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Deception Point

A book by Dan Brown

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  • 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 SiFi. I don't really read that much fiction, but when I do, I read it for entertainment, and yes, escapism. I like a fast moving story, one that keeps me turning the pages and one that I can read in a relatively short period of time. This work fills that need, for me, quite well.

Now I note that quite a number of folks here loved this book, and rightfully so. I also note that there are a number of readers that could not stand the thing...again, rightfully so. I suppose it all boils down to taste. I personally like the book, although I must admit that there were aspects of this work that were, in my opinion, a bit flawed and being somewhat familiar with this author's work, to be quite frank, I expected better.

First a few comments as to what bothered me about the book. First, the characters were pretty standard, and have been encountered in countless works over the past several years. They were just too predictable, to "cookie-cutter," for my taste. Secondly, some of the situations encountered by the "good guys and gals" were just a bit over the top, some of the cliff hanger escapes just a bit too unbelievable. But remember...this is fiction! I also found that the techno aspect of the book was a bit hard to swallow at times, just a bit over the top. The author has assured us in the beginning of the book that all the technology mention in the book actually exists at this time. I would really have to question this, in particular when the author addresses weapons...something I do know a bit about. Maybe on paper they do exist, but I doubt if they are actually in use at this time. I would also question some of the technology having to do with aircraft. (Hmmm, got to remember this is fiction.) Third, and this is a personal "thing" with me; the author has made the Special Forces members (in this case, Delta Force), into mindless, cold blooded killers who will kill without mercy anyone they are directed to by their controller. They are more like killer robots that human beings. Knowing quite a number of these folks, this is far, far from the truth. Now there were some other aspects that sort of irked me, but those are of little moment and well, you get the picture. But again, you have to remember that this is FICTION.

On the positive side, the author does give us many little twists and turns and uses what I call the "cliff-hanger method." There are a few pages about one situation, then the author flits to another set of characters, and then back again, each time leaving enough questions to keep the reader going. This is a nice technique and works well here. There is no doubt that Dan Brown is a skilled writer and a skilled story teller and he has certainly mastered the English language. The book is a fast read and if you are a fan of this genre, a nice read.

All and all, it must be remembered that this is fiction. It is a light and fun read. This is a nice book to kill a couple of evenings with or set at the pool or back porch, and simply enjoy. Now it would be a very easy task to absolutely shred this work in a review, but what would be the point? I suspect the majority of folks who enjoy this genre will enjoy this work and pretty well take if for what it is...fiction. You simply have to remember that this is FICTION!

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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
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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
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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 . 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
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
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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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