Digital Fortress

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Digital Fortress by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786259793
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/14/2004
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 685
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.66(d)

About the Author

Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, which has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling novels of all time. Named one of the World's 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine, he has appeared in the pages of Newsweek, Forbes, People, GQ, The New Yorker, and others. His novels are published in 51 languages around the world. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he also taught English. Digital Fortress was inspired by his experiences at the academy. He lives in New England with his wife.


New England

Date of Birth:

June 22, 1964

Place of Birth:

Exeter, New Hampshire


Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain

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Digital Fortress 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 302 reviews.
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.
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!!
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.
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 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"'ll enjoy the results.
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.
History_and_Mystery More than 1 year ago
I will refrain from being verbose and keep this simple. I believe this was Dan Browns first thriller if I am not mistaken. Either this or 'Deception Point'. Anyway, this book is an excellent quick read and offers a solid thrill for the reader. It isnt 'Angels and Demons' but it is still worth reading, especially if you are a Dan Brown fan and want to have the complete collection for your library. -AKD
58tbird More than 1 year ago
Ok, I know this book was written before Angels and Demons, and Da Vinci Code so he is building his skills in this book. It is an interesting plot but the characters remind me of versions of his other famous characters and I was able to figure out the end before I got to it. I hate when that happens. It might have been because I read A & D, the Code, and Lost Symbol before reading Digi Fort, so it was easy to see where he was going with the story. I still hate senseless character terminations in any story, why do they have to kill off so many people for no reason. Dan Brown isn't the only writer guilty of that habit. All in all, if you like Dan Brown, you will probably like Digital Fortress, just know that it is not quite as sophisticated as Angels and Demons, the DaVinci Code or Lost Symbol. It was still a fairly enjoyable read, but I'll be reselling my copy, it won't remain in my permanent library.
Ben_Langston More than 1 year ago
Let it be known that Dan Brown Doesnt write unsatisfactory novels. That having been said, Digital Fortress is in my opinion still the weakest of his books. It is Thrilling enough to make up for the fact that its extremely confusing, especially the first time you read it, ive read it three times and it is a work of art, a fantastic novel in its own right.
Arleen1 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book at my husband's request. He had read it and loved it, so I took his advice and started. At the beginning I thought I wouldn't be able to read it to the end because it is a bit technical and I got a little bit lost at times BUT, it came to the point when I desperately needed to know what was going to happen. Dan Brown did it one more time, he managed to keep me wanting more and needing to know more. Wonderful group of characters and very creative plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely predictable and I had to force myself to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was like watching a train wreck. The only reason I finished reading it was to confirm the ending I guessed at the mid-point of the novel. I almost called the publisher after finishing to demand my money back. The technical errors are glaring. If you're going to write a book like this, take five minutes to speak with a cryptologist and another five with a sysadmin to get your facts straight. What a disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown has offered a peek into some very specialized and very frightening worlds. While providing a real computer thriller, something you simply can't put down, his writing takes you for a world tour, touching on three continents. His accuracy on techno-terms and world culture provides such realism that you will find your heart racing and your mind on two sides of some very important issue.
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