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Digital Fortress [Reading] ➸ Digital Fortress ➮ Dan Brown – National Security Agency Fort Meade Maryland when the most powerful intelligence organization on earth's invincible code breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break it calls for its National Security Agency Fort Meade Maryland when the most powerful intelligence organization on earth's invincible code breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break it calls for its head cryptographer Susan Fletcher a brilliant and beautiful mathematician What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power The NSA is being held hostagenot by guns or bombs but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released would cripple US intelligenceSeville Spain the creator of the code Ensei Tankado is found dead And with him has died the secret to an impregnable code writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post cold war balance of power Forever From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain a desperate race unfolds Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies betrayed on all sides Susan Fletcher finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life and in the end for the life of the man she loves.

10 thoughts on “Digital Fortress

  1. Seizure Romero Seizure Romero says:

    There's a reason why everyone talks about The DaVinci Code and not about this book I have no idea what that reason would be because I thought Angels Demons was mediocre so I never bothered to read the The DaVinci Code Anyway I was bored and a copy of this was sitting at the library for a uarter and I thought WTF mate I'll give it a goThe first page of chapter 1 starts with Susan Fletcher waking from a romantic dream to the ringing of the telephoneSusan it's David Did I wake you?She smiled rolling over in bed I was just dreaming of you Come over and playHe laughed It's still dark outMmm She moaned sensuously Then definitely come over and play We can sleep in before we head northThat is not a transcription typo or the manifestation of my unfocused rage It really does read 'Mmm She moaned sensuously' Please feel free to vomit if you need to; I'll waitDavid then proceeds to postpone their plans to celebrate their six month engagement due to something hush hush like maybe his being a big homo C'mon what sort of man is going to pass up some sweet sweet lovin' before disappearing on a mystery mission? The kind who likes other men that's what kind A handful of pages later it becomes clear that Dan Brown has read too many Clive Cussler novels as we're treated to a description of David BeckerBecker was dark a rugged youthful thirty five with sharp green eyes and a wit to match His strong jaw and taut features reminded Susan of carved marble Over six feet tall Becker moved across a suash court faster than any of his colleagues could comprehend After soundly beating his opponent he would cool off by dousing his head in a drinking fountain and soaking his tuft of thick black hair Then still dripping he'd treat his opponent to a fruit shake and a bagelIs it just me or does this read like Dan Brown was typing this with one hand? Why does Mr Stud have the same initials as the author? Why would anyone want a sharp green wit? And is 'fruit shake' some sort of code for gay sex? Is that why he is still dripping?So then after all this ran through my immature little mind I remembered I had other books to read books that didn't suck horrifically within the first ten pages Yay for other booksOh and I sold it to a used book shop for a dollar so it was worth the uarter Yay for used book shops

  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    One could already see the direction Brown would go with his recipe of conspiring the heck out of the literary world with his first work Not as good as Angels and Demons and The da Vinci code but not as bad as The lost symbol Digital fortress is the career start of a novelist who used good oldfashioned knowledge in a uniue new way on his way to literary immortality The art part is small in this one as it´s of a technothriller than the blockbuster mystery high speed pursuit style of the following novelsOne can see that Brown is still tinkering around with his writing style not always sure where to go and trying to go futuristic and techy than uchronic and historic I am heavily biased towards anything Sci Fi so I do definitively just give 4 stars because of the setting without it it would be closer to a 3It´s very funny that the infamous „I don´t care about technical accuracy have no interest in research and don´t ask experts to proofread“ mentality is already big in this one Brown just doesn´t care the cryptography and tech are hilariously facepalmy In this case it´s even extreme as it are not just some elements as in the other novels but the whole plot revolving around topics Brown obviously has no knowledge about making it unwittingly comedicBut one also has to have the courage to publish a novel and just don´t caring about it it´s a special kind of badass attitude and effrontery I appreciate sorry for that the dark side strong in me is although it´s very cheeky and transports false knowledge into poor readers´minds Bonus points for showing the NSA in a shady light in the year 1998 and not in 2013 when it became soooo mainstream and letting his protagonists dealing with the topics of privacy protection and the rule of the surveillance pardon Freudian typo of course constitutional stateTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue

  3. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    I work in the Information Technology field so relating to this book was easy for me I don’t know anything about NSA National Security Agency and how they operate but I know stuff like encryption algorithm anagram computer virus code breaking etc So this book glued me from start to finish My officemate has been telling me that this is his favorite Dan Brown book He said that since I’ve read all his 4 other novels The Da Vinci Code Angels and Demons Deception Point all 3 stars ie I liked them and The Lost Symbol 2 stars ie It’s okay and I am glad that I finally read this book Hurray I am now a Dan Brown completist I liked the story NSA has a program that can track personal conversations around the world One employee gets angry so he becomes a whistleblower NSA hires a pretty detective not yet Robert Langdon since this is Dan Brown’s first novel and she is so hot most of the male characters in this book lust for her This lust for her body and for power as usual basically becomes the driving force for all these men to outwit or kill each other or even themselves The plot is a little overpopulated by characters and the twists are a bit too many to become coincidental However this is Dan Brown’s first novel so they are expected Just like any other first time novelists Brown was trying to prove that he could intricately weave a suspenseful yet unbelievable plotWikipedia says that this book was based on real life incident in cryptography The story seems to tell me that Dan Brown not only did his thorough research on the topic but was also able to anticipate what NSA would do He was a step ahead of NSA or maybe the NSA was influenced by the book This one was not coincidence I think Or maybe Dan Brown was clever enough to befriend an insider in NSA I just did not have any idea how a novelist could have access to NSA Or maybe I am reading too many suspense thriller books Robert Ludlum Jeffrey Archer Ken Follett John Grisham etc that my rational thinking is now tainted with all these far fetched possibilities or thoughtsDan Brown was born on the same year I was ie 1964 His books have been translated in many languages and stayed in New York’s Bestsellers’ List and adapted into big movie blockbusters Wimps cannot do just those I like Dan Brown definitely not for his literary prowess ie his writing is ordinary but for his imagination and the efforts that he put in his research He just does not sit down and types away his thoughts He backs those up with facts He goes to the museums in Paris or Capital Building looks up on all the writings or symbols on the wall paintings towers He reads history and current events and incorporates those to his plot So let’s spare this guy from our senseless tirades We just cannot ignore the fact that he knows his trade His books deserve to be read His efforts deserve to be appreciated

  4. AJ LeBlanc AJ LeBlanc says:

    My book group chose this book and I will never forgive themI’ve never read anything by Dan Brown He doesn’t write my type of fiction so while I was aware that he’s a huge success I never bothered to pick any of his books up because I knew I wouldn’t be interestedWhat I didn’t know is how much of a shit writer he isI’m sure he cries into a giant pile of money every single time someone tells him that Digital Fortress is about the government and secrecy Susan Fletcher works for a super top secret government agency called NSA that cracks codes to read emails and save the world How do I remember that her name is Susan Fletcher? Susan Fletcher is referred to as Susan Fletcher on every page that Susan Fletcher appears on Apparently Brown is worried that people won’t remember that Susan Fletcher is one of the main character is his book Digital Fortress by Dan BrownSusan Fletcher is the best code breaker NSA has Susan Fletcher is also beautiful and perfect and everyone loves her and wants to do her Susan Fletcher has a brilliant mind Susan Fletcher is also very attractive Susan Fletcher is also smart People look at Susan Fletcher and think to themselves “How does an I of 170 fit into a body that attractive? I am going to think of these thoughts so that the reader of Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress will know what Susan Fletcher looks like in the book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown”Your first drinking game is to take a shot every time someone chucklesYour next drinking game is to empty a Red Solo Cup every time someone’s eyes are described as strong hazel deep green inky black sable gray or any other color that barely exists in real life Yes people do have these eyes and apparently they all live in Dan Brown’s world Dan Brown wrote the book Digital FortressIf you do not drink and are into health do push ups or suats or something instead of pounding booze Either way we’re all going to crumple to the floor and throw upWhen Susan Fletcher is called in to work on a Saturday by Commander Strath head of NSA Susan Fletcher knows that something must be very wrong Susan Fletcher was supposed to be on a vacation with her finance David Becker David Becker is beautiful and smart David Becker plays suash and no one minds when David Becker puts his entire head into the water fountain to wash away the sweat David Becker is that amazingTurns out that the Commander has sent David Becker Susan Fletcher’s finance to Spain even though David Becker does not work for NSA Susan Fletcher thinks thoughts to tell the reader how important NSA isSeriously how is this guy a big name writer? I just don’t get itDan Brown the author of Digital Fortress does not have time for important things like “Show don’t tell” when it comes to writing his books Dan Brown wants to get to the important things like telling the reader how intelligent and beautiful Susan Fletcher and David Becker are Susan Fletcher and David Becker are engaged Susan Fletcher and David Becker have been engaged for six months Susan Fletcher tells David Becker this when she says “You do remember we’re engaged don’t you?” which is exactly what people in real life would say if they wanted to let you know that they were engagedSusan Fetcher stays underground in the NSA bunker trying to figure out what is wrong with their giant enormous massive expensive costly top secret classified translator project The computer is used to cull through email and crack codes and save the entire planet It has done so successfully But now it has found a code that it cannot crack and Susan Fletcher has to use her beautiful body and intelligent mind to solve the problemMeanwhile in Spain David Becker is on a crazy journey of his own He has to find a ring because it somehow has something to do with this code He is able to follow thin clues to track the ring from person to person Apparently David Becker with no training because if he had training someone in the book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown would have told us about it becomes the world’s most brilliant detective Oh and also David Becker is given stupid coincidences that tell him where to go next David Becker is smart and is able to use these giant arrows to find the next person to talk toOf course everything turns out to be suspicious and there’s lots of traitors and threats from every side One thing I did like about the book Digital Fortress written by Dan Brown is that there were parts where I honestly didn’t know who the bad guy was Luckily Dan Brown uickly tells information to make me pay attention to a specific character in his book Digital Fortress and I the reader can get back to the important part which is remembering that Susan Fletcher and David Becker are engaged and they are both very intelligent and very beautifulThe crazy ending was kind of fun because everyone was in the same place sort of screaming and trying to solve the problem before the entire government was shut down but other than that What the fuck America? This is one of our top selling authors?In conclusion I did not like the book Digital Fortress by Dan Brown Not only do I not care for this type of story I could not get past the writing How does this happen?I don’t care if this makes me sound like a book snob but seriously this is who we’ve chosen as one of our Must Read Authors? For fuck’s sakeMy book group meets tomorrow and I’m bringing a giant list of discussion uestions Apparently they all hated the book too including the two people who suggested it for this month Way to make the rest of us pay for your mistakes

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Digital Fortress Dan BrownDigital Fortress is a techno thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published in 1998 by St Martin's Press The book explores the theme of government surveillance of electronically stored information on the private lives of citizens and the possible civil liberties and ethical implications of using such technologyWhen the National Security Agency's invincible code breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break the agency calls its head cryptographer Susan Fletcher a brilliant and beautiful mathematician What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power The NSA is being held hostage not by guns or bombs but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple US intelligenceCaught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in Betrayed on all sides she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life and in the end for the life of the man she lovesعنوانها قلعه دیجیتالی؛ دژ دیجیتالی؛ نویسنده دن براون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیستم ماه می سال 2009 میلادیعنوان قلعه دیجیتالی؛ نویسنده دن براون؛ مترجم آرزو کلانی؛ بازبینی نوشین ریشهری؛ تهران، نگارینه؛ 1385؛ در 528ص؛ شابک 9789647533935؛ چاپ دوم 1386؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20معنوان دژ دیجیتالی؛ نویسنده دن براون؛ مترجم حسن زیادلو؛ ساری، زهره، 1385؛ در 447ص؛ شابک 9645704804؛داستان خیال انگیز نحوه ی گشودن رمزهای محرمانه، که در مراسلات اینترنتی، یا مبادله ی اطلاعات دیجیتالی، توسط سوپر کامپیوترهای سازمانهای اطلاعات کشورها، گشوده میشوند، داده های دقیقی، از نحوه ی کد کردن اطلاعات، در این داستان ارائه شده است؛ ا شربیانی

  6. Matthew Matthew says:

    Dan Brown is not just Da Vinci Code This is a pretty good cyber thriller It resonates well in a world where data security and hacking are a part of the daily news Check it out if you are a fan of fast paced thrillers with lots of suspense It has short chapters too which I like a lot

  7. Archit Ojha Archit Ojha says:

    Spine wrecking thriller Never could I put my popcorn down A complete and comprehensive review on my lists this year

  8. Fabian Fabian says:

    The topic is uite interesting having an author perfectly fit the shoes of one so revered talking of course about the late great Michael Crichton is truly magnificent in my book This thriller is fast hooray riveting It is relevant to modern times some reviewers have gone as far as calling it plausibleBut it must be said that its an adventure less compelling than The Da Vinci Code even contrived; devoid of interesting characters but plagued with dead ends ineffective repetitiveness empty journeys While many characters deal with differently major or minor catastrophes the short chapters speed by The plot if dissected would resemble this a career girl therefore one lacking of a personality other than being described as being incredibly fond of expensive shoes as if such an example would underscore her femininity stuck in a compound perplexed by computer screens and consoles hurrying to save humanity before the doomsday clock strikes; her boyfriend a prof with sure and extreme luck out on a wild goose chase in Sevilla Spain AWESUM a fish out of water with a blind purpose and again afflicted with the No Personality Syndrome along with his contemporary drones; and other tech nerds out trying to physically or technologically whatever that means the novel tries to personify what's intangible cyberspace um save the planet There are codes and puzzles along the way easy to decipher and sometimes overly explained by these tech and only tech minded overpaid individualsBecause it was educational fun sometimes I say this with a grain of salt unpredictable it should be read Expect no Waugh or Hawthorne but Crichton or at least a worthy imitation It is definitely a dumb action adventure but if it captures you and it will then just take the ride It's as harmless as impersonating the protagonist your eyes will move and your body will mostly be in repose But something within the human machine will be processed in some way surely

  9. Hendrata Hendrata says:

    I learned that Dan Brown is a bad writer and I will never read any of his other books I also am upset at my friend for recommending me this bookIn short the book is a bad novel and a very bad novel if you know anything about math cryptographyNot only the technical errors were appalling but the writing style itself is mediocreWARNING spoiler hereThere is a scene where the heads of NSA along with some of the smartest people on Earth were trying to solve a riddle left by the bad guy as a clue It took them a whole chapter to solve the riddle these people who with I of supposedly 170 But I a reader with average I and no formal training in cryptography knew instantly what the riddle is all about How is that realistic? either Dan Brown's I is below average or it doesn't take that much to become the head of NSA I opt for the formerThe character development is weak no strong plot lines and the dialogs were so bad they could have been written by me Total waste of time The only fun I got from this book was the time I wrote this review to bash it

  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    This was just ok for me I think I expected because I enjoyed his others so much

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