Digital Fortress Hardcover – 1 Aug 2005
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"'Engaged me instantly...keeps up a cracking pace as the mystery deepens and disaster follows disaster' The Times; 'Fast paced with plenty pf twists and turns...the reader remains gripped, trying to guess where its going next...one of the best thrillers on the bookstands. Don't miss it' Sunday Express; 'Pure genius...Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country' Nelson Demille; 'Wow...Blockbuster perfection. An exhilaratingly brainy thriller' The New York Times; 'A new master of smart thrills...A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure' People Magazine"
The bestselling thriller writer of all time - if you haven't read a Dan Brown, where have you been? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
Unlike the rest of his books, the plot here is paper thin (close to none existent) and the pace is incredibly slow (up until the last couple of chapters). What really kills it is the obviously poor research into IT, Computers, Viruses and Encryption - I cringed the whole way through the book.
If you like Dan Brown because you've read his other books, do yourself a favour and avoid reading this one as it will only spoil your opinion of the author.
About twenty pages before the end I began to wonder "is this it or is he saving the best for the final few pages. It was, and he wasn't.
So predictable and obviously written by somebody who knows nothing about computers. I admit I am in IT but. People do not crawl under computer consoles with soldering irons (30 years ago may be). Since when did you spend a billion dollars on a computer and if it was working hard, it over heated, took all the power from the building, turned the lights off and stopped the doors working. I would fire the designer and the hundreds of people it would have taken to design it. Has nobody heard of Health and Safety in the USA. It was careless plot devices like this which turned it from an average thriller to pathetic.
I cetainly do not feel the need to read any other of his books.
Avoid at all costs!
Style aside, it's a fun book to read, although the constant references to technology now make the book seem terribly dated (it was written in 96). It's also quite clear that Dan Brown has (or at least had) no idea of how the Internet really works. But these are moot points. Like the books that were to come later, this is very engaging, and written in a way that is reminiscent of watching a film - all of his books are screaming out to be made into films.
Despite the style, I can easily recommend this book, and if you don't get put off by the outdated technology, you'll surely love it.
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Definitely worth a read. A good story line, if you like this kind of book I'm sure you will enjoy it. Kept you guessing till the end.Published 12 days ago by Sola
I have this book many times over and love it. Having worked in the computer industry for many years you get to know about data security and this story is well written, has you on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Honest Johnny
A good story line and well worth reading, keeps you hanging on and there is some great character building. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D H BREWSTER
As usual a thrilling read. Found it difficult to put down. Love Dan Brown books.GReatPublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Helen Butler
Another brilliant book by Dan Brown, thought I had guessed the outcome half way through but was totally wrong. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Baggaley