Fiction. Thriller. HTML: 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 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 U.S. intelligence. Caught 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. From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds. It is a battle for survival‚??a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius...an impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post-cold war balance of power. Fore
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Actually, you can imagine, or you can read Digital Fortress and find out for yourself. But I don't recommend it. Where the
I could go on, but I won't. Let me just say, in closing, that Digital Fortress was so stupid, my ears popped every time I opened the book.
This is a pretty fast-paced novel with lots of action on both fronts. As usual with a Dan Brown novel, things get a bit unbelievable at times, but that's what part of what makes them fun. He has created an interesting cast of characters and circumstances that really keep the storyline moving along at his usual break-neck pace. I had fun reading Digital Fortress and would recommend it to fans of Mr. Browns other works and also to those who enjoy thrillers along the lines of James Patterson if you haven't yet read any of Dan Brown's other works.
Apparently (according to my wife) my reading of this book was accompanied by frequent snorts of derision. Another review mentioned geeks would like it. In my opinion real geeks will cry if they read this.
Looking for cliches for your next fifth-grade writing project? Want weak, sodden dialog? Want to force yourself through 429 pages of a 150-page book? Knock yourself out: if you do it'll save
I generally shun popular fiction like _The Da Vinci Code_ and having read _Digital Fortress_ I am avoiding it like the plague, which would be more pleasant and have the decency to kill me when it was done with me so the memories would not scar me for the rest of my days.
I did not care for this book.
As with all Dan Brown novels I've read, derogatory comments about lack of characterisation and naffness of plot apply.
I would rate this book, but that would mean actually giving it half a star and I feel that it far too much.
I didn't like how the book made computer metaphors (Firewalls don't work that way!)
I didn't like how the book made cryptographers such idiots (I've spoken to some folks who know their way around an encryption algorithm and I'm *NOT* smarter than them).
I don't like
I didn't like that a Canadian measured someone in pounds (They use the metric system).
There are codes that can't be broken. (They're called one-way pads)
The technical errors in this book make me suspicious of other Dan Brown books.
Thank you, Dan, for making a world of proletarians think that somehow, they're just that much more special and
Having already read "The Davinci Code" and Angels & Demons" I decided to give "Digital Fortress" a read. Mr. Brown does not disappoint... this book was just
--- I read some of the other comments and I just want to say this is FICTION and is allowed to be full of government conspiracy theories and as one-sided as Mr. Brown sees fit. I really don't think he was trying to make an anti-political statement; but considering the recent NON-FICTION news related to the NSA intercepting all of our phone logs recently I think the book was may have a modicum of truth.
***Update: I figured out the code! It took me a while because I missed the obvious. I posted the answer on my blog if you're interested. (Nyxnekhbet on Livejournal.com)