Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

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Inordinately complicated but reasonably exciting; should find a home in the middle reaches of the intelligence-bureau/techno-whiz readership.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth--the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA.

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 and 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 ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan 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.

From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds. It is a battle for survival--a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius...an impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post-cold war balance of power. Forever.

 

About Dan Brown

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Dan Brown was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on June 22, 1964. He was a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing. In 1996, his interest in code-breaking and covert government agencies led him to write his first novel, Digital Fortress, which quickly became a #1 national bestselling eBook. In its first week on sale, The Da Vinci Code debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller list, simultaneously topping bestseller lists at The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and San Francisco Chronicle. Later, the book hit #1 on every major bestseller list in the country. The book was made into a motion picture by Columbia Pictures, starring Tom Hanks. Brown's other works include Deception Point; Angels and Demons, which was also adapted into a film, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. His novels have been translated and published in more than 50 languages around the world.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Crime. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average

Inordinately complicated but reasonably exciting; should find a home in the middle reaches of the intelligence-bureau/techno-whiz readership.

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Suite 101

Below average
on Feb 03 2011

It seems that a person with any knowledge of technology, cryptology, mathematics or government agencies might not find this novel very appealing.

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Nov 25 2012

For unintentionally surreal descriptions and wooden dialogue I take off a star. For senior professionals and academics behaving like 18 year old temps and owners of 170 IQ...I take off another one.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
on Jul 11 2005

Digital Fortress is a techno-thriller at its best. The story is well-paced, thrilling, and Fletcher is an intelligent and admirable female hero. T

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BookRack

Excellent
on Feb 08 2011

As usual, Dan Brown is brilliant and thorough! Your imagination is captured right at the start and it just explodes from there, until it got to the point where you just can’t put it down.

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KCLS

Excellent
on Jun 13 2011

This book was the best thriller that I have ever read. I would lose track of time because it was impossible to put down.

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Gather Books

Above average
on Nov 01 2006

The action of this book is lacking mainly because most of the events take place in the Crypto-Dome of the NSA...

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