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Digital Fortress / Edition 2

Digital Fortress / Edition 2

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by Dan Brown

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ISBN-10: 0312944926

ISBN-13: 9780312944926

Pub. Date: 11/04/2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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 released would cripple


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 released 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.

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Second Edition, Revised Edition
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Digital Fortress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 561 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Dan Brown's "Deception Point" and enjoyed it, so I went on to "Digital Fortress." Unfortunately, this novel cured me of Dan Brown. It's full of cliff hanging high intensity excitement, but is so totally unbelievable that I could not really enjoy it. He apparently did not research anything about computer programming and has taken great liberties with the facts about computer hardware operations.
cj_mayse More than 1 year ago
My first negative book review: so very disappointed in this book. In fact, I could not finish it - I was unwilling to invest any more time to find out what happened. It was that badly written. Written early in Brown's career (ar at least earlier than Angles and Demons and The Davinci Code), Digital Fortress was not at all what I hoped or expected. Character development - who thinks the way these characters do? Plot development - formulaic and unlikely at the same time. Technical accuracy - couldn't say, except that Brown dives overly-deep into code-breaking programming, a common mistake when an author researches something technical and wants to share everything he or she has learned. While I've never felt Brown is the best writer, he usually tells a compelling story. This one should have remained in his head.
Kellie_Grabher More than 1 year ago
Everything he writes I thoroughly enjoy! I would however say Angels & Demons was his best. I highly recommend this book as well as all his others & look forward to anything he publishes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the works of Dan Brown and this book has not been a let down. As expected, he has captured the readers attention from the beginning and holds it until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by fat the worst book I have ever read. I actually use it as a conversation piece when discussing reading. Please only buy this book if you would enjoy taking notice to its many flaws. It is ridiculous and poorly constructed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 read. I liked it a lot. Read after Angels and Demons and Davinci Code.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
Just awful. The book lost credibility with me fast. It involves a contemporary consultant to the CIA who is supposed to not ever heard of the National Security Agency. I've heard of the NSA--as someone casually interested in public policy--decades ago. A very well-researched book on the agency, The Puzzle Palace was published in the 80s. There is a note at the front of the Digital Fortress claiming Brown consulted with anonymous sources in the agency for his novel. If Brown actually had, you'd think they might have told him right off that his hero would have to be a dolt never to have heard of the NSA, and so certainly wouldn't be consulted by the CIA. A minor thing? Perhaps. But coming so early in a not-very-well-written book, it killed it for me and I found it hard to read much further. I'm not a big fan of The DaVinci Code--I thought the writing clunky, the plot predictable, the history execrable. But it had at least the virtue of a provocative and ambitious premise. This doesn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line is very poor. Technically it is very interesting, if you are interested in cryptography. The characters are poorly drawn and the ones that are described as being extremely intelligent, do not live up to the billing.
Robin-M More than 1 year ago
Published in 1998, this is one of Dan Brown's earlier books, pre-dating the Da Vinci Code. I'd read it before, but had forgotten much of the plot until re-reading it recently. When this book was written, nobody had ever heard of the NSA (National Security Agency). When I originally read the book, I probably figured the NSA was a fictional government agency. As often happens, however, fiction later turns out to be reality. Much of what Brown wrote about the NRA in 1997 has become more true than even he ever could have imagined, making Digital Fortress a timely read today. And, while it is not as action-packed as Brown's later novels, it's a good read that will keep your interest all the way through. While the story-line stretches reality, in Dan Brown fashion, all of the characters are believable, relatable, and extremely interesting - also in the Dan Brown style of writing. I think I actually enjoyed it more, the second time around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a while. The writer takes you on a journey with well-developed characters and twists and turns in the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book almost fits right in with the news of the day, although the paperback version was actually around in 1998. The descriptions of seemingly futuristic technology keep you on the edge of your seat, and also make you look over your shoulder, wondering "what if...?" A great read...make sure you have time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor character development, too convenient connection points in story progress, illogical background events, unbelievable foundation of plot. Save your money,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Digital Fortress however, it did take me a while to finish it as I wasn't into it completely. While not a page turner it is certainly worth the read and I think it was @$2.99 so that makes it a real bargain!
mrbobskat More than 1 year ago
I really can't recommend this book, unless you are really into computers, & can write programs. It seemed repetitive, & not as riveting as his other books.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
A high tech thriller from the mid 90s shouldn’t hold up well nearly two decades later but Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress does pretty well. The book is bogged down by tech speak at times and other times that speak seems redundant in this day and age when everyone’s grandmother knows what Wi-Fi is. The characters are interesting but clichéd. There are some decent twists and a high intrigue level. Overall, this was a god book that I’m sure I would have enjoyed more had I read it in 1995.
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Great story but doesn't Brown always put together a great story. The plot is a little similar to his Robert Langdon stories, but yet is different in many ways. While the Langdon stories about about history and symbolic meanings, this story is about code breakers. Well researched, alot of suspense and on the edge of your seat, bitting your nails. Excellent read.
NDchef More than 1 year ago
After reading Digital Fortress, I had a new understanding of and appreciation for the writing style of Dan Brown. I couldn't put it down. His gripping style of writing lead me to page after page of action; I couldn't anticipate what was going to happen next. It was faced-paced, and brought out the best and worst of his characters' personalities. He is a master of putting it all together. I highly recommend this book for those who are interested in computers and science fiction. The description of the actions seems to float off the page as if you were literally there.
17_windows_of_oppurtunity More than 1 year ago
Unlike his other books, he focused mainly on one scene with 3 main characters in it. He had alot of character development in this book in his main scene, but in other scenes he had many charachters..very forgettable ones. i found myself flipping back pages to remember who they were referring to. his secondary scene featuring the spouse of the main character on his race to find a lost ring was simply hillarious. i laughed and one of the only things pushing me to the end was that part of the story. it is a good read IF YOU HAVE THE TIME. it is about 500 pages, so it takes up some time. if u have that time it is a pretty good book..just not "Dan Brown" worthy
Rae-Pants More than 1 year ago
Digital Fortress is by far one of the most mind boggling and deceiving books i have yet to read. It follows Dan Brown's line of work and you can see how he has written several other best selling novels. The characters are strong and the plot leaves you guessing right up until nearly the last page of the book. The only concern I have is that at times I would get lost as to what characters were playing for which team as far as the story line goes, which I guess is supposed to add to the drama and suspense of the novel but sometimes it was a little too much tossing and turning with inserts of confusion. A great read for a quick, kickback read or a rainy day.
GailP More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code because it had an interesting, engaging, and challenging plot to follow. My hope in reading this was to find it to be just as engaging. Although quite interesting (if you like the world wide web) I did not find any of it to be completely engaging and kind of pushed myself through it. Plot and characters were good enough but I was not personally invested in any but the male lead. In some respects I think it runs a bit over the readers head so you can't sink your teeth into it. I am sharing the book with others who read a lot. It's tough for an author to follow up with another great book after writing the likes of the DaVinci Code.
tom_warzyn More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure I would enjoy reading this book but was pleasantly surprised. Interesting characters and story line that kept me wanting to read more. Just when I thought I knew the outcome I was pleasantly surprised to find out I didn't. Can't wait for the next Dan Brown book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Dan Brown's writing style and story lines (with the exception of the one with the stuff in the ice). Although this one was not quite as intriguing or gripping as DaVinci Code, it was very good. I liked it better than Angels & Demons. I did not find it too technical to follow, and this is coming from someone with very little technical expertise or know-how. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put down the novel once I started it... It was thrill-packed, & painted a vivid picture of things & events happening in the story, much as he did with The Angels & Demons, & The Da Vinci Code. He is simply a good story teller, & that's what makes him an effective author. I can't wait to read his next novel. Oh yeah, I have yet to read Deception Point so I can have the honor to say, "I've read all of Dan Browns bestsellers."
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading the da Vinci Code. It was the last one I read and by now his formula for writing books was not working. Regardless, the ultimate downfall of this book is BAD WRITING. The characters are flat and annoying. Their actions are contradictory to their personalities -- for no other purpose than to move the 'plot' along. I think Dan Brown has a Word-a-Day calendar and he uses that new vocabulary word several times in the 10-15 pages of writing he produces that day. Words such as 'andalusian' are used several times in a 3 'chapter' span and then never again surface throughout the book. Most frustratingly, Dan Brown apparently never learned similes are functional and get the point across, but should not be used often as they can be extremely annoying and counterproductive to getting a point across. Towards the end of the book all these sentences are seriously used in less than 2 full pages: - "The commander rose through the trap door LIKE Lazarus back from the dead." - "Freon was flowing downward through the smoldering TRANSLTR LIKE oxygenated blood." - "Susan was standing before him, damp and tousled, in his blazer. She looked LIKE a freshman coed who'd been caught in the rain. He felt LIKE the senior who'd lent her his varsity sweater." [nice double simile, huh?] - "Her gaze was LIKE ice -- the softness was gone. Susan Fletcher stood rigid LIKE an immovable statue." [another one] "The puddle of blood beneath Hale's body had spread across the carpet LIKE an oil spill." Believe it or not, there are more in this 2 page space, but I'll stop here. Yes, the writing is THAT groan-inducingly bad. These two classics in the book make me laugh every time I think of them -- "Like in a cheap hollywood movie, the lights went out in the bathroom just as she heard the scream," and "any more interesting than last night and I'll never walk again." Ultimately, I did finish the book. BUT I WAS DISAPPOINTED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redundant to the extreme, 400 pages that should have been 100.