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Dave Jeffery "Author of Amazon UK #1 Bestseller: Necropolis Rising." (UK)
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Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Fortress, 24 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Digital Fortress (Paperback)
If, like me, The Da Vinci Code brought you to this page, then you may be mildly disapponted in this, Dan Brown's first outing into fiction. But given a similar leap of faith, you may well enjoy this techo-yarn.

The idea of an unbreakable code threatening national security was highly inventive in its day and this book was written at a time when the world was less computer savvy. Hence it has suffered with the outset of techno-enlightenment, with many people irritated by its technical inaccuracies.

For me, one who didn't know much about computers then and not much better now, it just comes across as a fast paced, race against time thriller. I finished it in less time than the Da Vinci code and in some ways found it a far more rewarding experience.


The Fog
The Fog
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fog, 23 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Fog (Paperback)
The most disturbing aspect of James Herbert's classic tale of madness and mayhem, is the fact that most of the horror is augmented by man's brutality towards man.

I read this when I was twelve. I stopped having nightmares about it when I was around twenty! Gripping as it is graphic, this is a horror fiction at its best.


The Rats
The Rats
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blueprint for the Horror Generation, 23 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Rats (Paperback)
I can remember reading this book when it first came out in the seventies. I revisit it regularly since it had quite an impact on both those who read it and those who chose to emulate it. Herbert's 'introduce a character then kill them off in the same chapter' formula became a blueprint for the horror genre for a decade after this, his first outing in print, was published.

It's a short, fast paced horror masterpiece that grabs the the reader from the outset and drives them headlong into one set piece after another. The only terrible thing about this book are the films that tried to emulate it!


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