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.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.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.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.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.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.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.Salymar
After I have read this, I swore to myself that I am not going to read a Dan Brown book anymore. Though this book is not the worst ever, I just prefer Dan Brown's classics -- and by that, I mean the 'Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons'. :)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.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.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.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 :-)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?