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In this case, the secret formula is a new means of encryption, capable of changing the balance of international power. Part of the fun is that the book takes the reader along into an understanding of encryption technologies. You'll find yourself better understanding the political battles over such real-life technologies as the Clipper Chip and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software even though the book looks at the issues through the eyes of fiction.
Although there's enough globehopping in this book for James Bond, the real battleground is cyberspace, because that's where the "bomb" (or rather, the new encryption algorithm) will explode. Yes, there are a few flaws in the plot if you look too closely, but the cleverness and the sheer fun of it all more than make up for them. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and a lot of high, gee-whiz-level information about encryption, code breaking, and the role they play in international politics. Set aside the whole afternoon and evening for it and have finger food on hand for supper--you may want to read this one straight through. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Despite the fact that people with high IQs and senior government positions seemed to be a bit adolescent and slow-witted at crucial times, the premise and story line kept me... Read morePublished 2 days ago by C. Knowlton
Dan Brown has a miraculous way of predicting the future with the past and exposing the truth what is supposed to be hidden in a way that is easily disguised as fiction. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Liana Kelley
Please see my review of Deception Point because they are both one in the same for this book!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Typical Dan Brown keeps you from sleeping because you want to know what happens next. Always exciting.Published 11 days ago by Brenda J, KISER
It was very exciting and action packed! Love Dan Brown, however his books are very predictable, still love 'emPublished 12 days ago by Sharon D. Bingham Wolfolk
Digital Fortress was one of the earlier novels written by Dan Brown before Angels And Demons and Da Vinci Code. Read morePublished 16 days ago by DESERTMAN40
Did not like this book as much as Deception Point but once again Dan Brown writes a great story. Still a great read!Published 16 days ago by luke meisterling