Digital Fortress Author:Dan Brown When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls 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 re... more »leased 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.« less
Great book; couldn't put it down. I've just started reading mysteries, and most seem to have the same type of characters invovled (ie FBI, Police, etc.). This was a nice change from that. I would almost say this was also a romantic suspense because of the characters involved, and the ending.
This is an enjoyable high-tech thriller from the best-selling author of The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. The story shifts quite frequently between suburban Washington (NSA headquarters) and Spain, so you get the feeling of jump-cuts like in a film. While several of the technology references are certainly outdated (ISDN, Netscape for instance), the story still holds together quite well. If you enjoy Dan Brown's breezy style, and especially if you work in IT or are interested in computer security, Digital Fortress is highly recommended.
This was pretty bad. Nowhere near the excitement, fast pace, deep character development and enthralling nature of "Davinci Code", "Angels and Demons" or "The Lost Symbol". Having thoroughly enjoyed every other novel I've read of Dan Brown, I was left wondering if he truly wrote this. The book could have easily been condensed down to 200 pages. The cheap tricks to induce suspense will have you rolling your eyes and crying out in frustration by the end, and the dialogue is so cheeky and lame it feels like a joke. I was also bummed because each of Brown's novels I've read before have engrossed me in the subject matter, and created an interest in the topics (historical backgrounds and otherwise) he lays out amid the thrilling stories. Not at all the case here. Very little detail was given about the NSA, computer technology and the country's IT security history (though it would probably be very outdated now anyway). Highly disappointed.
After reading The DaVinci Code, I had high hopes of another Dan Brown book with twists and turns on every page. Unfortunately, this book did not reachg my level of expectation. At times, I forced myself to read just to complete it. While there were a few unexpected turns in the book, I didn't really experience any suspense until near the end. I give the book 2 stars based on the last 50 pages. If you really want to read one of Brown's better books, then pick up Deception Point. That one had me reading it while cooking dinner.
Another phenomenal book by Dan Brown. You are at the edge of your seat when you read this novel as you follow Susan Fletcher at NSA headquarters and David Becker in Seville, Spain. Dan Brown consistently creates suspense and thrill as you the reader are trying to piece together the mystery alongside the book's main characters. Nothing is ever as it seems, and those who seem to be innocent often have a hand in the wrong. Just like Robert Langdon, Susan Fletcher and David Becker are thrown in a situation in which they did not anticipate and their lives are both on the line as they work ferociously to find the pass key to Digital Fortress.