Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress

by Dan Brown
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Papileal714 More than 1 year ago
The novel is ingenious in a way not many other books are. In most thrillers you would expect gunfights and bombs, although the fights in this book are not run that way. They are clever battles planned through precision that will make you want to read faster so that you know what will happen. From cathedrals and hospitals in Spain to buildings in Tokyo to top-dollar facilities in the US, the book will take you on an unforgettable ride. It is a web between several stories that are happening at the same time, making your reading experience even more intense. I have read the book once and I'm going for the second time already. Nevertheless, I am still anxious to be submerged into the mystical world Dan Brown has created every time I grab the book. I strongly recommend this book. If you like puzzles that are more than what is just written on paper, this is the book for you. The NSA is the most powerful intelligence agency in the world. It's mission to intercept and decipher computer algorithms in emails and such, so that terrorist can be intercepted before their attacks even come to light. They have already prevented 3 nuclear attacks, and dealt with thousands of terrorist threats. Without the NSA, the FBI, DEA and many other agencies that keep the world at peace would be worthless. The NSA finds itself in trouble when they learn about Ensei Tankado's new, unbreakable algorithm: Digital Fortress. Ensei Tankado was once one of the NSA's most brilliant cryptographers. Upon his discovery that the NSA was building a machine that could open and re-seal any email it wished to, he became outraged. Upon Commander Strathmore's refusal to abort the operation, Ensei quit his job in a fit of fury and swore that they would be sorry. A few months later, he holds the NSA hostage and possesses the world's most sophisticated algorithm. After the routine ID checks, finger scans and such, Susan Fletcher innocently arrives at the Scy-Sec lab only to encounter one of the rarest things she has ever seen in the NSA: Commander Strathmore's face of distress and anxiety. Even when nuclear attacks were on the border of execution, Commander Strathmore had never lost his face of confidence and determination. That day was different. TRANSLATR, a multi-billion dollar machine with three million processors that was capable of breaking sixty-four bit algorithms in a matter of seconds, had been running for sixteen hours straight. Digital Fortress was immune to the National Security Agency's mighty brain. Without TRANSLATR, terrorist would be able to chat and email with no worry of being spied on, and the US would be vulnerable to all imaginable attacks. In the meanwhile, David Becker, Susan's splendid husband, is in a corporate jet flying to Spain to assist solving the present dilemma. What he does not know is that he is in danger and is being closely watched and followed.
teacher-teach More than 1 year ago
I was hooked by this and couldn't put it down. Twists and turns, exciting technology, this fast paced book is great to read on a rainy day.
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.
BigBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Another great plot and story by Dan Brown. He continues to really impress me with his ability to take facts and twist them creating these great stories. This book centers around code breaking and the NSA. Dan Brown loves to create these stories that not only keeps readers on the edge of their seats but also makes them mentally focus on the material at hand. This book kept me interested the entire time I read it and if you like mystery or fictional history you would definately like this book!!
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.
Blandy More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was so-so. The book just never quite drew me in. I thought that Deception Point was a better book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only opened the book once. Because when I closed the cover I was finished with the book. Excellent for any military/intelligence buffs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 read. I liked it a lot. Read after Angels and Demons and Davinci Code.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"Digital Fortress" starts out quickly and continues down a high-speed road of twists, turns and surprises. The basic premise is that a disgruntled former employee of the NSA has allegedly created an unbreakable encryption algorithm that he's threatening to release into the open - effectively rendering our anti-terrorism monitoring programs worthless. However, this man has died - and nobody knows who is now in control of this monster. More importantly...is this technology really what it appears to be? As a computer geek, I enjoyed the authentic technology described in the book (though some of it was a bit "off"). Brown does his usual great job of building suspense and gradually guiding the reader to the final solution - which is almost never what it seems. I'll admit...I guessed wrong on this one. It's a great read that you will burn through quickly (it's short book compared to some of his others). Not as good as his other books, but break into this "Digital Fortress"...you'll enjoy the results.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brown attempts to use the same format that was so successful in 'Angels and Demons' and 'The Da Vinci Code' but falls short. The plot is weak, the characters are underdeveloped, and it is a chore to even finish this book. I do not recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Techno-thrillers need to be well done and Brown has done that. As one who is in the computer world I find some of the assumtpions that underlie the story to be a little far fetched, but then again 15 years ago no one guessed what today would be like. There are enough potential bad guys to keep you guessing until nearly the end. For those who think the government is always 'up to something' this book will reinforce those feelings. Unfortuately, I can put names to many characters in this novel. That's what makes it more real.
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.