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Digital Fortress [Hardcover]

Dan Brown
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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739441671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739441671
  • Product Dimensions: 34.8 x 21.1 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (475 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,216 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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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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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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During the reading of this book, I just couldn't stop wondering if these jerks were actually the real people who actually run the NSA. If the answer was yes, then our USofA would definitely in big trouble. The author had inevitablely gave me an impression that the whole NSA scenes inside out were just so obviously fake, since he could only imagine the tight security for entry, but once got in, he just could not provide us with more realistic pictures, so he just failed to visualize correctly and to deliver. So, what we got here from him were couple of very unprofessional, sexual harassing jerk like Hale, an egghead nerd, a very unconvincing IQ170 woman, her multi-lingualled sweetheart, an old, stress sticken No.2 guy, a steel-rimmed killer, plus several security guards outside the NSA building. Putting a Japanese American as some kind traitor, doing some personal vandetta to NSA and its personnel is still a legacy of the pathetic American syndrome orginated and still die-hard from WWII--the Asian Americans simply would not be accepted completely as other racial Americans, so, guilty until proven innocent; put them in concentration camp before they become the snitches, informers, or traitors--the (Japanese)American, even he had passed the security check to be qualified as an NSA employee, but he's doomed to be unstable, untrustworthy and would inevitablely became a traitor and sold his 'Digital Fortress' to his Japanese folks in Japan. This is a disgusting logic that made me appreciate more to the "Mercury Rising" movie. At least there were only real Americans being betrayed and killed, and all the Japanese people in that movie were just purely innocent, big dollar-spending tourists.
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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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I have read all of Dan Brown's books and I have loved all of them.
Digital Fortress is his best.
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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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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 :-(
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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
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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
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