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  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,026 ratings)

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Digital Fortress

By: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
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Summary

Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth—the National Security Agency (NSA)—in this thrilling novel, Digital Fortress.

When the National Security Agency’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. It is a battle for survival—a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius that threatens to obliterate the balance of world power…for all time.

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Critic reviews

"In this fast-paced, plausible tale, Brown blurs the line between good and evil enough to delight patriots and paranoids alike." ( Publishers Weekly)
" Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years...A chilling thrill a minute." ( The Midwest Book Review)
"Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers." ( Booklist)

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    2 out of 5 stars

Bad Science Bad Writing Bad Book

But well read the two stars ar eentirely for the naration if the reader had been less skilled I'd have given up. If I'd been trying to read it I'd probably have burned the book and given thought to burning Dan brown as well.

So what's so bad.

It starts okay, the characters are cliches genius linguist in the Indiana Jones mold (yes I know he was an archeologist) meets genius cryptographer that looks like she stepped off a catwalk (Jessica Alba would probably play her in the movie she's very smart but never uses those brains for anything.)

Any way they hook up and fall in love then get involved with a secret government project to secretly decript everyones e-mails. (this isn't really a spoiler you get this much on the back cover)

Okay so the action moves on for reasons tha tonly become apparently late on and don't really work the hero is sent to France to get hold of a mcguffin. Meanwhile the gf is set to do clever things with computers in an I.T. section where RSI is the least of her worries.

Okay so the plots bad and cliche, the characters aren't even cardboard they're paper thin and the environment are'ne hugely exciting even a cool IT suite is still a set of desks with a pc on the top.

Coincidence piles on coincidence on a large wobbly stack that is neither structurally sound or that interesting to watch being built.
Supposedly clever people act stupidly and miss things even the reader (who''s meant to be a lot less bright than these guys) has figured out and then the hero well meaing untrained amatuer that he is points out of all the things in this book this constant making everyone dumb so the hero seems start is the most irritating.

For the author and the book no stars for the reader 2 stars for heroic efforts at turd polishing.

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Unbelievably Bad!

This book is laughably bad!

From the corny hero decription 'seven foot tall with a rugged jaw and stealy blue eyes' etc, you know the kind of cliche drival at the start of the book, to the assassin who goes around killing characters for absolutely no reason midway, finally to the ridiculous end - five letter password - the baddy who's in love with Susan the heroin - can you guess the password?

Terrible.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great

Great story,Great listening, Great plot,and everything you would expect from Dan Brown, oh excellent

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    3 out of 5 stars

Absolutely average

Get on with it man, all tension is lost as a result of pure meaningless mumbling. The ending is Boring

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Don't believe the critics!

Despite what the poor reviews say, this book is not as bad as most people make out.

Yes, it has the typical Dan Brown flaws - poorly verified facts, a tendency to be glib and a mostly predictable plot. Still, there are enough twists to make it an interesting yarn and some good charactors.

I also absolutely love the epilogue where Ensei Tankando's dad has to bury him - it reminded me Theoden in the Two Towers. The depiction of the obnoxious little punk is also quite good, and you almost feel he deserves his fate (almost...)

Anyhow, if you're after a bit of light listening / stg for the trip to work, you could do worse than this book although do try 'Angels and Demons' 1st...

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

recommended reading

a different direction from Dan Brown but still a very good listen.
If you like Dan Brown's books you will enjoy this

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another great story

an excellent narrator telling another great story dy an exellent author with many twists to the story 😀

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Glad it's finished

I found the plot interesting but at times I thought I was listening to an episode of Scooby-doo, and found it both repetitive and annoying and had no interest in the characters at all and was glad when it was all over. Which was a shame as I had read deception point and enjoyed it as an easy holiday read.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

A good read for geek thrill seekers.

I enjoyed the concept of book, although a plot line was a touch predictable. I would have like to have seen a little character building.
None the less I found I really enjoyed it.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Digial Fortress

A wonderfull read, would recommend.

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