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Digital Fortress [Paperback]

Dan Brown
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28 Aug 2009
When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in 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 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...

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books (28 Aug 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 055216125X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552161251
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England. Visit his UK website at

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"Pure genius...Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country" -- Nelson Demille "Fascinating and absorbing - perfect for anyone who appreciates a great, riveting read...Dan Brown is my new must-read" -- Harlan Coben "Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr Brown, I am your fan" -- Robert Crais

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The bestselling novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in 3 days 2 Jan 2007
By Jay
I felt it started strongly with good character introductions and building people's backgrounds and reader affinity with them. There's plenty of action and some great events which are (to those who've already read Brown) now-familiar action capers with some fast changes and lots of near-misses. Plenty of fun there and it keeps you hooked.

The bit where it fell down for me was the ending, where I felt he had one eye on the action-adventure Hollywood adaption. It just seemed a bit too formulaic and there wasn't the depth. You could see what was coming - and the main bit of world-saving 'brilliance' of a genius codebreaker, well, I got it straight away, and the NSA don't want me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Of course, very few people would have bought this book but for the extraordinary commercial success of the same author's The Da Vinci Code, and I must be named among that larger herd. Digital Fortress was written, I believe, in or around 1998 when relatively little was known, among the masses, of Dan Brown or such computer terminology as viruses or worms, but today just eight years later the subject matter of this book is far from science fiction - indeed it seems almost quaint at times. The essence of this tale is that an underground super-computer run by the NSA (in the USA) is under threat by a code that, if not beaten, will render all of the most confidential information about military operations and deployments, criminals in witness protection programmes, top-secret political and financial data - and much more - accessible to anyone with a PC and a modem. This is supposedly a bad thing, and that all of America's secrets being known would effectively mean the end of the world. Yeah, right.

If this machine really exists, then I suppose it means that it can read this email I'm sending to Amazon before Amazon do. Oh my God, even as I write that sentence, a van has parked across the street with two men in the front wearing sunglasses.....oh oh, one of them's pointing a pair of binoculars right at me, the other's talking into a microphone running down from an earpiece, possibly alerting the SWAT team hovering above my house in black helicopters.....

To describe Digital Fortress as a thriller would be akin to calling a toilet roll a potential Pulitzer Prize winner.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut 9 Aug 2004
By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE
I bought this, Dan Brown's first novel, on the strength of reading The Da Vinci Code. It's not as strong or as indepth as The Da Vinci Code but nevertheless I found it an excellent read.
It centres around code breaking and computing - there is no art history or religion in sight this time. Originally published in 1998 the computing and technology side of the book will no doubt date with time but six years on it is not too dated although I am sure experts will no doubt pick holes in some of it.
The book centres around a couple searching for a key for a newly developed code. The woman, and main character, is in her place of work, a highly secure NSA building dedicated to code breaking. Her partner is in Europe tracking down a second copy of the key which is held inside a ring.
The book is fast paced and I read it within 24 hours. I found it thoroughly ejoyable and although some of the story was a bit predictable there were enough twists to it to make it page turner.
It's not as good as The Da Vinci code but it brought to me a similar excitement when reading it. A great debut 9/10.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought I'd re-read DaVinci by mistake 25 Feb 2006
After reading DaVinci Code and accepting it for what it is (a story, not a 100% factually correct account) I ordered Digital Fortress.
A collegue at work warned me that reading these books "the wrong way round" would be dissapointing, and he was unfortunately correct.
Both have an American academic jaunting across Europe like a CIA field agent, in search of something they do not fully comprehend while some sinister world organisation (in one, the NSA, in the other the Church) pull the puppet's strings. And both have a physically impaired assassin out to hamper the whole thing.
The characterisation is shallow, such as the depiction of the NSA workers by phrases like "...he knew she was right; Ms X's instincts were infamous for always being right..." which doesn't create any reader empathy - in fact it makes you wonder how they didn't avoid the whole crisis in the first place it they were all so perfect!
I think Dan Brown has a random plot generator:
<insert main charachter's name> is an academic with language skills, sent to <insert European city> by <insert world organisation> to look for <insert mythological artifact or technological breakthrough>. However, <insert name of main character's oldest trusted friend> has other ideas and has sent <insert assasin with single physical perculiarity> to muck it all up. In the end though, the assasin is despatched and the hero returns home while his friend is exposed and probably killed.
No wonder DVC was a best seller, he'd had a few practice attempts beforehand...
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Published 4 days ago by paul g
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have read all of Dan Brown's books and I have loved all of them.
Digital Fortress is his best.
I feel sad it finished. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Troy
1.0 out of 5 stars tripe
Its beenn quite a struggle to finish this book. Good job I was on holiday. No more Dan Brown for me after this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I've read one other Dan Brown book before this one (I read Deception Point which I really liked) so I expected it to be pretty technical - which it was. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Once I picked this up I couldn't put it down, left an empty hole inside me when I finished :-(
Published 2 months ago by Mr Daniel Darwood
5.0 out of 5 stars quite interesting, great read
Brilliant in every sense of the word. Love dan brown and will continue to read his work. He is fantastic
Published 2 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Amazing couldn't stop reading it another top book from a top author one of the best reads in ages wow
Published 2 months ago by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but no more than okay
This was the final Dan Brown book I had to read, having worked my way through the others, and I was looking forward to it, because it had been recommended to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackie Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...
A book about computers by an author who appears to know very little about computers. If you know very little about computers you may enjoy it, but if not it may grate a fair bit.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S.Young
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I loved this book. If you haven't read it and are contemplating buying it then don't hesitate, but it now, you won't ever be able to put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Kate Stoke-on-Trent
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