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Deception Point
Deception Point
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Technical Manual, 22 Feb 2007
This review is from: Deception Point (Paperback)
This is how Dan Brown might review his own books:-

"Dan Brown books contain hundreds of pages, upon each of which are printed hundreds of letters. This means that Dan Brown books contain thousands of letters. These letters are printed in 10-point Times New Roman font on paper created from a combination of pulped spruce and recycled cardboard. The cardboard is collected from the American suburbs and mixed with precisely twice its volume of water to creat the pulp. The spruce is harvested from Alaskan forests before being transported on diesel-powered articulated lorries to the pulping plant. These lorries can weigh up to 50 tonnes fully loaded, and consume a gallon of fuel every mile they travel. The ink used is produced by pigment lab in Nevada, using a special scientific process.

"At the moment this has been hidden from the public, but will soon be exposed by a plucky, intelligent and beautiful scientist/author who, despite their obviously compromised personal situation, has managed to achieve an elevated position in a terribly secret government agency."

I did not like this book at all. It reads as if Brown has cut-and-pasted the technical manual for every scientific instrument or transport device into every chapter, then tried to weave some sort of tale around it. Who cares how many miles of cable the NASA headquarters contains? Is this superfluous bumph meant to impress me or add to the story? Horrible, horrible, horrible.

I read this on holiday: I only read it all the way to the end because I wanted to be able to say I had read at least one Dan Brown novel. I can safely say he is off my list now.

The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please read this, 30 Oct 2002
Please read this book.
If you have ever been to Africa, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up. You'll recognise the places, people and situations as Kapuscinski's beautifully crafted accounts of his travels throughout the continent come alive in your memories.
If you've never been, this book will make you want to go. A seasoned African campaigner, Kapuscinski brings home the uniqueness that makes Africa not a place to fear and avoid, but one to explore and - as he is continually helping you to do throughout the book - understand.
Tracing a line from the triumphal emergence of African independence to its most recent and darkest turmoils, Kapuscinski combines a "Western" concept of time, geography and politics with an "African" view rarely conveyed in the news reports. In doing so, he also reminds the reader that "Africa" is too narrow a term to use to describe the myriad cultures, traditions and conditions which exist in this huge continent.

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