Deception Point

Paperback | May 23, 2006

byDan Brown

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When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery -- a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.

But before Rachel can contact the President, she and Michael are attacked by a deadly team of assassins controlled by a mysterious power broker who will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, their only hope for survival is to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

In his most thrilling novel to date, bestselling author Dan Brown transports readers from the ultrasecret National Reconnaissance Office to the towering ice shelves of the Arctic Circle, and back again to the hallways of power inside the West Wing. Heralded for masterfully intermingling science, history, and politics in his critically acclaimed thriller Angels & Demons, Brown has crafted another novel in which nothing is as it seems -- and behind every corner is a stunning surprise. Deception Point is pulse-pounding fiction at its best.

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When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory...a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches Whit...

Dan Brown is the bestselling author of two previous novels, Digital Fortress and Angels & Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he teaches English and creative writing. He lives in New England with his wife.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 inPublished:May 23, 2006Publisher:Washington Square PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice Book!!! Very nice Book!!!
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An OK Read The newest Dan Brown novel is a good read for those looking for something to pass the time with. For fans of his other novels you won't be too disappointed with his new book. I was let down by this book though, because in my view, the basic plot behind the story and the characters in it resemble a copy and paste format from his other books. Though the ending is "surprising" it really shouldn't be, just read his last two books and you'll find out why.
Date published: 2006-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown Surprises Again Again, as in The Da Vinci Code, I was quite surprised with Dan Brown's ability to write a gripping page turner. I couldn't put this one down, either. Brilliant writing. The characters made me feel something, despisal and likeability, and they stuck with me long after I was finished reading. I was less personally invested with this one as it dealt a lot on the political side, which made for an interesting story, nonethless. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from more than i expected How can you top 'the da vinci code'? the answer is that you cant, But you can read this book and it is almost as good. it takes along time to get to the big secret but this book , like most of dan browns books, make you think "wow this could reallly happen!". he is such a great writer and he writes about things that potentially COULD happen but probably never will. The characters are all great and there are so many twists and turns it was just aweosme.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great One By Dan Brown Another amazing novel written by dan brown. Every book that he's written you can see all the research that went into writing the book. Again, this book made you think it is really possible. Like all his other books the line of fiction and nonfiction is very blurred.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn’t put this book down!!! In the Deception Point, a distinguishing male and female protagonist are placed by expert writer Dan Brown into a fast-paced, suspenseful and alarming plot as they struggle against forces that are seemingly all-powerful. My English teacher recommended this book to me and immediately I was hooked onto this book. Definitely a must read for anyone, even people who don’t like thrillers!
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really liked this book. It was a really cool story. I love Dan Brown!
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Dan Brown is amazing. His books blend so much of reality that you can believe they could happen. His books are fast pasted thrillers that will keep you glued until you reach the end. I would recommend any book by Dan Brown.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow another book that tops the charts. I can not get enough of Dan Browns books. this is the 3rd book i read this month inluding angels& deamons and Da Vinci code . Amazing! the fast pased plot, the secrates and unbeliaveble Twists, this book will make you laugh, and make you jump. this is defenatly one of the top 10 on my list. read it i'll see what i mean.
Date published: 2006-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You should definitely give this one a chance... So you have read The Da Vinci Code and you want to read more of Dan Brown's books. Here is the deal with "Deception Point." Brown's style is to write good thrillers that make you not want to put the books down, and this is definitely the case (in my opinion) with "Deception Point." However, unlike "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons," this one centres more around scientific and political plot-lines that do not appeal to all audiences. Religion seems to be more accessible to more people, which is why those other novels are a bit better, but this one is definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read, definitly a Dan Brown Book Deception Point is a highly witty and suspenseful thriller filled with cliffhangers and very in-depth characters. Brown blends state-of-the-art technologies along with a sky-gazer's imagination to create this highly enjoyable masterpiece. Deception Point educates while entertaining all the way through by highlighting on American politics, NASA space missions, marine biology, and the cold-hearted means that people in a position of power will make to meet their ends. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Dan Brown books (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Digital Fortress) and even if you aren't a fan I still recommend it! the end will blow your mind, a complete shocker. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Formulaic, but great mind candy. Dan Brown has mastered a formula- a young male or female protagonist, who has a love interest, and they must travel to some exotic locale in order to defeat the villain, who represents an interntionally powerful institution (the Catholic Church, NASA, fill in the blank). If there is a female protagonist, there is a male father figure who winds up precipitating his own death because of his love for her. In Deception Point, this formula applies. It's a fun ride, but after reading 4 Dan Brown novels, it starts to feels as though one has read them all.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really not that GREAT. I was pretty satisfied with The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, so I decided to buy this book too. But I was not satisfied with it at all, to me Dan Brown uses the same formula in all his books and this book could personally only keep me interest for so long...Borrow it from the library if you really want to read it.
Date published: 2006-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining but flawed Ok, I finally read a book by the biggest thriller writter of the 21st Century! and it was entertaining but some of the technologies he claims are true simply don't exist. Most of the advanced technologies he refers to only exist as powerpoint presentations being used by some ambitious engineers to justify increases to programing budgets. The technology is simply not as advanced as Dan Brown would have you think. I also found some of the scenerios beyond reality, the action while non-stop is a little to over the top for my taste. All my complaints aside though, it is an entertaining way to spend time on the beach or plane. If you like this type of thriller but want something a little more grounded in reality, I highly recommend Tourist in the Yucatan a thriller set in the ancient cities of the New World.
Date published: 2005-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bone Chilling Yes i said it, this book is bone chilling, spine tinggling and toe curling experience! Very original, funny, exciting and leave you wanting more! This book in two words is like drop zone ! You get that nervous feeling right from the begining than when you get to the top you know that the best is to come and when you drop, you feel such a rush you loose your breath! After when you get off, you can't stop talking about it! That is exactly what this book is about! It IS drop zone!
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deception Point Another wonderful Dan Brown novel. This one started off slower than Angels and Demons and the DaVinci code, but ended with a bang. As with the others, this would make a great movie. I love Dan Brown.
Date published: 2005-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book was truly amazing, my favorite of all time. It's very shocking the way it is writen, never know what's going to happen till the very end thanks to all the twists and turns that make this book fantastic!!
Date published: 2005-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This book is definitely a must read! Not only was it hard to put down, but it was very interesting with compelling factoids and exciting twists in the story line.
Date published: 2005-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I do not read often because most books are to boring to read on. this book on the other hand was amazing every page you read something new and intresting happens. this book was excellent.
Date published: 2004-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful Thriller I read this book after reading Dan Brown's masterpieces: Angels&Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Although it cannot compare to these amazing works, this book is still a very entertaining modern thriller that will please space fans and zoology fans alike. I had a hard time putting down this incredibly well researched and thought-out book. It is definitely better than 90% of books out there.
Date published: 2003-08-17

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Chapter 1Toulos Restaurant, adjacent to Capitol Hill, boasts a politically incorrect menu of baby veal and horse carpaccio, making it an ironic hotspot for the quintessential Washingtonian power breakfast. This morning Toulos was busy -- a cacophony of clanking silverware, espresso machines, and cellphone conversations.The maitre d' was sneaking a sip of his morning Bloody Mary when the woman entered. He turned with a practiced smile."Good morning," he said. "May I help you?"The woman was attractive, in her mid-thirties, wearing gray, pleated flannel pants, conservative flats, and an ivory Laura Ashley blouse. Her posture was straight -- chin raised ever so slightly -- not arrogant, just strong. The woman's hair was light brown and fashioned in Washington's most popular style -- the "anchorwoman" -- a lush feathering, curled under at the shoulders...long enough to be sexy, but short enough to remind you she was probably smarter than you."I'm a little late," the woman said, her voice unassuming. "I have a breakfast meeting with Senator Sexton."The maitre d' felt an unexpected tingle of nerves. Senator Sedgewick Sexton. The senator was a regular here and currently one of the country's most famous men. Last week, having swept all twelve Republican primaries on Super Tuesday, the senator was virtually guaranteed his party's nomination for President of the United States. Many believed the senator had a superb chance of stealing the White House from the embattled President next fall. Lately Sexton's face seemed to be on every national magazine, his campaign slogan plastered all across America: "Stop spending. Start mending.""Senator Sexton is in his booth," the maitre d' said. "And you are?""Rachel Sexton. His daughter."How foolish of me, he thought. The resemblance was quite apparent. The woman had the senator's penetrating eyes and refined carriage -- that polished air of resilient nobility. Clearly the senator's classic good looks had not skipped generations, although Rachel Sexton seemed to carry her blessings with a grace and humility her father could learn from."A pleasure to have you, Ms. Sexton."As the maitre d' led the senator's daughter across the dining area, he was embarrassed by the gauntlet of male eyes following her...some discreet, others less so. Few women dined at Toulos and even fewer who looked like Rachel Sexton."Nice body," one diner whispered. "Sexton already find himself a new wife?" "That's his daughter, you idiot," another replied.The man chuckled. "Knowing Sexton, he'd probably screw her anyway."When Rachel arrived at her father's table, the senator was on his cellphone talking loudly about one of his recent successes. He glanced up at Rachel only long enough to tap his Cartier and remind her she was late.I missed you, too, Rachel thought.Her father's first name was Thomas, although he'd adopted his middle name long ago. Rachel suspected it was because he liked the alliteration. Senator Sedgewick Sexton. The man was a silver-haired, silver-tongued political animal who had been anointed with the slick look of soap opera doctor, which seemed appropriate considering his talents of impersonation."Rachel!" Her father clicked off his phone and stood to kiss her cheek."Hi, Dad." She did not kiss him back."You look exhausted."And so it begins, she thought. "I got your message. What's up?""I can't ask my daughter out for breakfast?"Rachel had learned long ago her father seldom requested her company unless he had some ulterior motive.Sexton took a sip of coffee. "So, how are things with you?""Busy. I see your campaign's going well.""Oh, let's not talk business." Sexton leaned across the table, lowering his voice. "How's that guy at the State Department I set you up with?"Rachel exhaled, already fighting the urge to check her watch. "Dad, I really haven't had time to call him. And I wish you'd stop trying to -- ""You've got to make time for the important things, Rachel. Without love, everything else is meaningless."A number of comebacks came to mind, but Rachel chose silence. Being the bigger person was not difficult when it came to her father. "Dad, you wanted to see me? You said this was important.""It is." Her father's eyes studied her closely.Rachel felt part of her defenses melt away under his gaze, and she cursed the man's power. The senator's eyes were his gift -- a gift Rachel suspected would probably carry him to the White House. On cue, his eyes would well with tears, and then, an instant later, they would clear, opening a window to an impassioned soul, extending a bond of trust to all. It's all about trust, her father always said. The senator had lost Rachel's years ago, but he was quickly gaining the country's."I have a proposition for you," Senator Sexton said."Let me guess," Rachel replied, attempting to refortify her position. "Some prominent divorcé looking for a young wife?""Don't kid yourself, honey. You're not that young anymore."Rachel felt the familiar shrinking sensation that so often accompanied meetings with her father."I want to throw you a life raft," he said."I wasn't aware I was drowning.""You're not. The President is. You should jump ship before it's too late.""Haven't we had this conversation?""Think about your future, Rachel. You can come work for me.""I hope that's not why you asked me to breakfast."The senator's veneer of calm broke ever so slightly. "Rachel, can't you see that your working for him reflects badly on me. And on my campaign."Rachel sighed. She and her father had been through this. "Dad, I don't work for the President. I haven't even met the President. I work in Fairfax, for God's sake!""Politics is perception, Rachel. It appears you work for the President."Rachel exhaled, trying to keep her cool. "I worked too hard to get this job, Dad. I'm not quitting."The senator's eyes narrowed. "You know, sometimes your selfish attitude really -- ""Senator Sexton?" A reporter materialized beside the table.Sexton's demeanor thawed instantly. Rachel groaned and took a croissant from the basket on the table.d"Ralph Sneeden," the reporter said. "Washington Post. May I ask you a few questions?" The senator smiled, dabbing his mouth with a napkin. "My pleasure, Ralph. Just make it quick. I don't want my coffee getting cold."The reporter laughed on cue. "Of course, sir." He pulled out a minirecorder and turned it on. "Senator, your television ads call for legislation ensuring equal salaries for women in the workplace...as well as for tax cuts for new families. Can you comment on your rationale?""Sure. I'm simply a huge fan of strong women and strong families."Rachel practically choked on her croissant."And on the subject of families," the reporter followed up, "you talk a lot about education. You've proposed some highly controversial budget cuts in an effort to allocate more funds to our nation's schools.""I believe the children are our future."Rachel could not believe her father had sunk to quoting pop songs."Finally, sir," the reporter said, "you've taken an enormous jump in the polls these past few weeks. The President has got to be worried. Any thoughts on your recent success?""I think it has to do with trust. Americans are starting to see that the President cannot be trusted to make the tough decisions facing this nation. Runaway government spending is putting this country deeper in debt every day, and Americans are starting to realize that it's time to stop spending and start mending."Like a stay of execution from her father's rhetoric, the pager in Rachel's handbag went off. Normally the harsh electronic beeping was an unwelcome interruption, but at the moment, it sounded almost melodious.The senator glared indignantly at having been interrupted.Rachel fished the pager from her handbag and pressed a preset sequence of five buttons, confirming that she was indeed the person holding the pager. The beeping stopped, and the LCD began blinking. In fifteen seconds she would receive a secure text message.Sneeden grinned at the senator. "Your daughter is obviously a busy woman. It's refreshing to see you two still find time in your schedules to dine together.""As I said, family comes first."Sneeden nodded, and then his gaze hardened. "Might I ask, sir, how you and your daughter manage your conflicts of interest?" "Conflicts?" Senator Sexton cocked his head with an innocent look of confusion. "What conflicts do you mean?" Rachel glanced up, grimacing at her father's act. She knew exactly where this was headed. Damn reporters, she thought. Half of them were on political payrolls. The reporter's question was what journalists called a grapefruit -- a question that was supposed to look like a tough inquiry but was in fact a scripted favor to the senator -- a slow lob pitch that her father could line up and smash out of the park, clearing the air about a few things."Well, sir..." The reporter coughed, feigning uneasiness over the question. "The conflict is that your daughter works for your opponent."Senator Sexton exploded in laughter, defusing the question instantly. "Ralph, first of all, the President and I are not opponents. We are simply two patriots who have different ideas about how to run the country we love."The reporter beamed. He had his sound bite. "And second?""Second, my daughter is not employed by the President; she is employed by the intelligence community. She compiles intel reports and sends them to the White House. It's a fairly low-level position." He paused and looked at Rachel. "In fact, dear, I'm not sure you've even met the President, have you?"Rachel stared, her eyes smoldering.The beeper chirped, drawing Rachel's gaze to the incoming message on the LCD screen. -- RPRT DIRNRO STAT -- She deciphered the shorthand instantly and frowned. The message was unexpected, and most certainly bad news. At least she had her exit cue."Gentlemen," she said. "It breaks my heart, but I have to go. I'm late for work.""Ms. Sexton," the reporter said quickly, "before you go, I was wondering if you could comment on the rumors that you called this breakfast meeting to discuss the possibility of leaving your current post to work for your father's campaign?"Rachel felt like someone had thrown hot coffee in her face. The question took her totally off guard. She looked at her father and sensed in his smirk that the question had been prepped. She wanted to climb across the table and stab him with a fork.The reporter shoved the recorder into her face. "Miss Sexton?"Rachel locked eyes with the reporter. "Ralph, or whoever the hell you are, get this straight: I have no intention of abandoning my job to work for Senator Sexton, and if you print anything to the contrary, you'll need a shoehorn to get that recorder out of your ass."The reporter's eyes widened. He clicked off his recorder, hiding a grin. "Thank you both." He disappeared.Rachel immediately regretted the outburst. She had inherited her father's temper, and she hated him for it. Smooth, Rachel. Very smooth.Her father glared disapprovingly. "You'd do well to learn some poise." Rachel began collecting her things. "This meeting is over."The senator was apparently done with her anyway. He pulled out his cellphone to make a call. " 'Bye, sweetie. Stop by the office one of these days and say hello. And get married, for God's sake. You're thirty-three years old.""Thirty-four," she snapped. "Your secretary sent a card."He clucked ruefully. "Thirty-four. Almost an old maid. You know by the time I was thirty-four, I'd already -- ""Married mom and screwed the neighbor?" The words came out louder than Rachel had intended, her voice hanging naked in an ill-timed lull. Diners nearby glanced over.Senator Sexton's eyes flash-froze, two ice-crystals boring into her. "You watch yourself, young lady."Rachel headed for the door. No, you watch yourself, senator.Copyright © 2001 by Dan Brown

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