Deception Point

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"When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticty of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the
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"When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticty of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery - a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy." But before Rachel can contact the President, she and Michael are attacked by a deadly team of assassins controlled by a mysterious power broker who will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, their only hope for survival is to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.
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Publishers Weekly
Struggling to rebound from a series of embarrassing blunders that have jeopardized its political life at the start of this lively thriller, NASA makes an astounding discovery: there is a meteor embedded deep within the arctic ice. And it isn't just any meteor. Inside the huge rock, which crashed to earth in 1716, are fossils of giant insects proof of extraterrestrial life. Yet, given NASA's slipping reputation, the question arises: Is the meteor real or a fake? That uncertainty dogs NASA and its supporters in Brown's latest page-flipper, a finely polished amalgam of action and intrigue. Trying to determine the truth are intelligence agent Rachel Sexton and popular oceanographer Michael Tolland, both among the first to suspect something is amiss when the meteor is pulled from the ice. Their doubts quickly make them the targets of a mysterious death squad controlled by someone or something that doesn't want the public to hear the meteor may be a fraud. Together, Sexton and Tolland scramble across arctic glaciers, take refuge on ice floes, are rescued by a nuclear submarine, then find themselves trapped aboard a small research vessel off the coast of New Jersey. All the while, the nation's capital is buzzing as to whether NASA has engaged in deception. Or is NASA just a dupe for aerospace companies that have long wanted a bigger share of space contracts? Brown (Angels & Demons) moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot farmore fulfilling than the norm. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In the midst of a particularly nasty presidential campaign, a discovery is made in the Arctic wilderness that could turn the tide of the election and forever change the course of history. President Zachary Herney is a decent politician who unfortunately seems to have channeled the spirit of Warren Harding and seeks advice in selecting his advisors. When notified of the discovery, Zachary sees a chance to get his reelection campaign back on track and asks a National Reconnaissance Office spook to check into the claims. It just so happens she is the daughter of Zachary's opponent, a sleaze ball who is raking NASA over the coals for the billions it spends on often failed missions. There's intrigue aplenty, both in the Arctic and in Washington, and Brown (The DaVinci Code) does not disappoint with this genuine page-turner. Reader Richard Poe excellently captures the tension, suspense, and terror with his well-modulated voice. He infuses all of the characters with a distinct personality. Essential for all libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A mostly tedious third technothriller from the author of Angels and Demons (2000), etc. Incumbent President Zach Herney is fighting for his life in an upcoming election against the slick and slippery Senator Sedwick Sexton. Herney is a staunch supporter of NASA, while Sexton has been using the expensive, mistake-prone, and nonprofitable agency as a convenient whipping-boy in his stump speeches. Protagonist Rachel Sexton, the senator's daughter, works for the National Reconnaissance Office, where she digests information into reports used by the White House. The fact that she works so closely with the president has made for no small amount of tension between her and her father, of course. At the outset of the story, Rachel is whisked off to a spot somewhere near the Arctic Circle where NASA is trying to recover a meteor with what looks like fossils of extraterrestrial life on it from underneath two hundred feet of ice. Naturally, things aren't quite what they seem, what with the small band of Delta Force soldiers secretly watching the NASA encampment. The more that Rachel learns about the meteor, with the help of popular scientist Michael Tolland and a NASA techie by the name of Corky, the less things make sense. The author has an impressive grasp of his material, and even though this is the type of thriller where the gadgetry is often more believable than the wooden characters (the Delta Force soldiers' guns that create bullets out of snow are especially cool), Brown's scientific knowledge isn't what ultimately dooms the book. The story, which has an initial rush to it, bogs down once it starts plodding through all the government shenanigans and secret plots. Although Brown is a moreastute storyteller than most of his brethren in the technothriller vein, and won't lose any fans this time out, he's never able to convincingly marry the technical and the human sides of Deception Point.
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"Excellent.... A finely polished amalgam of action and intrigue."

Publishers Weekly

"A taut, fast-paced, barn-burner of a book."

St. Petersburg Times (FL)

"A rocket-fast thriller.... An outstanding read."

— Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Consent to Kill

"A master of smart thrills."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743539470
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 15
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels & Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing full-time. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit his website at DanBrown.com.

Biography

Novelist Dan Brown may not have invented the literary thriller, but his groundbreaking tour de force The Da Vinci Code -- with its irresistible mix of religion, history, art, and science -- is the gold standard for a flourishing genre.

Born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1964, Brown attended Phillips Exeter Academy (where his father taught), and graduated from Amherst with a double major in Spanish and English. After college he supported himself through teaching and enjoyed moderate success as a musician and songwriter.

Brown credits Sidney Sheldon with jump-starting his literary career. Up until 1994, his reading tastes were focused sharply on the classics. Then, on vacation in Tahiti, he stumbled on a paperback copy of Sheldon's novel The Doomsday Conspiracy. By the time he finished the book, he had decided he could do as well. There and then, he determined to try his hand at writing. His first attempt was a pseudonymously written self-help book for women co-written with his future wife Blythe Newlon. Then, in 1998, he published his first novel, Digital Fortress -- followed in swift succession by Angels and Demons and Deception Point. None the three achieved commercial success.

Then, in 2003, Brown hit the jackpot with his fourth novel, a compulsively readable thriller about a Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon who stumbles on an ancient conspiracy in the wake of a shocking murder in the Louvre. Combining elements from art, science, and religion, The Da Vinci Code became the biggest bestseller in publishing history, inspiring a big-budget movie adaptation and fueling interest in the author's back list. In 2009, Brown continued Robert Langdon's esoteric adventures with The Lost Symbol, a tale of intrigue that, like its predecessors, takes readers on a wild ride into the sinister mysteries of the past.

Good To Know

  • Brown revealed the inspiration for his labyrinthine thriller during a writer's address in Concord, New Hampshire. "I was studying art history at the University of Seville (in Spain), and one morning our professor started class in a most unusual way. He showed us a slide of Da Vinci's famous painting "The Last Supper"... I had seen the painting many times, yet somehow I had never seen the strange anomalies that the professor began pointing out: a hand clutching a dagger, a disciple making a threatening gesture across the neck of another... and much to my surprise, a very obvious omission, the apparent absence on the table of the cup of Christ... The one physical object that in many ways defines that moment in history, Leonardo Da Vinci chose to omit." According to Brown, this reintroduction to an ancient masterpiece was merely "the tip of the ice burg." What followed was an in-depth explanation of clues apparent in Da Vinci's painting and his association with the Priory of Sion that set Brown on a path toward bringing The Da Vinci Code into existence.

  • If only all writers could enjoy this kind of success: in early 2004, all four of Brown's novels were on the New York Times Bestseller List in a single week!

    In our interview with Brown, he shared some of his writing rituals:

    "If I'm not at my desk by 4:00 a.m., I feel like I'm missing my most productive hours. In addition to starting early, I keep an antique hourglass on my desk and every hour break briefly to do push-ups, sit-ups, and some quick stretches. I find this helps keep the blood -- and ideas -- flowing.

    "I'm also a big fan of gravity boots. Hanging upside down seems to help me solve plot challenges by shifting my entire perspective."

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      1. Hometown:
        New England
      1. Date of Birth:
        June 22, 1964
      2. Place of Birth:
        Exeter, New Hampshire
      1. Education:
        Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain
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    A shocking scientific discovery.
    A conspiracy of staggering brilliance.
    A thriller unlike any you've ever read....

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory — a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery — a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

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    • Posted February 15, 2010

      I Also Recommend:

      Best of Dan Brown

      This book is simply wonderful, and I would even venture to say it is Brown's best work so far. A thrilling tale that takes the reader on an intellectual adventure.

      16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 9, 2010

      Over all a really good read.

      Being a person who hasn't had a passion for reading this book has help me start three others this month and develop a true desire to read and pursue and grow. The Book gives great thrills while still allowing you to get to know the characters and becoming attached to them. I never wanted to set it down my curiosity kept me reading until the end.

      8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 5, 2011

      Another great novel!!

      The plot involves Rachel Sexton, an employee for the National Reconnaissance Office, who is called upon by the President to help with a new discovery. Along with several civic scientists, Rachel travels to the Arctic. The new discovery is of a meteorite discovered by NASA in the Arctic ice. While in the Arctic, Rachel and her new companions notice some curious details, which could ultimately lead to a political disaster for the President. Before she can contact the President, assassins attack Rachel and her companions. While fleeing for their lives, Rachel and her companions discover who is behind the plot to fool the country. Sexton maintains his own agenda during this process, deceiving even those who are close to him. This book really pulls the reader into the story, providing the reader with a quick and easy book to read. I had a tough time putting the book down, and loved the blend of fact and fiction that Brown included throughout the entire novel. This book is suited for anyone with some free time looking to read a quality book with some unexpected plot twists.

      6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 24, 2010

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      Great Suspense Story

      Action packed and full of suspense. Likewise with all Dan Brown novels you won't be disappointed.

      6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 8, 2012

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      Excellent government cover up story. Lots of action, twists and

      Excellent government cover up story. Lots of action, twists and turns, corrupt officials with secret agendas. Dan Brown never lets you down - always a fantastic read.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 22, 2012

      It's sad because I loved Dan Brown's Angels & Demons - but o

      It's sad because I loved Dan Brown's Angels & Demons - but once you've read one of his books you've read them all. Same story line, just fill in the blank. I really wouldn't waste my money if I could do it over again if you've already read Angels & Demons or The Da Vinci Code.

      Boy meets girl. Uncover conspiracy. Bad guy is the person the book doesn't suspect/ helping the two protagonists. They have sex at the end.

      EVERY TIME.

      5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 5, 2012

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      Fascinating Read

      Like most of Dan Brown's books, the story kept you on edge and constantly wondering what would happen next. It had a pleasant blend of romance, suspense, and adventure along with science involved. Highly recommended read.

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 24, 2012

      Highly recommend

      Although the author used a lot of scientific words that were unfamiliar to me, I certainly was able to "feel" the coldness of the water and what it must feel like to drown. Fantastic!

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 14, 2012

      Can't forget this novel!

      Very exciting! Well done. It just seemed so real. Although I read it long ago it just sticks with me. My favorite work of Dan Browns!

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 11, 2012

      Great!

      Spellbinding.

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 10, 2012

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      Not as good as his other books

      It's a decent read, but after reading his other books this one just didn't hit the spot and was a bit rough to read through. The plot was far fetched and I just couldn't relate much to the characters.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 7, 2012

      Supef Superb

      Asonishing read, classic dan brown suspence

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 21, 2011

      Lots ado about not a lot - kellman

      This is not dan's best work. The only issue i have is the lack if believability with some of the characters actions' and words to eachother. Save that - great ending!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 20, 2011

      Great Book

      dan brown does it again

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 26, 2012

      AWESOME

      This is an amazing read where you never end up where you thought!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 23, 2012

      This book is a must read. You are held in suspense from the beg

      This book is a must read. You are held in suspense from the beginning to the end.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 5, 2012

      Best book i have read since the new year

      REALY GOOD BOOK!!!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2011

      Great book

      Once you start reading it you can not put it down!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 29, 2011

      awesome

      I love this book

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 13, 2011

      yes yes yes

      Although some of the terminology went over my head, it definitely reignited my passion for reading. It's been quite a dry spell where nothing quite caught my attention... until I found Deception Point. Having read Dan Browns more popular works, I do believe this was better - Great characters and lot's of action! I was truly exhausted after reading a few intense scenes... Highly recommended.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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