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Digital Fortress: A Thriller by Dan Brown

Digital Fortress: A Thriller (original 1998; edition 2008)

by Dan Brown

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Title:Digital Fortress: A Thriller
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2008), Edition: Second Edition, Revised Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (Author) (1998)

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The subject matter caught my attention, but this is clearly a very early work. The writing is sloppy... many technical errors and some very blatant misses... like having one of the main characters turn to use a urinal IN THE WOMAN'S RESTROOM!

If the writing and editing (was there any?) were tighter, this would be a very good story line about an unbreakable encryption algorithm that the NSA is trying to break into.

I enjoyed Dan Brown's later works, and this early one proves that writing is a skill that needs to be developed. ( )
  CYGeeker | Sep 6, 2018 |
What can I expect from Dan Brown than a page-turner masterpiece? I admit that I didn't like Origin all that much, but Digital Fortress rocked!

Right from the beginning, the suspense was thick. From David getting shipped all the way to Spain, to the Digital Fortress, the air was thick with suspense.

Though there was no Mr. Micky Mouse...Er, I mean Robert Langdon in this one, Susan Fletcher was a really awesome character too. But I liked David Becker the most. Because he was so out of his comfort zone and yet he managed to succeed at every point, up until escaping from his killer.

I read Digital Fortress in two sittings. The first time, I hadn't been all that interested. But then the second time I just couldn't let go, and I spent almost all day reading it, and finally finished it.

I loved trying to figure out who the culprit might be. Unlike murder mysteries, here, I had to wonder who would want Digital Fortress the most. And when I finally did realize who it was, I was shell-shocked.

Digital Fortress was adventurous, full of suspense and an exciting read! I'd definitely recommend you to read it! ( )
  Swibells | Jul 18, 2018 |
Good easy read about technology of the past. ( )
  rayub | Jun 10, 2018 |
Daft technology thriller (but quite fun) all about government surveillance. ( )
  cbinstead | May 2, 2018 |
I’m not a diehard Dan Brown fan. I do, however, enjoy his books because they’re fast, exciting reads with a lot of action and conspiracies or puzzles to figure out. When I need a quick read (in terms of pace and time it takes me to read one), Brown has what I’m looking for. That being said, had Sweetbeeps not finished this recently and recommend it, when it came up on my TBR Tear Down list, I would have immediately marked it as unread and moved on.

Digital Fortress, while set before cell phones (there are pagers, heehee) and Wi-Fi and much of the tech we know today (just so you know, I do recall dial-up internet, AOL chatrooms and clunky cellphones that could only make calls), is not jarringly out of date. As it focuses mainly on the government’s capabilities to read emails and listen to calls made by the general public (hmm…) and the main focus is decryption, it feels very relevant. I’m not big on cryptology so I didn’t find those segments particularly interesting, but if you enjoy that sort of thing, I think there’s plenty in the book to keep you guessing. The latter portion of the book is actually dedicated to cracking a code and I assume it’s possible for someone to attempt it without the help of the characters if they desired (I didn’t.)

There’s also some espionage going on – while David hunts through Madrid for a ring, there’s someone hot on his heels. David has rather a lot of luck in some far-fetched situations, but I was also raving about what a friggen idiot he was often enough for his efforts to seem realistic. Most of the action scenes in the book center around David and, like many movies, they were slightly unbelievable but relatively fun to imagine.

In general, the characters fell flat for me. David is a “good guy” and Susan is a “smart woman” but I didn’t particularly like them – I didn’t dislike them either. Though, I do think that for all Susan’s smarts, she ends up helpless in most situations and I wish she’d had a bit more autonomy. Perhaps that’s just a product of when it was written, or maybe that’s how Brown usually writes his ladies – it’s been too long since I read Angels & Demons or the Da Vinci Code for me too remember. I wouldn’t classify it as problematic or anything, just annoying.

Another thing that irked me was Brown’s character descriptions. For those of you who may think I’m overly harsh when I constantly criticize YA for giving me a full (and typically awkward and unnatural) physical rundown of the heroes and heroines, let me say I realize other genres do it too. Brown is guilty of giving full-fledged character descriptions in ways that took me right out of the story – and for details that I consider useless. This is obviously a personal preference, but I don’t usually need to know the hair and eye color of a character unless it’s particularly unusual (and no, sapphire blue eyes and fiery red locks isn’t what I mean) or it plays into the story somehow. I felt like Brown had to make sure we knew that David and Susan were fit and good looking and it drove me nuts.

Here’s Susan (from the point of a view of a random guard whose perspective we never get again and doesn’t play into the story in any way – he’s straight-up ogling her as she walks by): “He noticed that her strong hazel eyes seemed distant today, but her cheeks had a flushed freshness, and her shoulder-length, auburn hair looked newly blown dry. Tailing her was the faint scent of Johnson’s Baby Powder. His eyes fell the length of her slender torso – to her white blouse with the bra barely visible beneath, to her knee-length khaki skirt, and finally to her legs…Susan Fletcher’s legs. Hard to imagine they support a 170 IQ, he mused to himself.”

And later, from David’s perspective: “If Susan’s body had been lanky and awkward as a teenager, it sure wasn’t now. Somewhere along the way, she had developed a willowy grace – slender and tall with full, firm breasts and a perfectly flat abdomen. David often joked that she was the first swimsuit model he’d ever met with a doctorate in applied mathematics and number theory.”


Actually, the more I think of it, the more these descriptions bother me (omg, am I becoming woke?) Susan is really the only female of note in the book (aside from one other who is viewed as a grudge-bearing harpy until the end) and she’s only viewed through the eyes of the men around her. (Side note: There’s an especially uncomfortable bit where her father-figure boss has some incredibly creepy thoughts about her, but I don’t even feel like going into all that.) I notice that Brown does throw in a bit about how smart she is at the end of each so we don’t forget to value her brains. But really, are her firm breasts in any way pertinent to the story?! (Sweetbeeps laughingly said yes when I exclaimed this out loud after reading the above quote.) Model body aside, even if Brown felt it was absolutely necessary to give us all Susan’s physical stats, did we need them all at once? Could her hair have been mentioned at a different time than her eyes and legs? She might as well have stood in front of a mirror and described herself (a trait my much younger self was guilty of doing in every story she wrote.)

Not that Susan isn’t guilty of ogling David; and while it’s no less annoying, it is less sexualized: “Becker was dark – a rugged, youthful thirty-five with sharp green eyes and a wit to match. His strong jaw and taut features reminded Susan of carved marble. Over six feet tall, Becker moved across a squash court faster than any of his colleagues could comprehend. After soundly beating his opponent, he would cool off by dousing his head in a drinking fountain and soaking his tuft of thick, black hair.”

At least she didn’t talk about the size of his bulge or his tight ass. She does lose points for the marble carving cliché though.

Then we have one of the side characters, as viewed by the narrator, and boy do they want to make sure we know he’s ugly: “Jabba resembled a giant tadpole. Like the cinematic creature for whom he was nicknamed, the man was a hairless spheroid.”

Are you serious!? I feel like I’m literally supposed to picture Jabba the Hut, but on two legs and covered in flesh, with a human face. Cut the crap, Dan Brown.

Fortunately, stupid descriptions like these are few and far between. Despite my hang-ups, the plot was fast-paced and kept me reading. I finished the book in two days and while my overall feelings are pretty meh, I think this would be a good beach or vacation read. I’m not sure I’ll pick up another Dan Brown book in the future though. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Mar 21, 2018 |
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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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