Dan Brown is not just Da Vinci Code This is a pretty good cyber thriller It resonates well in a world where data security and hacking are a part of the daily news Check it out if you are a fan of fast paced thrillers with lots of suspense It has short chapters, too, which I like a lot 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 And 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 Ingeniously Complex That If Released It Would Cripple US IntelligenceCaught In An Accelerating Tempest Of Secrecy And Lies, Susan 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 Back Cover Espa ol EnglishEste es el primer libro escrito por Dan Brown y, aunque es bueno, no tiene el mismo enganche que los siguientes Tampoco esta Robert Landon.La NSA ha interceptado un c digo pero no lo pueden decifrar La nica pista esta oculta en el cad ver de Ensei Takado, fallecido en Espa a This is the first book written by Dan Brown and, although it is good, it does not have the same hook as the following ones.Nor is Robert Landon.The NSA has intercepted a code but can not decipher it The only clue is hidden in the body of Ensei Takado, who died in Spain. The topic is quite interesting having an author perfectly fit the shoes of one so revered talking, of course about the late great Michael Crichton is truly magnificent, in my book This thriller is fast hooray riveting It is relevant to modern times some reviewers have gone as far as calling it plausible.But it must be said that its an adventure less compelling than The Da Vinci Code, even contrived devoid of interesting characters but plagued with dead ends, ineffective repetitiveness, empty journeys While many characters deal with differently major or minor catastrophes, the short chapters speed by The plot, if dissected, would resemble this a career girl therefore, one lacking of a personality, other than being described as being incredibly fond of expensive shoes as if such an example would underscore her femininity stuck in a compound, perplexed by computer screens and consoles, hurrying to save humanity before the doomsday clock strikes her boyfriend, a prof with sure and extreme luck out on a wild goose chase in Sevilla, Spain AWESUM , a fish out of water with a blind purpose and again, afflicted with the No Personality Syndrome along with his contemporary drones and other tech nerds, out trying to physically or technologically whatever that means the novel tries to personify what s intangible cyberspace um, save the planet There are codes and puzzles along the way, easy to decipher and sometimes overly explained by these tech and only tech minded, overpaid, individuals.Because it was educational, fun, sometimes I say this with a grain of salt unpredictable, it should be read Expect no Waugh or Hawthorne, but Crichton, or at least a worthy imitation It is definitely a dumb action adventure but if it captures you, and it will, then just take the ride It s as harmless as impersonating the protagonist your eyes will move and your body will mostly be in repose But something within the human machine will be processed in some way, surely. My book group chose this book and I will never forgive them.I ve never read anything by Dan Brown He doesn t write my type of fiction, so while I was aware that he s a huge success, I never bothered to pick any of his books up because I knew I wouldn t be interested.What I didn t know is how much of a shit writer he is.I m sure he cries into a giant pile of money every single time someone tells him that.Digital Fortress is about the government and secrecy Susan Fletcher works for a super top secret government agency called NSA that cracks codes to read emails and save the world How do I remember that her name is Susan Fletcher Susan Fletcher is referred to as Susan Fletcher on every page that Susan Fletcher appears on Apparently Brown is worried that people won t remember that Susan Fletcher is one of the main character is his book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.Susan Fletcher is the best code breaker NSA has Susan Fletcher is also beautiful and perfect and everyone loves her and wants to do her Susan Fletcher has a brilliant mind Susan Fletcher is also very attractive Susan Fletcher is also smart People look at Susan Fletcher and think to themselves How does an IQ of 170 fit into a body that attractive I am going to think of these thoughts so that the reader of Dan Brown s Digital Fortress will know what Susan Fletcher looks like in the book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown Your first drinking game is to take a shot every time someone chuckles.Your next drinking game is to empty a Red Solo Cup every time someone s eyes are described as strong hazel, deep green, inky black, sable, gray, or any other color that barely exists in real life Yes, people do have these eyes, and apparently they all live in Dan Brown s world Dan Brown wrote the book Digital Fortress.If you do not drink and are into health, do push ups or squats or something instead of pounding booze Either way, we re all going to crumple to the floor and throw up.When Susan Fletcher is called in to work on a Saturday by Commander Strath, head of NSA, Susan Fletcher knows that something must be very wrong Susan Fletcher was supposed to be on a vacation with her finance David Becker David Becker is beautiful and smart David Becker plays squash and no one minds when David Becker puts his entire head into the water fountain to wash away the sweat David Becker is that amazing.Turns out that the Commander has sent David Becker, Susan Fletcher s finance, to Spain, even though David Becker does not work for NSA Susan Fletcher thinks thoughts to tell the reader how important NSA is.Seriously, how is this guy a big name writer I just don t get it.Dan Brown, the author of Digital Fortress, does not have time for important things like Show, don t tell when it comes to writing his books Dan Brown wants to get to the important things like telling the reader how intelligent and beautiful Susan Fletcher and David Becker are Susan Fletcher and David Becker are engaged Susan Fletcher and David Becker have been engaged for six months Susan Fletcher tells David Becker this when she says You do remember we re engaged, don t you which is exactly what people in real life would say if they wanted to let you know that they were engaged.Susan Fetcher stays underground in the NSA bunker trying to figure out what is wrong with their giant, enormous, massive, expensive, costly, top secret, classified translator project The computer is used to cull through email and crack codes and save the entire planet It has done so successfully But now it has found a code that it cannot crack and Susan Fletcher has to use her beautiful body and intelligent mind to solve the problem.Meanwhile, in Spain, David Becker is on a crazy journey of his own He has to find a ring because it somehow has something to do with this code He is able to follow thin clues to track the ring from person to person Apparently David Becker, with no training because if he had training, someone in the book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, would have told us about it becomes the world s most brilliant detective Oh, and also David Becker is given stupid coincidences that tell him where to go next David Becker is smart and is able to use these giant arrows to find the next person to talk to.Of course everything turns out to be suspicious and there s lots of traitors and threats from every side One thing I did like about the book Digital Fortress, written by Dan Brown, is that there were parts where I honestly didn t know who the bad guy was Luckily Dan Brown quickly tells information to make me pay attention to a specific character in his book Digital Fortress and I, the reader, can get back to the important part which is remembering that Susan Fletcher and David Becker are engaged and they are both very intelligent and very beautiful.The crazy ending was kind of fun because everyone was in the same place sort of screaming and trying to solve the problem before the entire government was shut down, but other than that What the fuck, America This is one of our top selling authors In conclusion, I did not like the book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown Not only do I not care for this type of story, I could not get past the writing How does this happen I don t care if this makes me sound like a book snob, but seriously, this is who we ve chosen as one of our Must Read Authors For fuck s sake.My book group meets tomorrow and I m bringing a giant list of discussion questions Apparently they all hated the book too, including the two people who suggested it for this month Way to make the rest of us pay for your mistakes. . Digital Fortress, Dan BrownDigital Fortress is a techno thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published in 1998 by St Martin s Press The book explores the theme of government surveillance of electronically stored information on the private lives of citizens, and the possible civil liberties and ethical implications of using such technology 2009 1385 528 9789647533935 1386 20 1385 447 9645704804 There s a reason why everyone talks about The DaVinci Code and not about this book I have no idea what that reason would be, because I thought Angels Demons was mediocre so I never bothered to read the The DaVinci Code Anyway, I was bored and a copy of this was sitting at the library for a quarter and I thought WTF, mate, I ll give it a go The first page of chapter 1 starts with Susan Fletcher waking from a romantic dream to the ringing of the telephone Susan, it s David Did I wake you She smiled, rolling over in bed I was just dreaming of you Come over and play He laughed It s still dark out Mmm She moaned sensuously Then definitely come over and play We can sleep in before we head north That is not a transcription typo, or the manifestation of my unfocused rage It really does readMmm She moaned sensuouslyPlease feel free to vomit if you need to I ll wait.David then proceeds to postpone their plans to celebrate their six month engagement due to something hush hush, like maybe his being a big homo C mon, what sort of man is going to pass up some sweet, sweet lovin before disappearing on a mystery mission The kind who likes other men, that s what kind A handful of pages later, it becomes clear that Dan Brown has read too many Clive Cussler novels as we re treated to a description of David Becker Becker was dark a rugged, youthful thirty five with sharp green eyes and a wit to match His strong jaw and taut features reminded Susan of carved marble Over six feet tall, Becker moved across a squash court faster than any of his colleagues could comprehend After soundly beating his opponent, he would cool off by dousing his head in a drinking fountain and soaking his tuft of thick, black hair Then, still dripping, he d treat his opponent to a fruit shake and a bagel Is it just me or does this read like Dan Brown was typing this with one hand Why does Mr Stud have the same initials as the author Why would anyone want a sharp green wit And is fruit shake some sort of code for gay sex Is that why he is still dripping So then, after all this ran through my immature little mind, I remembered I had other books to read books that didn t suck horrifically within the first ten pages Yay for other books Oh, and I sold it to a used book shop for a dollar, so it was worth the quarter Yay for used book shops I work in the Information Technology field so relating to this book was easy for me I don t know anything about NSA National Security Agency and how they operate but I know stuff like encryption, algorithm, anagram, computer virus, code breaking, etc So, this book glued me from start to finish My officemate has been telling me that this is his favorite Dan Brown book He said that since I ve read all his 4 other novels, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point all 3 stars, i.e., I liked them and The Lost Symbol 2 stars, i.e., It s okay and I am glad that I finally read this book Hurray, I am now a Dan Brown completist I liked the story NSA has a program that can track personal conversations around the world One employee gets angry so he becomes a whistleblower NSA hires a pretty detective not yet Robert Langdon since this is Dan Brown s first novel and she is so hot most of the male characters in this book lust for her This lust for her body and for power as usual basically becomes the driving force for all these men to outwit or kill each other or even themselves The plot is a little overpopulated by characters and the twists are a bit too many to become coincidental However, this is Dan Brown s first novel so they are expected Just like any other first time novelists, Brown was trying to prove that he could intricately weave a suspenseful yet unbelievable plot.Wikipedia says that this book was based on real life incident in cryptography The story seems to tell me that Dan Brown not only did his thorough research on the topic but was also able to anticipate what NSA would do He was a step ahead of NSA or maybe the NSA was influenced by the book This one was not coincidence, I think Or maybe Dan Brown was clever enough to befriend an insider in NSA I just did not have any idea how a novelist could have access to NSA Or maybe I am reading too many suspense thriller books Robert Ludlum, Jeffrey Archer, Ken Follett, John Grisham, etc that my rational thinking is now tainted with all these far fetched possibilities or thoughts.Dan Brown was born on the same year I was, i.e., 1964 His books have been translated in many languages and stayed in New York s Bestsellers List and adapted into big movie blockbusters Wimps cannot do just those I like Dan Brown definitely not for his literary prowess, i.e., his writing is ordinary, but for his imagination and the efforts that he put in his research He just does not sit down and types away his thoughts He backs those up with facts He goes to the museums in Paris or Capital Building, looks up on all the writings or symbols on the wall, paintings, towers He reads history and current events and incorporates those to his plot So, let s spare this guy from our senseless tirades We just cannot ignore the fact that he knows his trade His books deserve to be read His efforts deserve to be appreciated.