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Deception Point

A book by Dan Brown

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You too can write a Dan Brown novel.

  • Oct 31, 2003
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Ok- first off... I really did enjoy this book. However, now that I have read 3 of Brown's novels, I have noticed a certain formula that Dan Brown uses.
1- Use the word "Indredulous" as often as possible.
2- The bad guy MUST be known by a term/phrase instead of a name.
3- The bad guy is double crossing the good guys... and you are NOT supposed to suspect this.
4- The novel must take place in the course of one day.
5- Your hero must wake-up and not have a clue that he will spend his entire day many miles away from home, while being chased by bad guys.
6- All good guys must be experts at something very arcane.
7- The ending must be weak.

If you follow these steps you too can write a Dan Brown novel. ORRRR you can use this formula to figure out the book you are currently reading after about 100 pages.

This is clearly a case of diminishing returns. One book is Awesome, two is fun, but by the third... you are ready to turn on the television.

This is the weakest of the three novels that I have read by Brown (the others being Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons). The plot had more flaws, and the ending was even weaker than his other books. However, it was the third of the three, so using the FORMULA I pretty much had it figured out. Let me put it this way- this is the most forgettable of the three that I have read.

My suggestion- read the Da Vinci Code (However, remember it is still "fiction" and despite the authors claims- some of his facts are seriously flawed- for instance - "The Gospel of Mary" is hardly widely accepted as legitimate).

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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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