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 When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician Dan Brown's mega best seller is now available for a new generation of listeners.
This young-adult adaptation takes listeners from Paris to London on a breathless tour of famous landmarks Ein Kernforscher wird in seinem Schweizer Labor ermordet aufgefunden. Verzeihen ist nicht der einzige. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them Existe un secreto tan poderoso que, de salir a la luz, sea capaz de cambiar el mundo An ancient secret brotherhood.
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The Lost Symbol , released following a six-year Langdon hiatus, picks up the story of the professor again, this time as he is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the US Capitol Building in Washington DC. Langdon recognises the object as an ancient invitation Perhaps the most forgettable installation in the Langdon series, Inferno tells how the professor wakes up in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past 36 hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings.
With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. With Inferno I sense for the first time that Brown is aiming at a tauter, better book, one more interested in the real world, longing to escape from the prison of his pleonasm.
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Way to make the rest of us pay for your mistakes. View all 24 comments. Martin's Press. The book explores the theme of government surveillance of electronically stored information on the private lives of citizens, and the possible civil liberties and ethical implications of using such technology.
When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its he Digital Fortress, Dan Brown Digital Fortress is a techno-thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published in by St. When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beautiful mathematician.
What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves. View 2 comments. Dan Brown is not just Da Vinci Code! This is a pretty good cyber-thriller.
It resonates well in a world where data security and hacking are a part of the daily news. Check it out if you are a fan of fast paced thrillers with lots of suspense. It has short chapters, too, which I like a lot. View all 5 comments. Spine wrecking thriller. Never could I put my popcorn down. A complete and comprehensive review on my lists this year! View 1 comment. This thriller is fast hooray!
But it must be said that its an adventure less compelling than The Da Vinci Code, even more contrived; devoid of interesting characters but plagued with dead ends, ineffective repetitiveness, empty journeys. While many characters deal with differently major or minor catastrophes, the short chapters speed by.
There are codes and puzzles along the way, easy to decipher and sometimes overly-explained by these tech- and only tech- minded, overpaid, individuals. Because it was educational, fun, sometimes I say this with a grain of salt unpredictable, it should be read. Expect no Waugh or Hawthorne, but Crichton, or at least a worthy imitation. It is definitely a dumb action adventure but if it captures you, and it will, then just take the ride. It's as harmless as impersonating the protagonist: your eyes will move and your body will mostly be in repose.
But something within the human machine will be processed in some way, surely. Digital Fortress is the first book Dan Brown published, and it's the last of his that I read. I am now up to date and awaiting whatever comes next outside his newer children's release. I enjoy thrillers and suspense novels, but I haven't figured out my favorite authors in this genre yet. I'm determined to make that a reading goal. Before I head there, let's chat about this book.
Published in , the key thing readers must remember is that if you're devouring it now, remember how much tec Digital Fortress is the first book Dan Brown published, and it's the last of his that I read. Published in , the key thing readers must remember is that if you're devouring it now, remember how much technology and security has changed in the last two decades.
Much of the theory and approach is different today, and while you don't need to understand technology to enjoy the book, it helps I admit fully, it was a little too technical at times Overall, the plot is intriguing.
He had a virus and an unbreakable code. What that actually means is very different from what we come to learn in the book. I was excited to solve the very last puzzle and work out the answer on my own The main character is a female technologist working for a male head of the NSA okay two male heads, one is African American, one is Caucasian. So, right from the beginning, I was glad to see the diversity and that it was somewhat ahead of its times.
Nonetheless, she is engaged and her husband-to-be is involved in the plot. A few trips through Europe, a political nightmare, and lots of fiery explosions. And some murders too! I'll go with a 3. Mostly, the plot is stretched. It felt like a plot device That said, I felt like we got to know him better than the main character too. She was smart and highly qualified, and she kicked butt several times, but I knew nothing about her personally.
I felt a bit too distanced. The villain dies immediately. Or one of them. So that was a different experience. But all the engaging, quick dialog and action scenes are spot on. It shows why he evolved into a great writer. Of all his books, probably in the bottom half of my faves It will pull you in. View all 6 comments. I learned that Dan Brown is a bad writer and I will never read any of his other books.
I also am upset at my friend for recommending me this book. There is a scene where the heads of NSA along with some of the smartest people on Earth were trying to solve a riddle left by the bad guy as a I learned that Dan Brown is a bad writer and I will never read any of his other books. View all 9 comments. This was just ok for me, I think I expected more because I enjoyed his others so much. View all 8 comments. No matter what people want to say about Dan Brown or his books or hatred towards him you got to admire the fact that what he brings to the table no one else does.
This was the book which brought me to the beautiful world of books. After reading this book everything changed, I started to read more and more fiction and today b No matter what people want to say about Dan Brown or his books or hatred towards him you got to admire the fact that what he brings to the table no one else does. After reading this book everything changed, I started to read more and more fiction and today books have become one of the most important parts of my life all thanks to this books.
I agree that he is not a great writer and uses the same formula in every of his books, not versatile at all. But he holds a special place and I will always hold a special place in my bookshelf because of the reasons I mentioned above. A Good Thriller, if you ignore a few things. View all 7 comments. I'm not sure what to believe after reading this book. I've always liked Dan Brown's books because he writes so realistically, using big words to belittle readers about how little they know.
Or so I thought. After reading this book, I did a little snooping of my own OK, those were big words too, I just used Google and realised that most of the technology, computers and cool machinery did not exist. In fact, Goodreads was an excellent source of information of unhappy reviewers tearing down this bo I'm not sure what to believe after reading this book. In fact, Goodreads was an excellent source of information of unhappy reviewers tearing down this book's credibility. Gee, I was really hoping that those stuff were as cool as mentioned in Digital Fortress.
But that asides, there are some historical facts and figures that ARE real, if not as cool. Although I can't say that Brown's books are an excellent crash course for a myriad of whacky subjects, his writings definitely introduced readers to an entirely whole new world that most of us would have otherwise never have dreamt about. Having that said, I can't say that Brown's writing style is my favourite. His books usually start off well, but kind of go downhill somewhat at the end.
His plot developments are not the best I've come across, although how he comes up with them in the bloody first place is unthinkable. But I must say, there is a significant similarity between the plots in most, if not all, of his books. It doesn't take a cryptologist to figure it out.
Now before this I've only read 3 of his books OK that may be quite a lot already and my recent awareness of such similarity has indeed taken out most surprises within Brown's novels. No spoiler here, though I'm sure most of us can tell what it is by now.
I would still recommend Dan Brown's books any day, despite the slight low ratings on Goodreads. I am aware that most readers claim that Brown has twisted reality to the most atrocious of levels. Thankfully, for a person with no clue about any of the topics he's ever written about so far, I have no problem with enjoying the book at all.
But I'm sure that if Dan Brown were to write about something I was excellent at and passionate about - watching TV, Facebooking, sleeping - he'd be getting a thrashing from me as well. I don't even remember what this one is about.
There's a CIA computer technician, and all I can remember about her is the scene where a security guard is ogling her sweet, sweet ass and wondering in bafflement how a woman with a IQ could be so damn fuckable. Also, I'm pretty sure she saves the world with computers, but we're not supposed to care because she does it while her shirt is partially unbuttoned. She may have gotten wet at some point, too.
Apr 26, Saadia B. Susan Fletcher was the head of NSA's Cryptography Division while Becker was a university professor who helped government agencies with translation other than his full time job. He was thrown out of the organization because he always broke rules. Ensei believed in human rights of commun Susan Fletcher was the head of NSA's Cryptography Division while Becker was a university professor who helped government agencies with translation other than his full time job.
The program he wrote created an unbreakable code - the ultimate counterintelligence weapon. Ensei was found dead in Spain hence Becker was sent to Spain to get the copy of the pass-key, which was encrypted on his ring. He gave away the ring to a stranger before dying. To make things more complicated even tricked NSA by letting them snoop his emails, which led to a fake partner and a file.
Strathmore's vision was a world encryption standard with a back door for the NSA, so that he could keep an eye of all sorts of communication happening around the world. At last, they found Ensei's clue in his video and saved the database from hackers. USA's obsession with keeping an eye on all sorts of communication in quite evident in this book, the reality of which not many know.
US might blame other countries for keeping a track on humans and their data, but whether they want to admit it not, they do the exact same thing. Originally, I started reading this last May but never got around to finishing it after I stopped at Chapter 20, and I must say that despite of the 5-month hiatus, I could still remember the details vividly. This was a wildly entertaining and the kind of info-dumpy book that I'm eager to read.
The way Dan Brown paces the whole plot with surprisingly! Digital Fortress is kind of a crash course to cryptography and etymology. This is highly educational and despite of the overwhelming cryptography details, I wasn't fazed at all. Next thing you know, you'll be getting an action packed trip in Seville, Spain and roam the ever elusive setup of NSA and the world of cryptography.
This is a one of akind book for me and I definitely would see myself rereading it. Also I learned a few tricks in basic cryptography because of this book! To anyone who can crack the code, uhmmmmm I'll definitely like every review you post from here on out!
View all 3 comments. A bit dramatic at places but overall, a pretty enjoyable thriller. Reading Dan Brown books is a bit like watching porn. Mildly enjoyable at the time, but not really something you'd like your friends or family to know about. Digital Fortress starts as it means to go on, with two-dimensional characters in a whirlwind of mystery and action.
The cast never evolves beyond cardboard cut-out level, but the plot does pick up through various levels of incredulity and intrigue to a climax that ends up shallow and disappointing, leaving the reader feeling cheap and cheated Reading Dan Brown books is a bit like watching porn. The cast never evolves beyond cardboard cut-out level, but the plot does pick up through various levels of incredulity and intrigue to a climax that ends up shallow and disappointing, leaving the reader feeling cheap and cheated.
I understand why Brown is popular - the cookie-cutter formula, the "intelligent" yet criminally dim hero, the assasin and the "good guy turned mortal enemy" recipe is appealing to the masses - but can't help feeling that these books should be kept hidden on the top shelf, away from prying eyes and impressionable minds.
Jan 26, Rusty's Ghost Engine also known as What a ride! All I can say is Dan Brown is one hell of a thriller writer! There was a lot of research done for this book and I liked how the author managed to give us the techno descriptions of cryptography and the workings of technology… without either boring us or being too over complicated that we lose the plot.
Nope, everything was explained in an understandable and exciting way making the story for me, flow very fast. I should also mention that some of the one star reviews claimed that the information in this book was incorrect. Another thing I liked was the development of the characters. Yep they were all very layered especially the bad guys. Either way, due to the fast breakneck pace of this book there was never a boring moment and the simple explanations of complicated topics, it makes me wonder why there are so many one star reviews….
This is one of the two stand alone novels authored by Dan Brown; other being the Deception Point. Both are of the science fiction genre. But no matter on what genre Dan Brown writes, one thing you can be certain to find; and that is the use of codes and puzzles. With his unique use of codes and puzzles he creates a wonderful mystery, where the reader is taken on a suspenseful journey. I have always loved Dan's ability in keeping the reader on the edge and making him too run against the time to s This is one of the two stand alone novels authored by Dan Brown; other being the Deception Point.
I have always loved Dan's ability in keeping the reader on the edge and making him too run against the time to solve the puzzles and unveil the mystery. In addition to mystery and suspense there was a sweet love story too, which I think was a bonus.
Full of twists and turns, and in true Dan Brown style, fast paced to keep you turning the pages. I had an inkling quite early on, but even that came with a twist! What would happen if every nation and person in the would, with a computer, could access every top secret file of the government?
With a lot of action and suspense Digital Fortress is a book for anyone who likes action. Dan Brown wrote many other action novels. I have read all of them and this novel is just as good of a read as the rest. This novel is written in the same style as all the others. Leaving What would happen if every nation and person in the would, with a computer, could access every top secret file of the government? Leaving in the suspense in all his books, Dan Brown makes all his novels an exiting read.
A top secret government agency called National Security Agency, NSA, has purchased this computer to prevent terrorist from sending coded messages to other terrorist inside or out of the United States. David Becker is a foreign-language specialist Georgetown University. Commander Greg Strathmore is in charge of the facility. A few days latter a strange address sends them an email.
Exposing the data bank, will put the nation at risk of attack and total chaos of the citizens. In the mean time, Susan Fletcher is trying to convince the head boss of the whole operation that there is a problem. David is nearly shot to death, and Susan is nearly blown to bits. Will the two succeed? I would recommend this book to anyone. This book has got a lot of action, and is a story that leaves you wandering, what if. However, if you have a little bit of a soft stomach this novel will leave you wanting to turn away at times.
This book is for any one who likes to left on the edge of there seat for the whole story, till the end. Oh Dan Brown, how I love to hate you. I read Angels and Demons because someone recommended it to me. Though I found his writing to be extraordinarily poor, I found the story to be engaging enough to overlook that fact. The DaVinici Code was written equally poorly, but I noticed a lot of similarities in the plots of the two novels. I do think his writing is getting better, but I had the ending of the book figured out within the first ten pages.
Brown's techno thriller that explores the relationship between the masses and the agencies and corporations that amass and store data on us as individuals - and it's impact on civil liberties. Another monstrous global best seller who's books compose of the perfect storm of compelling story, weak writing, controversial subjects and pissing off the literati! Better than The Da Vinci Code in my opinion : 7 out of Shelves: thrillers. I really liked the plot. A disgruntled NSA employee develops an unbreakable encryption program the Digital Fortress and threatens to give both the encryption program and the key which is buried in the program away on the Internet.
If the bad guys gain access to the key, they will be able to communicate without fear of the NSA decrypting their messages. This throws the NSA into a panic — as it should — so they send David Becker to track down the former employee. However, David learns that the man has died in suspicious circumstances, so … well, you know. Pretty good so far, but now consider the main characters.
It had been created by the Department of Defense three decades earlier-an enormous network of computers designed to provide secure government communication in the event of nuclear war. The eyes and ears of the NSA were old Internet pros. People conducting illegal business via E-mail quickly learned their secrets were not as private as they'd thought.
Of course, when the computer users of the world found out the U. Even pen pals, using E-mail for nothing more than recreational correspondence, found the lack of privacy unsettling. Across the globe, entrepreneurial programmers began working on a way to keep E-mail more secure. They quickly found one and public-key encryption was born. Public-key encryption was a concept as simple as it was brilliant.
It consisted of easy-to-use, home-computer software that scrambled personal E-mail messages in such a way that they were totally unreadable. A user could write a letter and run it through the encryption software, and the text would come out the other side looking like random nonsense-totally illegible-a code. Anyone intercepting the transmission found only an unreadable garble on the screen.
The only way to unscramble the message was to enter the sender's "pass-key"-a secret series of characters that functioned much like a PIN number at an automatic teller. The pass-keys were generally quite long and complex; they carried all the information necessary to instruct the encryption algorithm exactly what mathematical operations to follow tore-create the original message.
A user could now send E-mail in confidence. Even if the transmission was intercepted, only those who were given the key could ever decipher it. The NSA felt the crunch immediately. The codes they were facing were no longer simple substitution ciphers crackable with pencil and graph paper-they were computer-generated hash functions that employed chaos theory and multiple symbolic alphabets to scramble messages into seemingly hopeless randomness.
At first, the pass-keys being used were short enough for the NSA's computers to "guess. Sooner or later the computer hit the correct sequence. This method of trial-and-error guessing was known as "brute force attack. As the world got wise to the power of brute-force code-breaking, the pass-keys started getting longer and longer. The computer time needed to "guess" the correct key grew from weeks to months and finally to years.
By the s, pass-keys were over fifty characters long and employed the full character ASCII alphabet of letters, numbers, and symbols. The number of different possibilities was in the neighborhood of ten with zeros after it. Correctly guessing a pass-key was as mathematically unlikely as choosing the correct grain of sand from a three-mile beach.
By the time the computer guessed the key and broke the code, the contents of the message would be irrelevant. Caught in a virtual intelligence blackout, the NSA passed a top-secret directive that was endorsed by the President of the United States. Buoyed by federal funds and a carte blanche to do whatever was necessary to solve the problem, the NSA set out to build the impossible: the world's first universal code-breaking machine.
Despite the opinion of many engineers that the newly proposed code-breaking computer was impossible to build, the NSA lived by its motto: Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. The last of the three million, stamp-size processors was hand-soldered in place, the final internal programming was finished, and the ceramic shell was welded shut.
Although the secret internal workings of TRANSLTR were the product of many minds and were not fully understood by any one individual, its basic principle was simple: Many hands make light work. Its three million processors would all work in parallel-counting upward at blinding speed, trying every new permutation as they went. This multibillion-dollar masterpiece would use the power of parallel processing as well as some highly classified advances in clear text assessment to guess pass-keys and break codes.
It would derive its power not only from its staggering number of processors but also from new advances in quantum computing-an emerging technology that allowed information to be stored as quantum-mechanical states rather than solely as binary data. The moment of truth came on a blustery Thursday morning in October.
The first live test. Despite uncertainty about how fast the machine would be, there was one thing on which the engineers agreed-if the processors all functioned in parallel, TRANSLTR would be powerful. The question was how powerful. The answer came twelve minutes later.
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