Deception Point

ISBN: 0671027387
ISBN 13: 9780671027384
By: Dan Brown

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes an explosive, high-tech thriller that takes readers from the chilling depths of the Arctic Ocean to the treacherous heights of Washington power. When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery -- a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before Rachel can contact the President, she and Michael are attacked by a deadly team of assassins controlled by a mysterious power broker who will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, their only hope for survival is to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all. In Deception Point, bestselling author Dan Brown transports readers from the ultrasecret National Reconnaissance Office to the towering ice shelves of the Arctic Circle, and back again to the hallways of power inside the West Wing. Heralded for masterfully intermingling science, history, and politics in his critically acclaimed, blockbuster thrillers Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, Brown has crafted a novel in which nothing is as it seems -- and behind every corner is a stunning surprise. Deception Point is pulse-pounding fiction at its best.

Reader's Thoughts

Mackenzie

Absolutely wonderful. I'm saying that right at the beginning. I love this Dan Brown book so much to the point of fangirling. I think this is Mr. Brown at his best and perhaps his more underrated books out of everything he's published so far. I also have no idea why it's not being made into series. Perhaps that's a good thing because too much of a good thing can make the magic disappear, but I think I could live with one or two more Michael Tolland book. I give props for the shocking twist at the end. I did not see it coming. For sheer entertainment value, this book has it all. To be quiet honest, I didn't mind so much the issues the book discusse or did I particularly care about the degree of truthfulness that the "conspiracy theories" this book provided. As with all Dan Brown stories, suspension of disbelief is still required to read it but, the heck with that! It was so much fun to read, what with the gripping action that ran throughout the whole story. Actually this book had me at "NASA". (Apparently, I'm that much of a geek.) But then Rachel Sexton and Michael Tolland are such compelling characters as well. I was rooting for the both of them since page 1 and I wanted them not only to come out of this ordeal alive, but to have a happy ending. I was even in support of the romance that sparked between them, although I usually ignore the more lovey dovey parts in this genre. In this book, however, I thought their romance made sense.Simply put, best Dan Brown book so far. A genuine page-turner.Also: why is it not being made into a movie?

Patrick Gibson

Why you ask? Hell people, I read Clive Cussler and David Gibbins—what do you expect? These books are like desert (at a fancy restaurant—not my house). You read them for the sugar content and comparison. Then, when you start something by, lets say, Cormac McCarthy, you remember ‘Deception Point’ and congratulate yourself ‘ah—the English language will survive and your brain just may not have turned to pudding.’But here’s the caveat: before it was popular to hate Dan Brown and that whole DaVinci pile of crap—he wrote a couple good books (three to be exact). If you took ‘Deception Point’ and put James Rollings name on it you would probably go ‘oh, this is pretty good.’ There’s the rub.I am a sucker for anything buried. From pyramids, ancient scrolls, alien spaceships, to big mysterious chunks of rock. (Jack McDevitt comes up with lots of buried items in his books—that’s just an aside). You’ve found Atlantis? I’m there. So anyway, in ‘Deception’ NASA has pinpointed a meteor containing proof life exists beyond our neighborhood. The author throws in a lovely female protagonist (woo-hoo) and a hunky male protagonist (of course), a villain (hiss) and a government embroiled in deception and cover up (what? you’re kidding?).Some of the ideas are actually interesting. The strength of a thriller for me is the ‘descriptive aject-action-tive.’ If a writer can sustain a series of thrilling (albeit preposterous) sequences for more than a few pages then I am ready for the ride. Dan Brown can do it—and quite well. If DaVinci hadn’t come along Brown would be producing a nice shelf of thrillers. There are a few sequences that have a high ‘wow’ factor. The plot is a little ponderous—but no more so than a typical Cussler. There’s some descriptive imagery (particularly in the Arctic) that stick in your brain for a while. Atmosphere, A; Action, A; Plot, C; Character Development, yah right.

Nikki

The formula is pretty simple:Big Mystery + Male Protagonist + Female Protagonist + Code to Solve + OMG TRAITOR WITH TWISTED MOTIVES = Best Selling Novel.And it's worked, so I guess we can't hate on him too much. There are people who swear his books are the best thing they've ever read -- I certainly wouldn't say that. But they are successful and I have to confess, even I like them, and when it comes to books I am Picky with a most definite capital P.Digital Fortress is the first one I've reread -- I read it yesterday. Coming straight from that into Deception Point, I've noticed very quickly that Dan Brown recycles description/emotional response."Although she had practically lived in Crypto since its completion three years ago, the sight of it still amazed her. The main room..." - Digital Fortress"As Rachel made her way into the maze of bustling corridors beyond, she was amazed that even after six years she was still daunted by the collosal scope of this operation. The agency..." - Deception Point"Susan waited for the punchline, but it never came." - Digital Fortress"Rachel waited for the punchline. It never came." - Deception PointAll his characters might as well be the same people -- David Becker (Digitial Fortress) might as well be Robert Langdon (Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code) -- ordinary people caught up in higher things, in over his head and things somehow work out fine. Susan Fletcher (Digital Fortress) is, like Rachel Sexton (Deception Point) a professional woman, pretty, the best in her field, similarly in over her head and somehow coming out okay.Also, the infodumps get terribly annoying. A brief bit of dialogue and then an absolute shedload of explanation. Another characteristic of Dan Brown's novels -- all very formulaic, as I said.But hey, it's a formula that works.

Komal

Laughable. Like Nancy Drew with more sex and more cliffhangers.It follows the sexy Dr, er, Sexton as she investigates the discovery of a meteor. She travels to the Arctic and meets token hot adventurous guy who was missing in her life, has to fend off a bunch of creepy assassins and solve the mystery of the misleading meteor.There's a lot of suspects that they go through Scooby-Doo style and some rather interesting science talk.Also the book starts off with a lot of characters, but apparently Dan Brown has NO idea what to do with them all so he keeps killing them off after they act their part as important plot devices. So yeah.To be fair some of this book is quite good- but some of it is also quite bad. It's a nice thriller to waste some time on if you please, but don't expect anything good by way of writing, style, characterization, themes etc. Just a cheap thriller for a bunch of high school kids with ADD I think.

Morticia Addams

O MY GOD. This is the happiest day of my life. I'M FINALLY DONE WITH THIS HORRIBLE BOOK. Okay, let me complain.Like I said before: 1. The whole meteorites and ocean life doesn't interest me. 2. I don't even understand most things? We (readers) don't work for NASA, so don't write and tell a story like we understand all of those things. I think that was Dan Brown biggest mistake, because in my opinion he really ruined the book because of those things. I have to say that the last chapters were 'good'. I finally understood everything (what was happening in that moment) and it was fine. And because of that I give it one star, but if it was up to me in the beginning I'd gave it no stars at all.Despite of this horrible book Dan Brown is still one of my favourite writers. I loved all of his other book that i've read. I'm curious about The Lost Symbol and Inferno!

Odai Alsaeed

رواية مفعمة بالاثارة زاد من جمالها ذلك الخيال المرتبط بالتكنولوجيا وتلك المعلومات التقنية التي وظفها دان براون ضمن نسق منظم وجميل . لا يخلو الكتاب من نقد مبطن وايضا صريح لامريكا وذلك الاسراف الذي يضيع هباء من اجل الهوس الفضائي والغلو فيه يعيب الرواية تلك الاطالة التي يكثر فيها الكاتب من التفاصيل التي بعضها لا تفيد القارئ وسوف ينساها باي حال بعد الانتهاء من قراءتها ولكن بشكل عام الرواية جذابة وتستحق القراءة وهي مشوقة لآخر مدى.

Tracey

I borrowed this from my father-in-law; like nearly everyone else, I'd read The Da Vinci Code earlier this year & was interested in seeing what else Brown had done. Rachel Sexton, a data analyst/gister for the National Reconnaissance Office, is asked by the President of the United States to go on a rather unusual (and very secret) mission. She finds this odd, as her estranged father is currently running against the current President. This mission takes her to Antarctica, where she is asked to evaluate the veracity of a meteorite that contains fossils. Other experts, including the dashing oceanographer Michael Tolland (who oh-so-conveniently is recently widowed) are onsite as well, providing their input. However, as confusing evidence starts coming to light, people associated with the project start disappearing. Who has something to hide, and how far are they willing to go to save it? This book reads like a combination of Michael Crichton & Tom Clancy; whether that's a good thing or not depends on your tastes. It starts out a bit slow, but the action is soon non-stop, with the intrigue, heavy-handed foreshadowing and hairs'-breadth escapes from certain death fitting the stereotypical thriller mold. There's a couple of interesting notions in the book; but nothing nearly as intellectual-appearing as the DVC. I'd classify it as a beach read - the equivalent of summer blockbuster movies. IMHO, it was written with an eye to becoming a Major Motion Picture; so if you go in expecting to roll your eyes occasionally at the coincidences, and are willing to expend some literary adrenaline, you'll probably be mildly entertained.

Madeline

This was read at the tail-end of my brief Dan Brown phase (let he who has never enjoyed an airport-bookstore novel cast the first stone), and by this point I was getting a little tired of Brown's storytelling formula. And by "formula", I really mean "formula". Here it is:How To Make A Guaranteed Bestseller in Fifteen Minutes or Less-1 intelligent, bookishly handsome man who in no way is supposed to be Dan Brown of course not why do you ask-1 really intelligent, preferably foreign woman who has an IQ of like a billion but the important thing is she is hot and has very low standards as far as men go (see protagonist)-5 exotic locations, more if you prefer-25 full pages of technical/historical/whatever background information that serves only to show the audience how goddamn smart the author is-3 conspiracy theories found after 5-minute Google search-8 death-defying situations and improbable escapes-1 villain of cartoon-level evilness-3 OMG SO SCANDOLOUS revelations that will ROCK THE FUCKING WORLDBlend until well combined (or not so well combined, whatever) bake at 350 degrees until it can be adapted for the screen in five minutes or less, serve hot to adoring public on plates made of $100 bills.

Sofia

This is the third book by Dan Brown that I have read (the other two being The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons) and I think by now it's safe to say that I don't like him as an author. This book, like the others, reads too much like a Hollywood script for me (in fact I can totally see this being made into a movie). It's not necessarily a bad thing I guess, just not to my personal taste. Also, if you've read other books by him you'll know what to expect: a male and a female protagonist, a mystery, lots of conspiracy theories, dangerous situations to survive miraculously from, and a twist at the end. This time though, we are not dealing with religious sects but with the NASA, the CIA and the government.Like I said, this formula isn't necessarily a bad thing, and I'm guessing Dan Brown fans will like this book. But I must admit I found it a little boring and predictable, so I can't recommend it.

Cadrabble

This is a real page turner. Quite an easy read that pulls the reader in with a fascinating plot, the occasional twist, and an energy to his writing that keeps one thinking where the story is leading to. Dan Brown manages to paint a vivid picture of the characters and surroundings, without laboring on details. Highly recommended.

Joe

I have read all of the "Professor Langdon" series by Dan Brown. Some of them are good, some not so much but they are all basically the same book. A travelogue adventure in exotic locales mixing (pseudo)history and (pseudo)science with adventure and PG-13 romance. I wanted to read "Deception Point" to see what Dan Brown was like when writing a different kind of book.Oh, sweet, silly Joe, you are so naive. "Deception Point" is EXACTLY the same book as all of his others, for better or worse. I had to try and be fair to this book. I want to judge a book based on what it is going for and against other books in the particular genre. After all, "Deception Point" came before "The DaVinci Code", "The Lost Symbol", and "Inferno". If anything, I should be made at those books for copying this one. Plus, this one didn't include all the hero worship of Professor Langdon which has gotten pretty ridiculous in the last several outings. Although, the protagonists in it were worshipped aplenty.I don't regrudge Dan Brown for writing using this formula over and over. It has obviously worked well for him and he's good at it. But Dan please, please, please, for me...next time just write a book that takes place in more than 24 hours. You can do it! That small change would be so interesting to see from him.So Joe, when are you going to actually talk about "Deception Point"? Okay, okay, stop being pushy. A meteorite is found at the North Pole with something very interesting inside. A Senator who will stop at nothing to become POTUS. That same Senator's daughter fighting to get out of his shadow. A sexy version of Jacques Cousteau may end up boneing her (spoiler alert: He totally does). That is literally all you need to know. It's a fun, light, entertaining, and highly predictable read. (I wonder if the authority figure that we trust the most will betray us? That would never happen!) You tolerance level for this, will determine your enjoyment of the book.

Huda Yahya

يبهرني دان براون كل مرة بغزارة معلوماته وثقافته الشاملة في مجالات عديدةوكل مرة يختار براون موضوعا لرواية من رواياته تجده قد تجهز جيدا ودرس وبحثواستطاع عرض هذه المعلومات القيمة بطريقة لا تسبب مللا ولا تنقص من تشويق روايتهبل بالعكستؤدي لإثرائها وتميزها عن أي رواية تشويق أخرىوهذه المرة يبحر بي براون في عالمي المفضلفدائما المجال العلمي يثير فضولي ومتعتي ورغبتي الدائمة في المعرفةومجال الفضاء يستهويني من أمد بعيدأحب ناسا واكتشافاتها وطاقمها ودوما أتذكر العظيم كارل سيجن الذي كان أول من علمني أن العلم أكثر متعة بكثير من أي فانتازيا خيالية في كتاب حكاياتلذا استمتعت بكل ما كان يتعلق بالنيازك والحفريات ومركبات الفضاءوهذا الخيال العلمي المتشبث بالواقعوهذه القدرة العجيبة لدى براون على التلاعب بنا كقراء مرة بعد مرةأحببت راتشيل ولم أشعر بالخيبة كما توقعت لأن روبرت شخصيتي الخيالية الجميلة الطيبة لن يصحبني معه هذه المرة في محاولته لحل الألغازصحيح أن هناك شيء كبير مفقود بغيابهإلا ان براون نجح في دمج عنصرا الخيال والتشويق وقدم لنا مرة اخرى رواية محفزة للخيال مليئة بالمعلومات المبهرةملحوظةألا تشعر أن دان براون احيانا يصنع رواياته وكأنه سيناريو لفيلم سينمائي؟لأنني في هذه الرواية بالذات لم انفك أشعر بذلك وبقوة#هامشلا لم اجد ما يساوي متعتي بشيفرة دافنتشي بعدولكن عندي أمل:)

texast

i'm not a big fan of the "thriller" genre, but an ex-boyfriend left this book in my suitcase once and I decided to give it a go. it was an extremely quick and easy read, and was entertaining enough for me not to throw it out.like most books of this caliber, it contains the following:a rugged, sexy, recenlty widowed or divorced guy with highly specialized job.a super smart, beautiful woman who has a great job (lawyer, doctor, politician, etc) and who doesn't know how pretty she is.some over-the-top side kicks you know are gonna get killed. chases, guns, sexual tension, secrets, backstabbing, murder, corny one-liners.

Michelle

My four stars may have something to do with the fact that I am moving from Texas. And as such, I am leaving behind family. I'm an emotional wreck...feeling sort of gutted, actually. And so I say thank you Dan Brown. Thank you for writing an entirely unbelievable but completely entertaining piece of stock thriller fiction. I'm glad I can count on you to come through with such an engrossing distraction. I might have to go out and find myself a copy of Digital Fortress now. Because I might still be in need of more distractions.The basics? Rachel Sexton is a really smart intel expert working for the NRO. Her father is the hot shot senator du jour, Sedgewick Sexton, a man who is all set to take the White House from the current president, Zach Herney. And then NASA, standing on the brink of totally catastrophe, makes an incredible discovery. Senator Sexton's outspoken criticism of the agency may now jeopardize his run for the White House and catapult President Herney back into the White House for another four years. But when Rachel makes a shocking discovery and her life is put in danger, Senator Sexton's play for the White House might be saved.So let us be entirely honest and call a spade a spade. This book is pure nonsense. It goes beyond the bounds of all plausibility. But Brown uses real technology and scientific discovery to advance the plot. Certainly his use of said technology and discoveries stretch my limits of suspending disbelief, but that is what makes Brown's books so fun. He takes something real and pushes the limits of what could happen...if. That is the first thing I like about the book. It's obvious that Brown spends time doing his research. So even if the antics are far fetched, at least he uses real and interesting developments in science.Second, it's fast...really fast. Everything happens in a matter of about thirty-six hours. Again, really far fetched, but it moves the story along. There is no time for a lull in the plot when everything comes together so quickly. Brown is the master of cramming the action into short windows. It sort of leaves you feeling exhausted when you come to the climax. I like that.What's more, he stays focused on the conflict and doesn't weigh down the plot with needless sexual exploits. It's suggested, of course. And Senator Sexton is, well, let's just say he's the typical prototype of the power hungry politician, so of course there is that scandal. But it fits in with modern politics and, more importantly, the plot of the story. And there is no graphic depiction, in any case. Again, it's something I appreciate because personally I want the story to focus on the development of the conflict, and in this case, it does. And I have to admit, I was surprised at the end. I thought Brown was leading me down one road, but I ended up somewhere else entirely. Now I suppose that there may have been some sort of clues that would suggest the ending I got, but I didn't see them coming. I was so caught up in the action that I didn't really pay attention. That's the mark of a good thriller, and I thought Brown did a great job disguising any trace of who does what. Like I said, it is stock...entirely and completely unbelievable. But it is pure escapism. And for that reason alone, I highly recommend.

Maggie L

** spoiler alert ** Deception Point... I've been reading this book since 2003. This is the fifth time that I've read it. I love this book.The book is about a conspiracy within the government, to save an election and a government agency that is at fault. A book about a government conspiracy and the lengths that a person will go to win an election. During the heart of a Presidential Election, a once in a life time find is found. A group of sciences confirm the finding of a meteor and live on somewhere other than earth. A find that would save a failing out-dated agency, but the find is too good to be true. Rachel Sexton, a NRO Agent, and the daughter of the President's opponent is in on the find. And she is in on the discovery of description and murder. As Rachel and those who know the truth run from those looking to murder them, they have to fight to stay alive. And Rachel faces a foe that she never expected to have, and a foe she always knew existed but didn't know hoe ruthless he really was. In the end, things work out how they should.A great book, a techno-thriller for those who love spy thrillers with a touch of unbelievable science

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