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Digital Fortress: A Thriller Paperback – May 5, 2000
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“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
“Digital Fortress is smart and reads with all the pace of a hit movie.” ―Larry Lasker, Screenwriter, Wargames and Sneakers
“Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers.” ―Booklist
"A disturbing, cutting-edge techno thriller that should galvanize everyone who sends or receives email or even dreams of navigating the Web."―John J. Nance, author of Pandora's Clock, The Last Hostage
“Brown isn’t just a novelist; he’s a crossover pop culture sensation"―The Boston Globe
"A master of the breathless, puzzle-driven thriller.”―Richmond Times-Dispatch
“What Brown does in a way that appeals to millions of people around the world is tell stories that remind us there’s more to the world than meets the eye.”―The Huffington Post
"Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliffhanger." ―The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, which has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling novels of all time. Named one of the World's 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine, he has appeared in the pages of Newsweek, Forbes, People, GQ, The New Yorker, and others. His novels are published in 51 languages around the world. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he also taught English. Digital Fortress was inspired by his experiences at the academy. He lives in New England with his wife.
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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...
A few Cons:
- wish there was more scenery. There are 2 main characters: 1 located inside the NSA building the entire book, & 2: The other character in Seville Spain the entire book. Just wish there was more to imagine.
- I figured out the code in the end WAY before the characters did. I'm really not what you'd call a "code breaker" of any kind or even that intelligent lol. Just being honest with myself haha. Anyways, with how smart the NSA character is, it made no sense how she didn't think of it sooner.
Other than that, it was an incredibly fun read. Finished it in 3 days, and I NEVER finish books that quickly. I hardly ever put it down.
If you're a fan of Dan Brown, and have already read his obvious books (the mainstream ones, like da Vinci code), then you MUST READ "DECEPTION POINT". That's my 2nd favorite D.B. Novel.
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.