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Digital Fortress: A Thriller

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Written By: Dan Brown

Narrated By: Bruce Sabath

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: January 2004

Duration: 6 hours 40 minutes

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 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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  • David Castello

    I may be a bit biased because I am a techno-nut and love books involving math and science. I did enjoy this book. I also guessed the kill code well before the reveal. This was the only part of the book that I did not like. I did enjoy it.

  • Don C.

    I wish I could come up with a story premise like this. Because I KNOW I could write better than this. Criminally BAD writing. The supposedly intelligent characters constantly say and do incredibly stupid things. The descriptions are childish and repetitive, suggesting the author was paid by the word. I too was screaming out the answer to the mystery at the end 10 minutes before the morons in this book got it. The author may have a few scraps of technical knowledge. But, he knows nothing about culture (punk or intelligence). And if the NSA actually employs people this idiotic, the ACLU has nothing to worry about. If the system would allow, I'd give it NEGATIVE stars.

  • Jim C

    Perhaps the worst book I have read. Ending predictable (I was screaming "the answer" 10 minutes before the characters figured it out). "Hero" characters are constantly being bailed out by luck or other characters. "Experts" are the least intelligent people in the book. Overall, I'm not sure how Dan Brown stuck around long enough to deliever Angels & Demons after this dreck. Truly forgettable.

  • Anonymous

    I saw the ending of this book a mile away. It was OK, but nothing special.

  • Anonymous

    Enjoyed this very much. Dan Brown is a great writer.

  • Anonymous

    the premise of the book was interesting, but between the bad voices and the predictable "twists" I would not recommend this book to anyone. Boring, boring.

  • basketcase

    Loved the book. Love Dan Brown. The only problem is I guessed the kill code at 15 minutes to go

  • Kay

    Gret read. Another winner from Dan Brown. I like the acurate history he puts into his books.

  • Bruce Curson

    A good suspense novel that is set in the intelligence community. This is a typical Dan Brown writing with strong hero/heroine characters that develop nicely as the story unfolds. It will be especially appealing to those that have interest in computing or work in the technology industry. It is somewhat educational on internet privacy issues.

  • Anonymous

    Had the miles rolling away and kept me riveted as I listened. I guessed some of it before the end however he kept me questioning my conclusions until the end.