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Digital Fortress: A Thriller

by Dan Brown
Read by Bruce Sabath

Macmillan Audio | August 30, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

Digital Fortress: A Thriller is rated 3.2727 out of 5 by 33.
A masterful thriller by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Da Vinci Code
When the NSA’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, 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 complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, 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 loves.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.78 × 5.26 × 0.8 in

Published: August 30, 2011

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1427214425

ISBN - 13: 9781427214423

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Before anything else: I enjoyed Angels and demons, and the Da Vinci code, too, although I didn't believe they were literary masterpieces either. But this one... - The main characters are perfect and gorgeous and super intelligent, and fantastic and and and. Completely impossible to relate to them. Utterly 2-dimensional. Dan Brown always does this. - Other characters are stereotypical through and through (the tech-nerd is obese, unhygienic and socially awkward, for example) - Story is very predictable - If you read this one after other Dan Brown books, you'll immediately notice the same story structure and tricks as in every other book. He basically found one formula and changes some minor bits, like the setting here and there and claims to have written a new novel. - Repetitive. And repetitive. Also, quite repetitive. - If you know that computers have a power button, you know more about computers than Dan Brown. This is fine, unless Dan Brown writes a 'hacker thriller'. Which this is. So, yeah. - R-e-p-e-t-i-t-i-v-e! So many times I face-palmed and even yelled at the book for this and many other banalities and errors. I cannot believe I managed to finish this. I stopped three times. I keep my books after reading them and re-read plenty. This one went straight to the first garage sale I attended.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No surprise there I read this book years ago when I was 16 after I had finished some of Brown's other titles (Angels and Demons, Da Vinci Code) and I remember thinking to myself while turning the pages things like "It would be stereotypical if this kind of event happened after this" or "he can't be setting up this character to do this action later, that would be way too predictable." I kept expecting better of Brown, yet was surprised to read that this plot line was so transparent that anyone could guess what would happen, thoroughly taking the thrill out of this "thriller" novel. Perhaps we can just chalk this one up to inexperience, since he does get noticeably better with his later works. Just don't expect this to be on the same level as the Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC! By the author of the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown brings us on a whole new adventure with mystery, tecnology, thrills, even romance. Digital Fortress has a little something for everyone. I'm reading this book for the second time now and it's still an amazing ride
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fine Probably my least favourite of his books. From the beginning I could foreshaddow the end. An okay read but thats about it. I did however, like the fact that the hero is a heroine. nice change for once. Otherwise a fairly basic thriller. It looked to me like he got writting thrillers for dummies and just imputed information into an allready layed out series of events found in most books of thin genre
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gotta love I didn't find this book as good as the di Vinci code or Angels and demons, but it was still a very good read. It was a page turner and hard to put down and relatively easy to follow. Gotta love Mr. Brown!
Date published: 2008-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Summer Read It was OK, not his best work.
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's okay... Dan Brown's first novel and my least favorite. A reader can see the beginings of the brilliance to come in later novels. This story starts off slow but Dan Brown delivers danger and close to death situations which is a staple of his novels. A nice twist in this book is that the hero is a heroine. I am awaiting the 5th novel with somewhat, abated breath.
Date published: 2008-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ultimate Page Turner I picked this book up on a Friday night and was done with it by the following Sunday afternoon. I couldn't put it down. Brown has a way of captivating the reader through his excellent use of suspense. Each chapter is a new piece of the puzzle and once the end nears, there's no putting this book down. It's a roller coaster ride of a story with surprises around every turn. A must read!!!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling read This book is thrilling, exciting and amazing it is so fast-paced I couldn' t turn the pages fast enough; it held my attention till the end. But of course the story is extremely far fetched one would be naive to believe any of it to be facts.
Date published: 2007-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved it! Just like all of Dan Brown's books, they keep you wanting to read more! But i must agree with some people, that yes, after reading most of his books, you can kind of tell how the vilain is going to be revealed, but i still like his style of writting. I hope he writes more books like this one and Angels and Demons.
Date published: 2007-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Same Style I do think that this book is great but if you read the other novels by Dan Brown you would have to agree that there is a major similarity in his style of writing like how at the end when they find out whoever the person who was causing the trouble. By the time I read three of the four books by Dan Brown I had to admit that I could predict how the fourth one would end (not technically) but more of how the villain is going to be exposed.
Date published: 2006-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! Well, Dan Brown did it again, another great read. Very interesting.
Date published: 2006-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great One By Dan Brown Another dan brown master piece. again it has the reader thinking this story is possible in real life. the lines of real and imaginary are blurred again. great book for the techies out there.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dan Brown ! If you find Digital Fortress a tad slow at the start, give it time ... it's worth it in the end ! A fast-paced read with great twists & turns throughout. Very much enjoyed this book !
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool Book This was a really cool book. What I love about Dan Brown is that he uses real facts in his novels. This was a fast paced, thought-provoking read.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good effort I found the story/plot entertaining, but there were some details that seemed excessively implausible. It was a true page-turner and difficult to put down but definitely isn't as well developed as some of Dan Brown's other work (Da Vinci or Angels and Demons). Would recommend reading it, but not paying for it!
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His First and (I believe) Greatest Book Great story that is full of action and keeps you glued to the pages. This is a book that anyone can enjoy. Dan Brown takes on a different approach with this completely fictional story that has none of the controversy as found in the Davinci Code. Its an easy read that can get non-readers excited about reading.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I've read all of Dan Brown's books, and this is probably my least favourite of them all. Still, the book was full of suspense and was an interesting read.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A definite page turner Might not be the most believable story, but it's a book you won't be able to put down till the end
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from On par with his other works "Digital Fortress" was written before the fanatically acclaimed "The Davinci Code" so some might think that it isn't as good. On the contrary, this book has the same level of suspense and twists and turns as any of his other books. It says that the concept centers around an "unbreakable code" which some proport to be impossible but you have to read the book to understand! You don't have to be tech-savy to understand, although he doesn't explain the use of binary very well. I would suggest this good to anyone who enjoys education-thrillers.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Tech Drama Picked it up because of Da Vinci, came to love it for itself.
Date published: 2006-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantatic I read Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code before reading this novel, so I was worried about being disappointed considering how great the previous two novel were. But there was no disappointment with this novel. Dan Brown maintained his great intrigue in this novel! If you are a Dan Brown fan, you will love this book, like you love the others!!!
Date published: 2006-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment Honestly, this is probably the worst book by Dan Brown. This book starts pretty interesting....and I couldn't put my book down but towards the end...I was like..what tha....?!?! At the end..I felt disappointed about the plot and the ending. It seems like Dan's running out the ideas and he just closed his eyes and picked one randomly. to finish the book.
Date published: 2006-03-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ludacris This book is such a typical and mainstream thriller. It has the typical Dan Brown formula for a book, which consists of a murder at the very start and a secret informant whose identity the reader is to discover. Not only is the plot weak and inconsistent, it is absolutely ridiculous. It is so impossible and unrealistic you will find yourself laughing. If you don't understand certain parts it's most likely because they are usually unbelievable and impossible. The character development is non-existent, and each one is more shallow and thoughtless than the next. HIGH FIVE DAN BROWN! Not.
Date published: 2005-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Simple plot, predictable events I've read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, and, Angels and Demons and their both at the top of my list. But Digital Fortress is such huge let down. The story is very simple, events are predictable. I think Dan Brown should stick writing stories like the Da Vinci code, not writing about high-tech or computers. Seems that he's not very knowledgeable in this area.
Date published: 2005-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mehh Realistic thriller? I think not, I myself don't mind Dan's work, some of his books are quite entertaining, but I must say that I found this one to be a huge let down, the action sequences were unrealistic and predictable and I couldn't really enjoy the book because a highschool student could easily pick out the logic flaws of this novel's plotline. So if you can move past the obvious factual flaws and just take this as fiction then it's not too bad, but that's a big if. So over all check it out of a library don't spend $10.99, that's a new pair of tube socks! LOL
Date published: 2005-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No no no Dan made a big mistake when he wrote about something he doesn't know about - even a school kid who knows about cryptography will realize the happenings more better and quick than the NSA's best cryptographers in Digital Fortress. The only good thing was that it raises a good point about privacy and security. BTW, there is NO such thing as the Bergofsky principle. Although it might seem so at first, Bruteforce doesn't always work.
Date published: 2005-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unrealistic Although Digital Fortress started out well, it quickly became unbelievable. Dan Brown clearly researched IT security issues and arrangements and presented the topic of crypto in an informative, entertaining way. The writing, however, had no flow (most chapters were about 2-3 pages in length);the action portions were quite unrealistic and just dragged on. Some of the scenes were downright ridiculous. An example is when, near the book's climax, the NSA's star cyrptographer, in the process of solving the nasty worm that is about to compromise the NSA's computer files and network (and the security of the United States), is distracted by her boyfriend, telling how much she loves him. Unless you can find Digital Fortress in a flea market, don't waste $10.99 on it!
Date published: 2005-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I loved everything about this book. Didn't even know an orginization like the NSA even existed until reading this book. Would definitly recommend it. Found it more intresteing the Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2005-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from digital fortress Picked up this book together with Angels and Demons and Deception Point, because I liked The Da Vinci Code, all I can say is Im hoping the other two are a better read. I normally read a book like this in a few hours, but Ive been carrying this around for the best part of a week trying to maintain interest in it. i didnt think it was a great plot. I wouldnt recommend it.
Date published: 2005-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read!!! This book was just amazing. I could not put it down, it was just full of twists and turns. It is very fast paced and never gets boring. I was on edge the whole time. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2005-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great plot. Riddled with techincal holes It has been a while since I have read a book with a plot twist that I couldn't see coming a mile away. Dan Brown expertly crafts scenes that are far deeper than they appear. Definitely one of the better plotlines. However, being a programmer and knowing cryptographic theory (covered in math and computer science courses throughout my university career), I cringe everytime Brown mentions anything techincal. It would appear that Brown knows quite a bit about mathematics, computing, programming and cryptography, but upon reading his work, it is obvious that his knowledge is minimal. The erroneous details are far too numerous to mention, so I'll only go into the most important one. There is no Bergofsky principle. In fact it is well within reason to write an unbreakable code. In WWII, besides Enigma, they also used one-time-pads . This was already unbreakable. If you wanted to replicate the unbreakable code technique used in Digital Fortess, all you would have to do is encrypt it twice. It would be impossible to tell when the message has been deciphers because the plaintext is another ciphertext. Doesn't take NSA geniuses to figure that out. There's nothing wrong with bending facts to fit the plot, but at some point you risk misleading the masses, making fact of your fiction. If you are not computer/math/crypto savvy, this is a great read. If you are, then be prepared to look past almost all the technical details and read it as if it were an alternate reality where mathematics work completely differently. If you enjoyed Digital Fortress, consider Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. A crypto-thriller WITH techincal accuracy :)
Date published: 2005-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I bought this book without reading the back, all I saw was DAN BROWN and I knew that it would be a great read. And it was great, I finished it that night. I work at a book store and I find that a lot of people don’t think twice about reading it because the title includes ‘digital’ which almost sounds technical. But I enjoyed this book immensely and I would suggest it to anyone. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, this book was brilliant!
Date published: 2005-04-21

– More About This Product –

Digital Fortress: A Thriller

by Dan Brown
Read by Bruce Sabath

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.78 × 5.26 × 0.8 in

Published: August 30, 2011

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1427214425

ISBN - 13: 9781427214423

From the Publisher

A masterful thriller by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Da Vinci Code
When the NSA’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, 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 complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, 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 loves.

About the Author

Dan Brown is a graduate of, and has taught English at, Phillips Exeter Academy. He received his B.A. in English from Amherst College. He lives in New Hampshire.

Editorial Reviews

“Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. The Da Vinci Code is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius.” —NELSON DeMILLE, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I’ve ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles.”—CLIVE CUSSLER, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The Da Vinci Code is a dazzling performance by Brown, a delightful display of erudition.” — The Boston Globe
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