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Deception Point

A book by Dan Brown

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Better then The DaVinci Code

  • Feb 24, 2006
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Although Dan Brown became famous with The DaVinci Code, Deception Point, written and published before DaVinci, demonstrates that he is a master of the thriller. This book has everything you could want in a page turner- suspense, intrigue, romance, sex, humor, adventure, and good, strong, likable characters.

The main protagonist is Rachel Sexton, a gister- someone who writes a digest of the reports of various intelligence agencies for President Zach Herney. Rachel's father is Senator Sedgwick Sexton, a major opponent of the president. The relationship between Sexton and his daughter is appropriately tense-- he doesn't like her working for his opponent, she doesn't like his politics. They try to keep their political differences from affecting their relationship but don't always succeed.

Rachel is quite happy in her job when one day she is called to meet with the president and then is whisked off to a glacier in the frozen Arctic where a secret NASA facility has been built. Her job is to validate the discovery of an immense, round, extraterrestrial meteor with fossils embedded in it.

This is an important discovery for NASA, as they have increasingly come under fire in recent years because of their many mission problems. Senator Sedgwick is one of their biggest opponents. If Rachel can validate this discovery as authentic, it will provide a huge boost to NASA's image. After examining all the evidence and talking to all the scientists at the site, Rachel is convinced that the artifact is genuine. She is thrust in front of a camera to announce the discovery to White House staff- and then the fun begins.

The action starts fast and furious as Rachel and oceanographer Michael Tolland escape attack from an elite Delta force, parachute across the ice, drop into the frozen ocean and are rescued by a nuclear submarine. This is just the first third of the book, but the remaining chapters are equally thrilling and keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated capably by Boyd Gaines. The book was thrilling, exciting, and hard to put down. There were enough twists and turns in the plot until it was impossible to know who could be trusted. At the end, Brown wraps everything up in a tidy, satisfactory way. Definitely a 5-star read!

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review by . January 15, 2011
President Zachary Herney, the incumbent in a hotly contested presidential race, is a strong supporter of a publicly funded NASA, open to the scientific community at large. His opponent, Senator Sedgewick Sexton, has made overspending and mismanagement at NASA his campaign hot button issue and clearly favours privatization of space research. NASA's timely discovery of a meteorite buried deep within an arctic glacier that provides positive long sought for proof of the existence of extra-terrestrial …
Quick Tip by . January 15, 2011
A Dan Brown thriller, head and shoulders above his much more famous Da Vinci Code, peopled a marvelously broad cast of realistic, well-developed, human, credible characters that fairly leaped off the page. Brilliant use of real-life technology adds an extra "wow" factor.
review by . August 03, 2010
I had a hard time putting this book down.  I think you have to enjoy Dan Brown's conspiracy theorist writing style to get into the dialogue, but much like Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code, this book made me think.  The descriptions were excellent and imaginative.  Great book!    
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
Absolutely loved this! I'd read all of the books in following "The da vinci code" series but didn't realize he'd written this one as well.
review by . May 13, 2009
This is one of those books that you just can't put down. I read this one in record time. It centers around the discovery of a meteorite at the North Pole that contains, what appears to be, exterrestial life. Just judging by the title of the book you can determine that there is a ruse going on. And those that stumble onto the deception must be eliminated. The action is fact-paced and the characters are extremely intriguing! I especially liked the scientists when they are so into themselves as being …
review by . May 10, 2008
The plot of this particular novel has been discussed at length here so I really am not going to get into a blow by blow run down of that. There are many fine reviews here that hit these points, both pro and con. Basically, this is a political, scientific, techno-thriller, set in the present time. I suppose the first thing that should be pointed out is that this is a FICTIONAL novel, and to truly enjoy the work you must keep this in mind. You could almost throw this one into the category of light …
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
If you want a fast, exciting, thrilling, drama-filled, story then GET THIS BOOK!!!
review by . June 25, 2004
Deception Point is a fantastic book. It is extremely fast paced, and gets the reader sucked in very quickly. Dan Brown is a clever writer and I will explain why: this book is a page turner because of the action sequences, but more importantly it's the style of writing Brown uses during all scenes - action and more importantly, the politcal front. Brown gives the reader so much information about each event, but leaves one piece missing - the most important piece.For example, there is so much build-up …
review by . July 06, 2004
Instead of doing a number of things I *should* have been doing, I decided to start the novel Deception Point by Dan Brown. Bad mistake... I couldn't put it down. :-)The main story revolves around a meteorite which has been found embedded in ice in the Arctic Circle. Even more surprising is that it shows fossils of bug-like creatures that prove that there is extraterrestrial life. This occurs on a political backdrop where NASA (who discovered the meteor using a high-tech satellite) is under fire …
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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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