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Digital Fortress

60 Ratings: 2.7
A book by Dan Brown

In most thrillers, "hardware" consists of big guns, airplanes, military vehicles, and weapons that make things explode. Dan Brown has written a thriller for those of us who like our hardware with disc drives and who rate our heroes by big … see full wiki

Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Science Fiction, Techno-Thriller, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Date Published: 1998
15 reviews about Digital Fortress
Quick Tip by . August 23, 2010
This is my favorite book by Dan Brown, even though it is a bit simpler than some of the others. It is definitely a good "starter" book into the writings of Dan Brown. I would absolutely recommend this novel.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
A thriller. Moves with movie-like pacing. Not a lot of deeper things from the characters, but an interesting chunk of the world of security and cryptography.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Dan Brown books are satirical, easy to read, and worth the time as far as popular books go. This is a suspense thriller and government control of the internet, in terms of privacy of the end user. He questions the extent to which security concerns face off with the privacy of computer users and goverment ability to monitor anyone person usage of it.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
Just like "deception point", this will definitely catch your thoughts.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Excellent book for begginers. When you don`t like to read and want to read some action that have nothing to add to your life, read this book.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
a little slower than his other ones, but still a pretty good read.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Excellent book, I would really recommend reading this.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Least favorite Dan Brown novel, but still awesome.
review by . May 06, 2009
This is the third Brown book I have read (Deception Point & Da Vinci Code are the prior books). Brown has an uncanny ability in all his books to bring the reader in at the beginning and put you on a roller coaster ride that you can't get off. This book is no exception. Brown seems to like codes and puzzles, which permeate all his books. In this one, a programmer appears to write a cryptographic algorithm that even the NSA's most powerful computer cannot crack. This most powerful computer, TRANSLTR, …
review by . March 07, 2009
My first encounter with Dan Brown came with the infamous "Da Vinci Code" which is apparently one of the biggest selling books in history. I read it and I loved it; I didn't see the criticisms that I had heard about Dan's writing and in fact defended it at every opportunity. I was blinded. Blinded by the hype and the sheer ferocity of the media spotlight, I adored this book before even reading it. Now, two years later and I decided to give one of Dan Browns other books a go thinking it would be equally …
review by . March 17, 2005
As a computer professional and a citizen concerned with data privacy, I found a great deal of this story interesting. It is fast-paced, sometimes almost too much so, and builds to a dramatic climax. Like all good mysteries, there are several possible perpetrators, and as you read it, your mental finger of guilt occasionally points to all of them.    The main premise is that the National Security Agency (NSA) has a supercomputer that is capable of cracking all encryption codes in a matter …
review by . June 24, 2004
This is the third Brown book I have read (Deception Point & Da Vinci Code are the prior books). Brown has an uncanny ability in all his books to bring the reader in at the beginning and put you on a roller coaster ride that you can't get off. This book is no exception.Brown seems to like codes and puzzles, which permeate all his books. In this one, a programmer appears to write a cryptographic algorithm that even the NSA's most powerful computer cannot crack. This most powerful computer, TRANSLTR, …
review by . June 16, 2004
Ok- first off... I really did enjoy this book. However, now that I have all 4 of Brown's novels, I have noticed a certain formula that Dan Brown uses.    1- Use the word "Incredulous" as often as possible (although he kept the word to a minimum in "Digital Fortress" less than 10 occurrences).  2- The bad guy MUST be known by a term/phrase instead of a name (here he is known as "North Dakota").  3- The bad guy is double crossing the good guys... and you are …
review by . May 29, 2004
The more Dan Brown I read, the more I enjoy Dan Brown. The man is a master of the fast paced thriller and it is fun to watch his growth from one book to another even if I did begin my acquaintanceship with his blockbuster "The DaVinci Code." Brown's books always start fast and "Digital Fortress" is no exception. Ensei Tankado dies in a Seville plaza. He raises his hand, fingers outstretched . . . and dies. Susan Fletcher, a National Security Agency cryptographer is roused from her dreams first by …
review by . January 30, 2004
Since I wasn't able to sleep on my red-eye flight to Orlando, I was able to start (and finish) Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. A very enjoyable read, especially if you're into technology security and encryption. The storyline revolves around the National Security Agency (NSA) and their activities surrounding the monitoring of communication. They are able to break any encryption with the aid of a massive secret computer, and life is good. But when a code appears that can not be broken, all hell breaks …
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