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.

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Luís

Em A CONSPIRAÇÃO o assunto polémico dos livros de Dan Brown desta vez foi política versus ciênciaEm A CONSPIRAÇÃO somos levados a um complexo jogo de interesses que se desenrola nos bastidores da eleição presidencial norte americana justamente quando há uma grave crise na Agência Espacial(NASA)e sua respectiva alarmante descoberta.Em meio de uma acirrada disputa pela presidência,o actual presidente Zack Herney acredita na NASA e no poder que ela confere ao país com as suas pesquisas,e mais do que isso,quer protegê-la dos investidores que gostariam de usar a imagem da Agência Espacial para fazer marketing.O candidato da oposição Sedgewick Sexton, ao contrário,quer desmoralizar a NASA,visando divulgar as grandes quantias que são gastas com as experiências que não justificam um alto investimento.O desenrolar da historia é a grande descoberta de um meteorito supostamente com fósseis extraterrestres encontrado na Plataforma de Gelo de Milne,no Pólo Árctico.Para dar credibilidade á descoberta,o presidente Herney convoca três cientistas altamente credenciados,cada um na sua especialidade.Dois deles são os protagonistas desta obra:Rachel Sexton,uma depuradora do NRO (responsável por elaborar relatórios para a Casa Branca de todos os assuntos que qualificar como importantes)que estrategicamente foi chamada por ser filha do senador Sexton,rival do presidente,e Michael Tolland,um oceanógrafo apresentador de um programa científico, documentário semanal de alto índice de audiência.A partir daí segue-se uma fórmula que Dan Brown usa em quase todos os seus livros:a de um casal romântico revelando mistérios.Outro cliché do autor é ter grandes reviravoltas com um dos seus personagens mais para o final.Para mim alguns detalhes técnicos foram desnecessários e até confusos (talvez por não dominar certas áreas discutidas no livro),pois em alguns capítulos eu tive a impressão de estar a ler um livro de física ou de biologia.Claro que estes detalhes são óptimos para aprofundar o universo descrito pelo autor e também para dar veracidade à obra,mas ainda assim acho que o autor se excedeu um pouco nesse aspecto.Penso,com toda a naturalidade e um pouco de coerência,a de afirmar que o livro tem o seu brilho nos momentos de acção e nas revelações e reviravoltas da trama.Volto peremptoriamente,a afirmar,que não é dos meus escritores de topo.NOTA FINAL DO CONJUNTO: 3.8

عــــادي

بداية مملة بشكل لا يوصف إعتدنا على الكم المعلوماتي الغزير في رويات براون ولم تشذ هذه عنهم إلا إن المعلومات هنا كانت ( تخصص ) أكثر من كونها عامة لذا بدت مملة جدا وكأنك في درس حتى إني بدأت القفز لتخطي تلك المعلومات والتي لا تعنيني !! قبيل المنتصف تبدأ الإثارة وتتسارع الأحداث المثيرة وتبلغ الإثارة ذروتها حين يتحول براون لأجاثا كريستي بعد أن يقذف بك الى أقصى زاوية بعيدا عن توقعاتك ، هدفه المقرر قذف المتلقي بعيدا إلا إن الدافع والمبرر لم يكن مقنع بالنسبة لي على الأقل بخصوص مدير مركز الإستطلاع ، أعتقد إنه أخفق في صناعة الدوافع ولا يمنع إن فكرة الرواية كانت في قمة الإبداع .

Mike Philbin

I came down really hard on Dan Brown's ANGELS AND DEMONS, but this 'earlier' book is really quite an enjoyable page-turning ride.Halfway through and I haven't 'thrown it against the wardrobe in anger' yet.Couple days later: this book was a really quite good, entertaining, nail-biting read.

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.

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:)

Eniko

I'm actually giving this book three and a half stars.I went into it pretty skeptical. There are two things I could say about Dan Brown, based on his other books: 1, he can come up with amazingly interesting, page-turner plots and 2, somewhere along the way he manages to lose you in the writing. The Davinci Code certainly had its "Ummm... WHERE was that set up?!" moments. Angels and Demons and Digital Fortress almost sounded like the same book to me, right down to the long-lost family members. So, skeptical. Nevertheless, this book was used and cheap, and I was curious. Not to mention, I needed a good Bad Novel to immerse myself in to forget about the world for a while.I was pleasantly surprised. It is certainly a page-turner, with cliffhanger chapter endings of the "little did they know" variety. Granted, some of the subsequent events were a disappointment after the cliffhanger, like when the heroine, Rachel Sexton, gets in a helicopter to go meet the president and, heading towards the White House, the chapter ends with, "little did she know it would never reach the White House." (loosely quoted) So, of course, the reader is left wondering what will happen. Are they shot out of the sky? Does she sense danger and jump out before they take off? WHAT? I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but the answer, though the plot still remains interesting, is kinda mundane, considering the setup.Still, it's a page-turner. Dan Brown has a knack for drawing us in. I sometimes thought I would NEVER find out what NASA had found in the ice. At other times, I wished I could crane my neck and look inside the book to the extraction hole. WHAT was everyone staring at in all these (thankfully short) chapters? WHAT was the water doing that it shouldn't have been? Obviously something important, if suddenly someone wants to kill whoever knows about it.Besides the main plot, there are many interesting sub-plots and I like the fact that the book is told from different angles, depending on which character is being talked about. There is Rachel's father, Senator Sexton, who is in the running in the presidential campaign, and running dirty. A despicable man who doesn't disappoint right up to the end. There is the president himself Zachary Herney, who prides himself on honesty, and his senior advisor Marjorie Tench, who is very disagreeable but is very efficient at getting whatever job is at hand done. There is a covert op unit of three men, Deltas One, Two and Three, respectively, along with their boss, the controller. I have to admit, I had the controller figured out pretty nicely and was waiting smugly for the person to be revealed - only to find out I was wrong! Well done, Brown!I must say I liked the writing as a whole. I like the joking among the scientists and the way Corky talks about Dr. Mangor because of her less-than-charming personality. (When Ming mentions that she once got lost in a snowstorm and survived on seal blubber for over a month, Corky slyly comments that it was that long because "I heard no one was looking" (for her)). The inevitable scientific explanations were thankfully short instead of drawn out, and the at first seemingly amazing plot begins to sound possible and believable. I also love how Brown injects more humor by letting the reader know what people are thinking in using italics in dialogue.*spoiler alert, despite my best intentions*My only gripe is near the end when the underwater volcano erupts, creating a geyser of steam that shoots up out of the sea, which in turn created a void that water rushes into, pulling everything down with it. Of course Rachel's hero Michael Tolland is in the water at this point, but swims toward the surface and excapes. (Not much mention was made of the poisonous gasses that must have also escaped the volcano.) But that's my only gripe. Really. I don't even mind the submarine picking up the THUMP...THUMP...THUMP, but that miraculous escape was worthy of Jack and Rose's miraculous swim to the surface in the Titanic movie, and in my opinion totally unbelievable. (Okay there is also the part where Rachel actually makes it out of the sinking sub, despite the power of all the water rushing in which really should have her trapped. But that's it.) Other than that, I like the book. Read it if you're a Dan Brown skeptic.

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.

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.

LJ

DECEPTION POINT – VGBrown, Dan – 2nd book, Stand Alone Struggling to rebound from a series of embarrassing blunders that have jeopardized its political life at the start of this lively thriller, NASA makes an astounding discovery: there is a meteor embedded deep within the arctic ice. And it isn't just any meteor. Inside the huge rock, which crashed to earth in 1716, are fossils of giant insects proof of extraterrestrial life. Yet, given NASA's slipping reputation, the question arises: Is the meteor real or a fake? That uncertainty dogs NASA and its supporters in Brown's latest page-flipper, a finely polished amalgam of action and intrigue. Trying to determine the truth are intelligence agent Rachel Sexton and popular oceanographer Michael Tolland, both among the first to suspect something is amiss when the meteor is pulled from the ice. Their doubts quickly make them the targets of a mysterious death squad controlled by someone or something that doesn't want the public to hear the meteor may be a fraud. Together, Sexton and Tolland scramble across arctic glaciers, take refuge on ice floes, are rescued by a nuclear submarine, then find themselves trapped aboard a small research vessel off the coast of New Jersey. All the while, the nation's capital is buzzing as to whether NASA has engaged in deception. Or is NASA just a dupe for aerospace companies that have long wanted a bigger share of space contracts?A rip-roaring action thriller by the author of The Da Vinci Code. This is a stand-alone focused on a Presidential election, NASA and a remarkable discovery. Another non-stop ride.

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.

Laura

Deception Point didn't really get interesting until about 170 pages in, and I almost gave up on it. Despite this, I'm glad I didn't, but it isn't as good as the Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons. The parallels with his other characters in these books as well, annoyed me quite a lot. In the Da Vinci Code Robert Langdon has claustrophobia and has to overcome his fear; he also gets thrown together with two intelligent, attractive women in both the Da Vinci Code and its prequel. In Deception Point, Rachel Sexton is an intelligent, attractive woman, who happens to have a phobia of open water and subsequently finds herself locked in a submarine sinking to the bottom of the ocean; where she gets thrown together with an intelligent, attractive man. For all of the craft that goes into the plot of Dan Brown's stories, you'd have thought he would bother to alter his characters' motivation and obstacles a little from book to book...

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?

Liz

Ok I have read 4 of the 5 Dan Brown books and I have come up with a user friendly recipe that anyone can use to create their own pulp fiction Dan Brown creation.Add 1 strong, intelligent, attractive career woman.Add 1 semi-strong, (but not as strong as the woman) man, that is semi-sucessful in his chosen career path (but not as successful as the woman) attractive, sensitive and totally not threatened by the strong intelligent woman.Mix these two well but don't over mix because they will spend most of the book kinda liking each other, but not in a way that de-tracts from the main storyline even though its obvious that at the end they will end up in each other arms/beds, but not in a shades of grey kind of way.Add 2 strong older, successful authoritative men, that are firm but fair and take the strong intelligent woman seriously, mentor here but are protective because they:a. secretly love her or b. see her as a daughter replacement.Add a sprinkling of other characters that move the storyline along, add some comic value but you don't really have to invest much time or thought into.Add a large helping of historical/scientific facts that are inaccurate (or that sound pretty accurate to the non-educated reader) or have stolen from an already written, less reader friendly, non-fiction book that not many people know about or have read.Add a splash of professional killer/killers hunting down the main characters, but are obviously not professional enough to kill them off. Mix all ingredients together and select a couple of back drops that are slightly exotic and may help the tourism industry in this particular location. Cook ingredients for 400-600 pages with short chapters that move back and forth between scenes, ensuring the low attention span reader does not get too bored.Finally serve with a 'twist' that the evil person hunting them down/causing the drama is one of the old trusted guys that the strong woman trusted and is totally shocked and devastated but leaves no lasting or significant psychological impacts or male trust issues. Voila; you now have a big chunk of Dan Brown magic!

Rike Jokanan

Akhirnya tuntas sudah 4 buku Dan Brown. Semuanya oke punya. Aku masih mikir gimana kok si Dan itu bisa bikin novel yang isinya jalinan antara sejarah, teknologi, keresahan pribadi manusia yang mengalir begitu indah kayak nyata.Serasa baca bocoran intrik dan gosip dari blog seorang mata-mata yang tahu banyak tentang gonjang-ganjingnya politik dunia.Mas Dan, kapan-kapan ketemuan yuuuk he he he...I am now thinking how Vermont shares so many brilliant writers. Kipling, Frost, Brown...Vermont, please invite me :-)

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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