Deception Point

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 2006

byDan Brown

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A shocking scientific discovery. A conspiracy of staggering brilliance. A thriller unlike any you've ever read....

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory -- a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery -- a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the president, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

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A shocking scientific discovery. A conspiracy of staggering brilliance. A thriller unlike any you've ever read....When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory -- a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impend...

Dan Brown is the bestselling author of two previous novels, Digital Fortress and Angels & Demons. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit the author's Web site at www.danbrown.com.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 7.5 × 4.12 × 1.5 inPublished:April 1, 2006Language:English

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Rated out of 5 by from Excelent !,this book was interesting , full of back stabbing and all the good ingredients for a well written thriller ... loved it
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't stop reading! Dan Brown keeps surprising me. After reading The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol, I was afraid this book wouldn't be as good without Robert Langdon as the protagonist. Was I ever wrong! I finished the book last night around 3 am because I couldn't go to bed before I knew how it ended. It starts a bit slow but it picks up around halfway through the book just like his other novels. I love how you learn stuff throughout the book without losing interest, the thrill is never ending! I'm now going to pick up the only book I haven't read by Dan Brown, Digital Fortress, and I can't wait for his next!! I recommend it to anyone who read and liked any of Dan Brown's novels.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Political Thriller This was a great book about what leaders would do to win votes, another fast paced book by dan brown great job!
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay maybe I found it a bit slow and too technical. The story does take off at about half way through the book. Personally, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demonds had more interesting story line. Do not know if I would recomend this book unless you are a NASA freak. I do not however regret reading it.
Date published: 2009-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyebrow Raiser Spectacular to read. The plots and events were creative and well thought out. I even reread it a couple times.
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deception Point This book was awesome, I couldn't out it down. I think anyone who enjoys Dan Brown would love Deception Point!
Date published: 2008-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Wow...The main character of this novel should have been dead about 10 times. Dan Brown always picks the most interesting topics, includes lots of danger, mystery and even a touch of romance. Again, where can a woman find a real man like this in real life...but in a book. A great read, especially for Dan Brown fans. I still enjoyed this book more than 'The Da Vinci Code.'
Date published: 2008-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One for your home library From the moment I started to read this story I was captured by the storyline and was unable to put it down. Each chapter was small so I kept saying I will wait to the next chapter, then the next one, then the next. I highly recommend this book even for the busybody who doesn't have time to sit down and enjoy a good book. The characters were interesting and the story is believable.
Date published: 2008-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining Dan Brown did an excellent job with this novel. He has an amazing way of weaving fact with fiction, especially in this book. I think this is an excellent book that keeps you hooked to the end. It is a little bit too suspenseful at the beginning, but it turns out great. Once you get around 70 pages in, the story becomes incredible. You'll always be telling yourself "Woah! I didn't expect that!" as you are reading it. This book was really cool. If you like this type of book, check out matt reilly and read these three:
Date published: 2007-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast plot This thriller is so intense, has so many twists and turns, is packed with fast moving plots, visual descriptions and a bit of romance it is almost impossible to put it down. This novel is an outstanding read.
Date published: 2007-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from a bit boooorring!!! The plot, characters, etc. are simply boring. The worst parts of the book are the first 36-40 chapters. But the storyline does improve. Both ‘the Da Vinci Code’, ‘Angels & Demons’ (respectively) are better. Sadly, the least boring thing about this book is the info about NASA; I understand that “all technologies described in this novel exist.” Even though, I do not regret reading ‘Deception Point’, I would never recommend it.
Date published: 2007-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Decent Book This book starts off rather slow. I didn't find myself wanting to read it very often. I had to force myself to sit down and crack it open. But once I got about half way through, the book started to get very interesting. Dan Brown does an excellent job of lacing fact with fiction. Average book.
Date published: 2007-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Very well written and believable spy-like story. Fast paced with lots of action and no boring bits. It was like watching a film unfold in my head! Highly recommended if you like action/spy/high tech movies.
Date published: 2006-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stretch of the imagination Dan Brown's book about the intruige revolving around a NASA discovery in the far North commands the reader's attention from its very beginning! One finds oneself swept into a magnificent story that seems to begin when NASA finds a rock, that appears to contain evidence of life from a distant planet , buried in an Arctic glacier. NASA officials allow the President of the United States to tell the public about NASA's discovery just in time to save the president's failing attempt to be re-elected. But is this relic from outer space real or is it a forgery concocted to make the public believe that NASA is still an American hero and not just a has-been project and burden to the nation's finances. The reader is kept guessing until almost the end of the book, never really knowing which character is truly innocent and who is has masterminded the deception. This book is fascinating, too, in that it makes the reader ask important questions about US national priorities and humanity's respect for the environment and, in fact, the universe, versus private industry's quest for big money. The book holds out splendidly until the very end when the heroin and her companions experience some action that requires the reader to reach out and embrace the completely impossible! The fantastic conclusion to the adventure lived through by the heroin comes close to ruining the power of the book but if you're into American action film type antics, this will be the ending for you!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrill-seekers Delight Dan Brown writes with such conviction that it never ceases to amaze me. When I was reading this book I felt like I was right there in the book along with the heroes/heroin trying to escape from the dire situations. This book is absolutely amazing and if you are looking for page after page thrills; a book that makes you want to stay up way past your bedtime then I recommend this book to you.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book I wanted to read more Dan Brown books so I thought that I would try this one. Was it sure a page turner. I couldn't put it down once I started the book. I sure hope he writes more of this caliber. Additionally, I thought the technology described in this book was awesome and makes you think because apparently it's supposed to be existing today!!! A great read!
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable read I loved this book. Dan Brown's writing style keeps the reader engaged in the story. I had a hard time putting the book down. The story line in this book is very different from The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, however, the story was still as fast paced. This book is worth a read.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooooo Good I thought this book was excellent. It was as good or maybe better than the da vinci code. It doesn't take off as fast, but when it does you'll find yourself flipping pages faster and faster.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A true Decpetion If you pick this up thinking that it might be as good or better then the Da Vinici code or Angels and Demons you'll be absolutly and utterly wrong. I'm not saying that its a "bad" book, there are a few events that spark interests in even the most seasoned reader but the plot does need to be worked on and the characteres better developed. It also doesn't really seem the "thrill" all that much either but nontheless if you've got nothing better to do but look up at your ceiling i suggest you pick this book up.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Thriller I enjoyed it every bit as much as the DaVinci Code.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book A must read. An excellent thriller.
Date published: 2006-05-13

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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. s24"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."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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