- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's; 2nd Revised edition (January 5, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312995423
- ISBN-13: 978-0312995423
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,691 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book proved to be, at times, a true "page turner". Personally, for me, there were times that I wanted to know what happened next, only to have the scene shift away from the action, leaving the reader on hold.
When I say the action shifts, at times, rapidly, my copy, which I purchased on Kindle has 128 chapters in 371 pages. For me this made it easy to read a chapter during a quick break. However towards the end, chapters were often changing after one page, for no obvious reason. It was no big deal, it just seemed slightly strange to me. But I did really like the novel.
As is often the case, I learned a good deal from a work of fiction such as this. I has occurred to me that I have a lack of knowledge of Spain. I enjoyed reading about Seville and reading other information about Seville on my own.
On the other hand, the other setting is NEA headquarters in Maryland. In the novel, there is a collection of very brilliant people seemingly stumped by some fairly basic anagrams, epigrams, and scientific puzzles. For personal reasons, I do not wish to disclose I found some of those clues more cute than clever and would not have stumped such a collection of analysts for more than a few seconds, if at all. Some individual's minds operate in certain ways, and that is just how it is, and certain logical leaps are made almost involuntarily. Again, that is not to say this is still an enjoyable reading experience.
In summary, I liked this novel very much. It was not the huge success that some of Dan Brown's following novels proved to be. While I can appreciate why that is, I liked this novel and am very glad I had the chance to read it. Thank You...
The final scenes are particularly interesting; a virus has slipped into the central NSA database system because someone opened a bypass. This results in a major hacking vulnerability and attempts to break in from all over the world. The progressing hacks are visualized as a process in which several subsequent layers of protection (firewalls) are compromised. Of course, a few seconds before the final breakdown the heroes realize what the password for the encryption program is, type it in and everything is over and they live happily ever after. I fail to make the connections with any really secured data system but then I have no insights into NSA operations.
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