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Deception Point

A book by Dan Brown

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Head and shoulders above the rest !

  • Jan 15, 2011
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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 life seems to be the needed success that will put a lock on their reputation with the US taxpayer and a stranglehold on Herney's successful re-election. But when Herney's hand-picked team of civilian experts and intelligence analysts begin to sniff out the possibility of scientific fraud, Dan Brown treats us to a magnificent display of high intensity action and fireworks; the best and the worst of Washington political posturing, cover ups and power plays; and a deadly team of Delta Force assassins assigned to ensure the fraud is kept under wraps.

But, as exciting and as imaginative as it was, it wasn't actually the plot or the fast-paced action that put Deception Point into the category of one of the finest thrillers I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Unlike so many other thrillers, Dan Brown has not sacrificed characterization for plot. In fact, he has treated us to a marvelously broad cast of realistic, well-developed, human, credible characters that fairly leaped off the page - Marjorie Tench, a bone deep ugly spinster [...] with an incredible set of finely, honed killer political instincts; Michael Tolland, a charismatic scholar who like David Suzuki, David Attenborough or Jacques Cousteau, seemed to be able to translate real scientific knowledge unerringly into a well understood and widely appealing television format; Rachel Sexton, the daughter of the self-centered presidential hopeful senator, struggling to distance herself from politics and retain her credibility as a skilled intelligence analyst with the NRO; and Gabrielle Ashe, the starry-eyed aide who succumbed to Sexton's political reputation and got trapped in a career-killing sex scandal.

The second feature that separated Deception Point from other lesser lights in the thriller genre was his exhilarating use of technology! In hindsight, Brown's one sentence author's note prefacing the story provided that little extra "wow" factor that left me awestruck -

"All technologies described in this novel exist."

As I was reading the story, I flagged no less than a dozen examples of astonishing gadgetry that I was completely unaware of. One example to whet your appetite:

" ... new experimental `IM' weaponry - Improvised Munitions - snow rifles that compacted snow into ice pellets, desert rifles that melted sand into glass projectiles, water-based firearms that shot pulses of liquid water with such force that they could break bones."

What do you think? Does it sound like I enjoyed this one? If you like thrillers, get this one on to the top of your reading pile today.

Paul Weiss

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January 18, 2011
I thought this was Brown's best novel to date! I thought it was a sound thriller with only the ridiculous rescue by tapping the ground to be the only drawback.
 
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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 . February 24, 2006
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 …
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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