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Digital Fortress: A Thriller by Dan Brown

Digital Fortress: A Thriller (original 1998; edition 2004)

by Dan Brown

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Title:Digital Fortress: A Thriller
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2004), Edition: Second Edition, Revised Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (1998)

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This is a typical Dan Brown story. It's very fast-paced, the evil one is an insider and a little romance isn't left out. The key can only be found in the very last second. The story is placed in the USA as well as Spain. The BIG spy machine which is spying on emails, sms and phone calls is infected. To stop the destruction a key has to be found.

The most funniest thing during the reading was that in the book everybody tries to protect the fact that NSA is able to read and listen everything and everywhere. Well, the same exclamation is actually now going around the globe. Presidents all over the world are accusing the USA for spying on their personal phone etc.. Sometimes I have the feeling that most people are really ignoramuses. Why don't they know that all those different communication mediums can be watched. ( )
  Ameise1 | Mar 9, 2014 |
A riveting thriller about encryption and the world's strongest, fastest computers... and a hacker. ( )
  wareagle78 | Feb 19, 2014 |
This wasn't my favorite Dan Brown book. I liked DaVinci Code and Demons and Angles much better. It was too computer geeky for my taste. but it was a fast read so I stayed with it. ( )
  Ginerbia | Feb 14, 2014 |
This is the 5th Dan Brown book I read, and also the first book I read by him in which Robert Langdon doesn't appear.

The NSA has the TRNSLTR, with which they can decode everything sent on the internet. The TRNSLTR decodes everything within a maximum of 15 minutes. But then, someone has put Digital Fortress in the TRNSLTR, which it still hasn't decoded after 18 hours. What is it? Why hasn't it decoded yet?

I found on the internet it was of the books he wrote in his earlier carrier. You can see that it's the base of books like The DaVinci Code, but it isn't as developed as those books are. You can see Dan Brown has really grown with his writing.

I don't think it was one of Dan Browns best books. It's not very exciting, though there were some thrilling moments in the books. It just wasn't wow, it was okay. I would recommend this book if you want to read every book of Dan Brown, or don't like to read too exciting books. But I wouldn't recommend to read this one first if you want to start with Dan Brown books, then you probably won't read his other books. ( )
  MarjoleinL | Jan 12, 2014 |
3.5 stars

The National Security Agency is a secret government agency that has a program (TRANSLTR) to decode people’s emails to watch for criminal activity. When a program comes through that TRANSLTR cannot decrypt, this poses a real problem for the NSA. It seems a former employee, who feels that people’s privacy rights are being violated, has written a program (Digital Fortress) that can encrypt email in a way that TRANSLTR will never be able to figure out. Only two people are brought in to stop Digital Fortress from hitting the market, and along with it, knowledge that the NSA has been able to read people’s private email all along.

It was quite good. Maybe not quite as good as The Da Vinci Code or Angels & Demons, but still good. It’s the same style of writing, with the short chapters and non-stop action. I was able to figure out a couple of things towards the end, though, which kind of surprised me, because I’m not usually very good at that! ( )
  LibraryCin | Dec 31, 2013 |
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A crescendo of murder, infernos, and explosions... Brown's skill... will rivet cyber-minded readers.
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Kad se neuništivi stroj za dešifriranje u vlasništvu Nacionalne sigurnosne agencije susretne sa tajanstvenim kodom kojeg ne može razbiti, Agencija poziva u pomoć svoju glavnu kriptografkinju Susan Fletcher, nadarenu i prelijepu matematičarku. Ono što će ona otkriti, potrest će centre moći. NSA iznenada postaje žrtvom ucjene, ne oružane, već putem koda koji je toliko kompleksan da njegovo objavljivanje može onesposobiti čitavu obavještajnu službu SAD-a.

Uvučena u opasan vrtlog mračnih tajni i podlih laži, Susan Fletcher bori se za spas Agencije u koju vjeruje. Izdana od svih, polako shvaća kako se ne bori samo za svoju domovinu, već i za svoj vlastiti život, a na kraju i za život čovjeka kojeg voli.


When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machineen encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and 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 ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple U intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies. Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but also for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.
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In most thrillers, "hardware" consists of big guns, airplanes, military vehicles, and weapons that make things explode. Dan Brown has written a thriller for those of us who like our hardware with disc drives and who rate our heroes by big brainpower rather than big firepower. It's an Internet user's spy novel where the good guys and bad guys struggle over secrets somewhat more intellectual than just where the secret formula is hidden--they have to gain understanding of what the secret formula actually is.

In this case, the secret formula is a new means of encryption, capable of changing the balance of international power. Part of the fun is that the book takes the reader along into an understanding of encryption technologies. You'll find yourself better understanding the political battles over such real-life technologies as the Clipper Chip and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software even though the book looks at the issues through the eyes of fiction.

Although there's enough globehopping in this book for James Bond, the real battleground is cyberspace, because that's where the "bomb" (or rather, the new encryption algorithm) will explode. Yes, there are a few flaws in the plot if you look too closely, but the cleverness and the sheer fun of it all more than make up for them. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and a lot of high, gee-whiz-level information about encryption, code breaking, and the role they play in international politics. Set aside the whole afternoon and evening for it and have finger food on hand for supper--you may want to read this one straight through.

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A computer whiz takes on the government in defense of the right to privacy. On hearing the National Security Agency has secretly installed a program that can read anyone's e-mail, Ensei Tankado comes up with a program to paralyze it. A conflict ensues and people die.… (more)

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