Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

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Author: Dan Brown

Tittle: Digital Fortress

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 510 pages, Paperback

Published: In 2004 by Corgi books (First published in 1998)

Source: Borrowed from my cousin

My rating: ★★★★☆

Digital Fortress is Brown’s first novel. It starts as the NSA’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher. 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 U.S. intelligence. It takes place in two seperate locations, one, where the top two members of the encryption team is trying to break the program and hack down the pass-key from headquarters and the other in Spain, where the search is on for any possible physical pass-key possesses by the recently deceased creator of the program.

The plot is good, it is intersting and full of action but sometimes it’s a bit stretchy at parts. The characterisation is weak, David Becker is an expert in linguistics and Susan Fletcher is the head cryptographer and a beautiful and brilliant mathematician. I wish, there was more depth in these two main characters of the story. But the plot twist was definitely mind-blowing, the last few chapters kept me breathless.

One of my favourite scene in the novel is where David outwits an professional assassin, it was an indeed great scene. The description of the cryptographers work were terrific. Brown’s writing takes the readers into an entirely new world that most of wouldn’t have even dreamt of.

Recommended?

This book is not a top-level thriller, but if you like this genre, it wouldn’t be a bad book to pick up for a fun read.

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