Deception Point – Dan Brown

“Deception Point” opens in Washington, DC, during a tight Presidential campaign. The incumbent, a man of strong principles, is a major NASA supporter. His opponent, who is basing his campaign on turning NASA into a private, non-governmental agency, thus saving the US taxpayer billions of dollars annually, is way up in the polls. He is also accepting enormous illegal campaign contributions from private aerospace companies who have billions to gain from the privatization of NASA. After many failures & much spending, NASA is badly in need of a success.

Dan Brown[/url] seems to have mastered the whole suspense/thriller for the masses thing, he writes gripping books with good fast paced stories, nice plot twists and excellent character development.

I’ve also read DaVinci Code (who hasn’t?) and Digital Fortress, I’m just left Angels and Demons.

Catching the LRT does have it’s advantages, time to read every day, which is nice for a change 🙂

This is, again, a very well written book, suspenseful, twisting, turning, full of political intrigue, trickery games and as in the title, deception..

As the synopsis above says, it’s mainly about NASA and 2 other main parties, the president of the United States and his people and a power hungry Senator fighting for the Presedential slot..

Both are playing games that are out of their league.

The characters are very well developed, the lead being a female similar to those in his other books, sexy and smart, Rachel Sexton this time, daughter of the senator fighting for the presidents room..By the end you feel like you know them, as you should, you feel emotion, puzzlement, betrayal and intrigue..

Dan Brown seems to have mastered the art of writing screenplay style books, flawless dialogue and action scenes which you can easily translate in your head into real live motion, this makes his books very accessible and you never find yourself struggling with obscure words or weird ‘poetic’ similies. He’s intelligent but doesn’t try and baffle you with nonsense, he researches every topic he writes about very thoroughly, if you are an expert in the field he is talking about, of course there will be differences, it’s a work of fiction after all, but for the majority it’s convincing enough.

He deals with the dark arts of religion, politics and science with a perfect balance, now that in itself is a hard feat (DaVinci Code got the religion, Digital Fortress mostly science, Deception point Politics and Science).

This is a good book no doubt, I thoroughly enjoyed it and at points I couldnt put it down, kinda dangerous when you’re driving on the highway (just kidding :P)..

If you haven’t read it, do it!

If you haven’t read it, and you know me, ask me and I’ll lend it to you.

I give it a well worth it, 8 out of 10.

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29 Responses to Deception Point – Dan Brown

  1. Reta June 29, 2005 at 9:15 pm #

    read it liao.. so like what’s happening behind the scenes in the White House eh?

  2. CS June 29, 2005 at 9:32 pm #

    coool i am reading this book too!

    Finished the other 3 and imho, da vincci code is really good, Angel and demon is normal, Digital Fortress is plain crap(seriously i hated it so much that i almost threw the book out from the public transport’s window the moment i finished it). I mean what kinds l33t programmer will set that kinda f*ckup password right?

    Deception Point has been pretty good so far, although I kinda think that dan brown is a racist because the chink / Jap always die first, kinda like those blacks in the american movies, hehe.

  3. metria June 29, 2005 at 9:36 pm #

    I read Angels and Demons just before the Pope passed away … since it talks about the process of picking a new Pope, everything I read in the news seemed familiar to me. Haven’t read Deception Point but since you recommend it, I’ll give it a go!

  4. ShaolinTiger June 29, 2005 at 9:42 pm #

    Lots of elicit sex and stuff to do with cigars? Haha

  5. ShaolinTiger June 29, 2005 at 9:46 pm #

    Yeah it’s pretty neat so far.

    I liked Digital Fortress too, honestly the genius people have the least common sense, being in Security I seen a lot of people with passwords like ‘password’ ‘god’ and ‘asdf’

    I liked the cryptography stuff as I’ve studied that area before. I enjoyed it anyway 🙂

  6. cynical-idealist June 29, 2005 at 11:45 pm #

    I read this one too, and found it kinda draggy. But I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue. He has some killer lines there that had me laughing off my seat.

  7. Zena June 30, 2005 at 1:36 am #

    the book was gooooood, much better than digital fortress (because i’m mathematically challenged) 🙂

  8. Dabido (Teflon) June 30, 2005 at 4:48 am #

    The other common passwords are peoples nicknames, their wife/husband/kids names – sometimes followed by a number or two.

    When I was a system admin, I wrote an article about choosing better passwords for our Company Magazine, but it got hit on the head, as Management thought it was stupid.

    One manager set up a user with root access called justin case – because it was just in case we lost the root password! I had to go through deleting them all after he left. What a noob!

  9. e.t. June 30, 2005 at 5:11 am #

    Da Vinci’s Code is a better ‘revision’ of Angels and Demons, so – don’t bother. It starts the same, travels the same – ends the same. Just different country, different setting, different language… it was a disappointment, really.

  10. vincent June 30, 2005 at 5:57 am #

    I actually think Angels and Demons is much better than Da Vinci Code. I also thought Digital Fortress was much better than Deception Point which I chucked to one side the moment I finished reading it.

  11. Lionel June 30, 2005 at 8:00 am #

    Yeah, I hear A&D reads like a Da Vinci clone, down to the heroine/romantic interest/sidekick stock character. No matter, I’m still in line to borrow it from a friend anyway.

    Spot on review of — not the book, but Dan Brown’s writing in general, ShaolinTiger! It’s almost like the mtv pop music of the literary world, them easy page turners. Not saying I don’t like it though.

  12. hongjuei June 30, 2005 at 1:30 pm #

    Hmmm…makes me wanna go grab the book. “honestly the genius people have the least common sense” oh really? My boss always say that I very little common sense. That means I am a genius? Puhahaha! kidding. 🙂

  13. Kucing Gatal June 30, 2005 at 5:46 pm #

    Mmmm a tiger who reads… intriguing. I’ve not read this book yet, actually I haven’t read any Dan Brown book. Would some hot-blooded male like to read it to me? Meowwwww…

  14. Mack Zulkifli June 30, 2005 at 7:50 pm #

    Wooohoooo ST, you got a meow. Wish I was you, stalker and all.

    Incidentally, I got the book myself, haven’t gotten down to reading it yet. I seem to be the only chap who has not read Da Vinci code yet (have it too, not read) …

    Which do you suggest I read first?

  15. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2005 at 8:58 pm #

    Well all the hubbub has been about DaVinci code, it’s become one of the most read books ever.

    They are both good, different story lines but similar make-up, as Dan Brown goes all of his books are similar to a degree, I’d probably go for DaVinci code first, it’s a fast read as you can’t put it down, Deception Point is a little more involved and not quite as polished although still a good book IMHO.

  16. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2005 at 8:59 pm #

    Heh cool, do it!

    Some people find it drags a bit, but I didn’t find that at all, I do read very fast however, so for a book to drag it has to be REALLY slow.

    I’ve been reading quite a lot lately due to taking the LRT, not sure if anyones into the other stuff I read though like Sci-Fi and Cyberpunk..

  17. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2005 at 9:00 pm #

    Ah I see, seems everyone has a different view point, that’s the great thing about books, they aren’t so linear and pre-chewed like movies so they are open to interpretation.

  18. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2005 at 9:03 pm #

    Yeah I think I might just go ahead and read it anyway, it’s not like I won’t be reading DaVinci code again at some point..

    Yeah that’s kinda it, MTV gen-x writing style, already pre-visualised, just needs a little imagination to get the pictures in your head. I don’t dislike it either, it’s very enjoyable to read.

    It’s kinda like Harry Potter too, not deep or well written, but very enjoyable to read nevertheless.

  19. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2005 at 9:04 pm #

    Well some people are just plain stupid AND have no common sense 😉

    Just usually tends to be a balance between intellect and social skills/practicality from what I’ve seen.

    Who know’s maybe you are a misunderstood genius!

  20. ShaolinTiger June 30, 2005 at 9:10 pm #

    A tiger who reads, dives, cooks and kicks ass, that’s me 🙂

    If you show me your landing strip I might read it to you *roar*

  21. Mr Kiasi July 1, 2005 at 1:11 am #

    Hm… I still think the Angels And Demons is nice.

  22. sapphire July 1, 2005 at 5:19 am #

    i reckon tt angels and demons is the BEST. it’s better than da vinci code! u must really read it!
    cheers!

  23. Lisa July 2, 2005 at 3:09 am #

    After reading the Da Vinci’s Code, I had to read all Dan Brown’s books, so I ordered all of them (Digital Fortess, Angels and Demons, Deception Point ead) from Amazon. I finished the books in a couple of days. But then I had a problem because I couldn’t stop the need to read a book that has the furious pace that Brown has in all his books. I felt like I was in abstinence. I kept asking the booksellers in Oslo, “Do you have ANYTHING that is similar to Dan Brown’s book?” I tried other books but they were not as good. But if you want to start reading the Da Vinci Code, get the illustrated version (costs a fortune but I reckon it’s worth it), it will help you in imagining what Brown is trying to convey.

  24. DawG July 4, 2005 at 1:53 am #

    Yeah, Angels and Demons is definitely better than Da vinci Code IMHO.

    I really wish that Brown would develop his plots more tho. After reading all 4 novels I can’t help but get a nagging feeling that they all had basically the same characters revolving around the same plot with minor variations. The customary cliffhanger at the end of all 4 novels for instance.

  25. ShaolinTiger July 4, 2005 at 2:07 am #

    Yeah I kinda hinted at that above, with the female lead being very similar to those in both Digital Fotress and DaVinci code…

    I guess you can call it his ‘style’ though.

  26. Chuang Shyue Chou March 17, 2006 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m just wondering how you would rate ‘Digital Fortress’.

  27. ShaolinTiger March 17, 2006 at 3:33 pm #

    Chuang Shyue Chou: I enjoyed it very much, but well I would being in I.T. security, I could appreciate when they were talking about Cryptography and all that stuff. For the layman though I would it’s still an enjoyable book, quite similar to his others. Easy to read.

  28. Chuang Shyue Chou March 17, 2006 at 4:29 pm #

    Hello, You are in IT Security? You didn’t find it far-fetched? Well, I mean I know it is a thriller but…

    I was in IT some years ago but I wasn’t in security though I am somewhat familiar with some security and cryptography issues. I find the book to be accessible and like you said easy to read. However… I don’t know.

    It’s probably just not my cup of tea.

  29. ShaolinTiger March 17, 2006 at 5:12 pm #

    Chuang Shyue Chou: Oh don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying it’s accurate, it’s very far-fetched, it is a work of fiction afterall 🙂 Just was discussed in the book was based on real concepts and happenings in cryptography and I.T. just expanded/extended. As far as I.T. and cryptography goes, I much prefer the works of Bruce Schneier 🙂