a review of that particular lesson of arithmetic.

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Dan Brown never disappoints

Where does Digital Fortress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorite books ever!

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way Dan Brown adds his personal touch of theology that gets you thinking and how he keeps the plot racing!

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  • L'Aura
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • 04-28-12

I Was Disappointed

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I've thoroughly enjoyed several of Dan Brown's other books, and maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened to this one, but I hated it. I found it horribly cliche and predictable and couldn't bring myself to keep listening. Maybe if I'd made it to the second download it would've turned around.

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  • Dan
  • Canada
  • 03-26-12

Fantastic read!

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

Fast paced action

What was one of the most memorable moments of Digital Fortress?

I loved all of the technical talk around the encryption used.

What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voices are fantastic and he really draws you into the story

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  • Luís
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • 02-16-12

Excelent narrator, ordinary plot

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

He was able to clearly distinguish the multiple characters in the book. Moreover, his english was very clear and easy to understand (english is not my mother language)

Any additional comments?

I've loved all other books by Dan Brown, but clearly in this one, being his first, he was still polishing his style.<br/><br/>It's possible to notice a few of the characteristics that made his other books so good, however, what I disliked about the plot was it's predictability.<br/><br/>In a nutshell, I didn't find myself looking forward to listening to the next chapter.

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Exciting.

What did you love best about Digital Fortress?

Written intelligently. Not a predictable story

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

Kind of reads like a Grisham

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

We listened to it on a long road trip. Helped the time pass quickly

Any additional comments?

We'll probably listen to it again in a couple years.

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What would have made Digital Fortress better?

Better Plot

Has Digital Fortress turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I won't be reading, er listening to any more Dan Brown.

Which scene was your favorite?

none.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Digital Fortress?

none.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons so I was hopeful this would be as thrilling! *Yawn* - it was awful, I waiting for it to get exciting, after 3/4 of the way thru... I decided that I would just finish what I started. Narrator is excellent.