Deception Point

ISBN: 0552151769
ISBN 13: 9780552151764
By: Dan Brown

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Rachel Sexton works for the National Reconnaissance Office as an intelligence officer. She is also the daughter of a Senator currently running for President. Her father's main offensive, and a very popular one, against the incumbent President is to attack the huge amount of NASA funding. Rachel is barely on speaking terms with her father, believing him to be totally corrupt, but is still worried she is being used by the President when he asks her to verify an amazing find by NASA, a find which will settle the arguments about NASA funding for ever.Reluctantly agreeing to view the find Rachel is whisked off to the North Pole. What she finds once she gets there takes her breath away. However, she quickly learns that nothing is what it seems, and, with two civilian scientists, is soon fleeing for her life. Stranded on an ice berg they are rescued in the nick of time by a nuclear submarine, but once back in the US their attempts to expose the plot show them that they can trust absolutely no one...

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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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aritta

ini adalah buku ketiga yang telah aku baca setelah da vinci code dan malaikat dan iblis..harusnya sih digital fortress dulu. Tapi yang paling dasyat tetep da vinci code dan malaikat iblis. Kalau yang satu ini, aku tidak membacanya secara penasaran pada setiap halamannya...jadi penasarannya hanya bagian yang mendekati akhir saja. Tapi tetap saja gaya dan brown tetep ada, maksudnya kepintaran dan brown tetap terlihat. Di buku ini tokohnya bukan langdon, bahkan seorang perempuan bernama Rachel. Dalam cerita ini Rachel seorang yang pintar. Baca aja deh...

Julio Aguilera

I have never read a Dan Brown book before, but now i'm a fan! My brother handed me this book when i asked him if he had a book for me to read, at first i was skeptical because the book starts off slow, but i went on. If you like to be put in a world of suspense while reading this is definitely a book for you. This book is about a NASA satellite finding a 30decade year old meteorite buried in Arctic ice, which is essentially NASA's retaliation to Senator Sedgewick Sexton(a presidential candidate) criticizing their non-functional programs in his campaign. Then the story speeds up when senator Sexton send his daughter Rachael and a group of explorers/scientist to go and check out the newly discovered meteor.What Rachael, Micheal, Corcky, Norah, and Ming find is astonishing to say the least, just put it this way NASA does't always tell the truth(apparently) and the lives of Rachael and her friends are put on the line.....(for you to find out READ THE BOOK!)Its pretty simple, you cant always trust what you hear doesn't matter who tells you it. This book is definitely a "good read" and i would recommend it to people that like thriller books but CAUTION! You must patience because it is VERY VERY slow read.Well it was for me >,>Enjoyed reading the book and i'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Dan Browns books.

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 :-)

Ana T.

After I read The DaVinci Code, which I liked, and Angels and Demons, which I loved I put the other Dan Brown books on my wish list. I was recently sent this one as part of a bookring and decided to read it.Rachel Sexton works for the National Reconnaissance Office as an intelligence officer. She is also the daughter of a Senator currently running for President. Her father's main offensive, and a very popular one, against the incumbent President is to attack the huge amount of NASA funding. Rachel is barely on speaking terms with her father, believing him to be totally corrupt, but is still worried she is being used by the President when he asks her to verify an amazing find by NASA, a find which will settle the arguments about NASA funding for ever. Reluctantly agreeing to view the find Rachel is whisked off to the North Pole. What she finds once she gets there takes her breath away. However, she quickly learns that nothing is what it seems, and, with two civilian scientists, is soon fleeing for her life. Stranded on an ice berg they are rescued in the nick of time by a nuclear submarine, but once back in the US their attempts to expose the plot show them that they can trust absolutely no one... I ended up enjoying it but found that it lacked the fast pacing that the previous books had (especially Angels and Demons). Only the last third of the book equals them in the action department. Till then things happen but there's no sense of urgency wether in finding the clues or running away from the killers. The plot was nicely done, the find was surprising but I suppose one of the reasons I enjoyed the other books was because they dealt with historical people and monuments. Here it's meteorites and ocean life I don't find that as interesting. It's really me and not the book but sometimes a thriller is so nicely written that can sell me any subject, that was not the case here. Rachel and Tolland were really nice characters and as is usual in the Dan Brown books they give in to their attraction in the end.Grade: C+, entertaining but forgettable.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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