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.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:)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.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...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!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 scienceMorticia 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!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.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 :-)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.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: 3.8Sofia
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.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.Stefan Yates
Another fast-paced thriller dealing with the NSA from Dan Brown. I found this novel to be right on par with Digital Fortress and thought that it was a very well-written thriller. From start to finish Deception Point takes the ball and runs with it like any other Dan Brown thriller. I like that the plot moves around in scenery from the Arctic to Washington, DC and a few points in-between keeping the action flowing and the characters moving around instead of being static in one place. The characters are well written and believable and, in this book, Brown has written another very strong female lead character as he also did in Digital Fortress. I don't know why these two novels didn't get the press that the Robert Langdon novels did, perhaps it's because they deal with the NSA instead of having a religious based theme that stirs up controversy. Whatever the reason, if you enjoy Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels or are just a fan of a good thriller, I'd recommend giving Deception Point a chance.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 .