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Deception Point

A book by Dan Brown

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Well Researched Scientific Adventure in Preston/Child Vein

  • Apr 21, 2003
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After the first few chapters of Deception Point, I imagined a reworking of the Preston/Child idea used in their techno adventure "Ice Limit". As in 'Ice Limit', there is a meteor, a team of scientists, and an odyessy where things go wrong because of misguided yet fiercely intense men and women whose behind-the-scene personal agendas leave the rest of humanity something to be desired. But 'Deception Point' departs from 'Ice Limit' at this point and carries the meteor story into the political backyard of the presidency, an inscrupulous candidate and Washington's aggressive internal mechanism of disclosing information to the public at highly critical and crucial moments to gain the most spin and clout available.

Using short chapters and multiple points of third person point of view narration, Brown weaves an interesting story that albeit formula, still keeps the reader engaged. His characters are merely conduits for the fast action story, so don't expect any masterful renderings in this department. Do, however, enjoy Brown's skill in seeding his purely imaginative story with enough of today's politics and headlines to satisfy and refuel even the most die-hard conspiracy theory disbelievers. Sadly, I see this novel becoming a movie of the week thriller with less than believable characters attempting to flesh out Brown's already thin creations---hopefully this will not happen--this genre like Preston and Child's works should remain within the pages of a fast-paced novel where it works best.

Recommend for all those who want a fast read that will engage during a day at the beach or a long plane flight.

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review by . January 15, 2011
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review by . May 13, 2009
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review by . May 10, 2008
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review by . October 09, 2007
Brown is such a good writer and storyteller that this book moves along very well until approximately 2/3 of the way through it. At that point, the plot elements became so implausible that it became difficult to read. I am willing to accept a certain level of government conspiracy, but in this book it reaches an absurd height that few would or could ever take seriously.    Delta force, the most elite segment of the American military, is turned into an assassination squad, executing American …
review by . November 09, 2006
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review by . February 24, 2006
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review by . June 25, 2004
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Penzler Pick,December 2001:In the world of page-turning thrillers, Dan Brown holds a special place in the hearts of many of us. After his first book,Digital Fortress, almost passed me by, he wroteAngels and Demons, which was probably one of the half-dozen most exciting thrillers of last year. It is a pleasure to report that his new book lives up to his reputation as a writer whose research and talent make his stories exciting, believable, and just plain unputdownable.

The time is now and President Zachary Herney is facing a very tough reelection. His opponent, Senator Sedgwick Sexton, is a powerful man with powerful friends and a mission: to reduce NASA's spending and move space exploration into the private sector. He has numerous supporters, including many beyond the businesses who will profit from this because of the embarrassment of 1996, when the Clinton administration was informed by NASA that proof existed of life on other planets. That information turned out to be premature, if not incorrect. (This story is true; I repeat, Dan Brown's research is very, very good.) The embattled president is assured that a rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice will prove to have far-reaching implications on America's space program. The find, however, needs to be verified.

Enter Rachel Sexton, a gister for the National Reconnaissance Office. Gisters reduce complex reports into single-page briefs, and in this case the president needs that confirmation before he ...

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ISBN-10: 0671027387
ISBN-13: 978-0671027384
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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