Deception Point

ISBN: 1416524886
ISBN 13: 9781416524885
By: Dan Brown

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When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory - a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending Presidentail election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery - a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the president, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

Reader's Thoughts

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.

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.

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.

Alejandro

Back in 2009 I found this book by chance. By then, I already knew who Dan Brown was but I still have to read his way popular books with the character of Robert Langdon. However, I found interesting to read this novel since I notice that the story involves NASA. I am a huge fan of NASA, maybe an indirect result of being a Trekker, I don´t know, still I am great fan of anything related with NASA. So, I found interesting to read this novel. I liked it a lot. Here, you will find a very good story about the possibility of finding alien life. This book is written in way that if you are fan of Michael Crichton books, you will like this one too. I enjoyed the way of how Dan Brown proposed his idea of the finding of alien life, maybe some people won't like this option since they expected something more flashy, but I liked it precisely for the very realistic approach. The writing style of Dan Brown is fantastic and I enjoyed the whole experience of reading the book, even more since in some novels you have a very good main plot but some dull secondary plot and/or scenes that you feel "down" when you have to read those chapters, but in my case I enjoyed the whole experience. Even you will find some dark angle about NASA stuff but I still like to read about it since it was presented in a rational way without feeling to trying to attack NASA but just presenting the plausibility of bad management for people inside that after all, they are just human. If you like techno-thrillers, NASA related novels and/or Dan Browns books, certainly you will enjoy to pick this book. Highly recommended.

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...

Mike Padilla

So bad. I was annoyed that it took so long to reveal how bad of a book it was that I had to finish just to see where the lame plot twists ended up.It is just too far fetched. The Father Sexton character is not believable at all. No father would act like that. Dan Brown looked up a little science to base his book on but "Deception Point" is about logic and statistical accuracy which he didn't research at all. The holes in these scientists' logic made the book unreadable.

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?

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.

Cadrabble

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

Tracey

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

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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