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Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth — the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA.

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious
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Paperback, 510 pages
Published 2004 by Corgi books (first published February 1998)
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Mohammed Arabey
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Sincere Debut Novel..

عندما نتحدث عن العمل الأول للمؤلف دائما ما نجد عيوب حبكة، ثرثرة بلا هدف، حشو، شخصيات باهتة..طغيان لايدولوجية المؤلف السياسية بغباء
ولكن في حالة دان براون فالعمل الأول تم 'برمجته' بإتقان..وتلغيمه بالرموز

ايقاع متناسب مثير، معلومات غزيرة لها مكانها بالأحداث، ألغاز، شخصيات قوية 'ثلاثية الابعاد' وأحداث تحبس الأنفاس
وهجوم سياسي محايد وسليم علي أمريكا نفسها، يجعلها رواية عالمية بحق

في رواية سبقت عصرها في المعلومات حول العالم الرقمي والبرمجة وعوالم الانترنت وتاريخه

تبدأ في وكالة أمريك
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Seizure Romero
Dec 18, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zzzzznrk, shite, fiction
There's a reason why everyone talks about The DaVinci Code and not about this book. I have no idea what that reason would be, because I thought Angels & Demons was mediocre so I never bothered to read the The DaVinci Code. Anyway, I was bored and a copy of this was sitting at the library for a quarter and I thought "WTF, mate, I'll give it a go."

The first page of chapter 1 starts with Susan Fletcher waking from a romantic dream to the ringing of the telephone:

"Susan, it's David. Did I wake y
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Ninoska Goris
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Este es el primer libro escrito por Dan Brown y, aunque es bueno, no tiene el mismo enganche que los siguientes.

Tampoco esta Robert Landon.

La NSA ha interceptado un código pero no lo pueden decifrar. La única pista esta oculta en el cadáver de Ensei Takado, fallecido en España.

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This is the first book written by Dan Brown and, although it is good, it does not have the same hook as the following ones.

Nor is Robert Landon.

The NSA has intercepted a code but can not decipher it.
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Rimon Alania
I work in the Information Technology field so relating to this book was easy for me. I don’t know anything about NSA (National Security Agency) and how they operate but I know stuff like encryption, algorithm, anagram, computer virus, code-breaking, etc. So, this book glued me from start to finish. My officemate has been telling me that this is his favorite Dan Brown book. He said that since I’ve read all his 4 other novels, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point (all 3 stars, i.e ...more
Archit Ojha
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own


Spine wrecking thriller. Never could I put my popcorn down.

A complete and comprehensive review on my lists this year!
Fabian
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
The topic is quite interesting & having an author perfectly fit the shoes of one so revered (talking, of course about the late great Michael Crichton) is truly magnificent, in my book. This thriller is fast (hooray!) and riveting. It is relevant to modern times & some reviewers have gone as far as calling it plausible.

But it must be said that its an adventure less compelling than The Da Vinci Code, even more contrived; devoid of interesting characters but plagued with dead ends, ineffect
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Matthew
Dan Brown is not just Da Vinci Code! This is a pretty good cyber-thriller. It resonates well in a world where data security and hacking are a part of the daily news. Check it out if you are a fan of fast paced thrillers with lots of suspense. (It has short chapters, too, which I like a lot)
Ehsan
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هل أنت مبرمج ؟
إذاً ، لا تفوت قراءة هذه الرواية :)
عامة الناس سوف يستمتعون بقراءتها ، وأنتَ وحدك من سوف يفهم ما وراء سطورها
وشيفراتها ، سوف تشعر بأنها تعنيك أنتَ وحدكـ .

أذهلتني هذه الرواية ، عشتُها لحظةً بلحظة ، حرفاً بحرف ، كنتُ أستيقظ باكرًا لأبدأ قراءتها حتَّى تتعب عيناي ، مختلفةً هذه الحكاية عن كل ما قرأتُه وسوف أقرأه !.

سؤالين يتبادران إلى ذهني الآن ، أولهما / ما هو تخصص دان براون ؟ التاريخ ؟ علم الأديان ؟ أم البرمجة :)

السؤال الآخر / لماذا النساء في روايات بروان مثالياتٌ إلى حدٍّ غبي ؟

AJ LeBlanc
May 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My book group chose this book and I will never forgive them.

I’ve never read anything by Dan Brown. He doesn’t write my type of fiction, so while I was aware that he’s a huge success, I never bothered to pick any of his books up because I knew I wouldn’t be interested.

What I didn’t know is how much of a shit writer he is.

I’m sure he cries into a giant pile of money every single time someone tells him that.



Digital Fortress is about the government and secrecy. Susan Fletcher works for a super top s
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Hendrata
Jul 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I learned that Dan Brown is a bad writer and I will never read any of his other books. I also am upset at my friend for recommending me this book.


In short, the book is a bad novel, and a very bad novel if you know anything about math / cryptography.
Not only the technical errors were appalling, but the writing style itself is mediocre.


WARNING: spoiler here.

There is a scene where the heads of NSA along with some of the smartest people on Earth were trying to solve a riddle left by the bad guy as a

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Sanjay Gautam
A Good Thriller, if you ignore a few things.
Kim
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what to believe after reading this book. I've always liked Dan Brown's books because he writes so realistically, using big words to belittle readers about how little they know.
Or so I thought.
After reading this book, I did a little snooping of my own (OK, those were big words too, I just used Google) and realised that most of the technology, computers and cool machinery did not exist. In fact, Goodreads was an excellent source of information of unhappy reviewers tearing down this bo
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Ankit Agrawal
No matter what people want to say about Dan Brown or his books or hatred towards him you got to admire the fact that what he brings to the table no one else does.

This was the book which brought me to the beautiful world of books. Before reading this book I though reading was a bit cissy and a waste of time since everything is fictional, why not better read some spiritual/self help and knowledge books. After reading this book everything changed, I started to read more and more fiction and today b
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مصطفي سليمان
اول مرة الرواية اتنشرت كانت 1998
فل
عادي ايه المشكلة

لا ابدا مفيش مشاكل
المشكلة البسيطة
انه بيتكلم ف تقنيات في الانترنت
وفي شغل برمجة واخترقات وشفرات
وجو الكتروني يحسسك اننا بنتعامل مع جهاز الكمبيوتير
كانه رايو وتلفزيون

انا اتقفلت وانا بقرأ الرواية دي كذا مرة
انا مش فاهم
الراجل بيقول كلام مهم وواضح هو عارف بيتكلم كويس عن ايه

لان دان براون مش بيكتب علشان اكل العيش صعب
الراجل بيكتب وبيعمل ابحاث مطولة بالسنين
طيب بالنسبة للرواية دي
عن الانترنت ف سنة 1998
ايه بقي؟

خدعة لطيفة جننتي ف نهاية الرواية وخلاص والدينا ت
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Madeline
Aug 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
I don't even remember what this one is about. There's a CIA computer technician, and all I can remember about her is the scene where a security guard is ogling her sweet, sweet ass and wondering in bafflement how a woman with a 192 IQ could be so damn fuckable. Also, I'm pretty sure she saves the world with computers, but we're not supposed to care because she does it while her shirt is partially unbuttoned. She may have gotten wet at some point, too.

LITERATURE.
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Review also at
http://edwardsghostengine.wordpress....

What a ride! All I can say is Dan Brown is one hell of a thriller writer! I will admit that this type of book is not really my cup of tea (I picked it up on a whim) because I’m more of a fantasy/ paranormal fan and this was far from that. I also will admit I nearly didn’t read this and nearly sent it back to the library so I could have more fantasy books. I’m so glad I thought otherwise!

From reading other reviews, Dan Brown has been described
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Radwa
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رسميا .. أصبح دان براون هو الروائى المفضل لى
رواية فيها رومانسية . خطر . إثارة . و مغامرة رائعة كعادته
و الأشخاص بتتكشف بطرق فظيعة .. و كنت بحس بالتوتر بيزيد مع كل صفحة
هى عبارة عن مركز الأمن القومى فى أمريكا عندما تتم محاولات اختراقه
رااااائعة .. و فعلا من أروع ما قرأت
أنا أحترم هذا الرجل !!

Officially Dan brown is my favorite author now!
the novel has got it all, danger, romance, excitement, and a great adventure as always
the revealing of each character's role & plot is amazing and the tension ge
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Arwen56
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition





Avevo ragione a pensare che leggendo che questo libro mi sarei fatta due sane risate. Infatti, a mio modesto avviso, Dan Brown è uno scrittore umoristico travestito da autore di thriller.

A dire il vero, di risate me ne sono fatta ben più di due, perché i protagonisti hanno un “culo” che neanche i miracolati di Lourdes possono vantare. Sempre sull’orlo di un baratro, ne escono fuori illesi in virtù non tanto del loro presunto altissimo quoziente intellettivo, che in realtà deve essere assai pross
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Caela Harrison
Feb 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Reading Dan Brown books is a bit like watching porn. Mildly enjoyable at the time, but not really something you'd like your friends or family to know about.

Digital Fortress starts as it means to go on, with two-dimensional characters in a whirlwind of mystery and action. The cast never evolves beyond cardboard cut-out level, but the plot does pick up through various levels of incredulity and intrigue to a climax that ends up shallow and disappointing, leaving the reader feeling cheap and cheated
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Lissa
Sep 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
Oh Dan Brown, how I love to hate you. It seems a universal truth that when you have run out of all of the books to read that you’ve brought with you, it is impossible to find decent reading material wherever you are.

Shamefully, I’ve actually read most of his books. I read Angels and Demons because someone recommended it to me. Though I found his writing to be extraordinarily poor, I found the story to be engaging enough to overlook that fact. I didn’t guess the ending, and it posited some fasci
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Samuel
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What would happen if every nation and person in the would, with a computer, could access every top secret file of the government? This is what Susan Fletcher and David Becker have to prevent in Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. With a lot of action and suspense Digital Fortress is a book for anyone who likes action.

Dan Brown wrote many other action novels. I have read all of them and this novel is just as good of a read as the rest. This novel is written in the same style as all the others. Leaving
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Dan
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beach read
Shelves: thrillers
Here’s the problem: Digital Fortress has a good plot, but it’s filled with weak characters. I really liked the plot. A disgruntled NSA employee develops an unbreakable encryption program (the Digital Fortress) and threatens to give both the encryption program and the key (which is buried in the program) away on the Internet. If the bad guys gain access to the key, they will be able to communicate without fear of the NSA decrypting their messages. This throws the NSA into a panic – as it should – ...more
Yousra
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dan-brown
وأخيرا، أنهيت قراءة هذا الكتاب

لقد كان من الجيد أن نأخذ إستراحة من روبرت لانغدون بطل ثلاثية دان براون الأشهر "شيفرة دافنشي" و"ملائكة وشياطين" و"الرمز المفقود"، ففي هذه الرواية أبطال يختلفون في الإهتمامات والمقاصد

*A Typical American Novel, a typical American end.

الرواية تعبر إلى حد كبير عن الهوس الأمريكي بالتكنولوجيا واستخدامها في كل ما يخدم الإستخبارات الأمريكية والتجسس، وتتناول بشكل ما حرية تداول المعلومات وحرية المراسلات. الرواية مثيرة وفيها تقلبات مفاجئة، فقد تغيرت قناعاتي في أكثر من مرة في تو
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Piyangie
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-library
This is one of the two stand alone novels authored by Dan Brown; other being the Deception Point. Both are of the science fiction genre. But no matter on what genre Dan Brown writes, one thing you can be certain to find; and that is the use of codes and puzzles.
With his unique use of codes and puzzles he creates a wonderful mystery, where the reader is taken on a suspenseful journey. I have always loved Dan's ability in keeping the reader on the edge and making him too run against the time to s
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Abdul Mejid
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية مميزة بشكل استثنائي ومن أفضل الروايات البوليسية في العالم
أسلوبها فريد جداً حيث ينتهي كل فصل بإثارة كبيرة يناقض ما تقرأه في أوله
ويجعلك مشدودا بقوة لمعرفة ما سيجري وإذا تذاكيت قليلاً وجربت أن تتوقع سير الأحداث بناء على قراءتك العميقة فلن تفلح لأن أسلوب الكاتب مثير جداً ويجعلك في حيرة لا تنتهي حتى آخر صفحة بل آخر سطر من رواية مثيرة ومشوقة لحد كبير
Bodosika Bodosika
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Dan Brown never fails his readers!
Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Based upon how very little I'd heard about Dan Brown's two non-Robert Langdon books, I went into this one with very low expectations. However, Digital Fortress is a fairly well-written and entertaining novel. The main storyline is based upon a hush-hush operation within the NSA to obtain and or destroy the only existing copies of a pass-key that, if made public, could enable the use of an encryption program that would create coded messages that would be entirely unbreakable thereby rendering the ...more
Ken
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this Dan Brown’s debut novel after enjoying he’s Robert Langdon series, it’s exactly what you’d expect with quick fast paced chapters and an intriguing mystery - this time digital codes and computers.

It’s a fun thriller than keeps you interested, I did enjoy it but missed that Harvard professors presence.
I’ll have to try he’s other standalone adventure - Deception Point.
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
I think this was possibly my least favorite book by Brown. It lacked a certain something. Maybe it's just because I'm not that savvy in the things he wrote about, but I choose to think otherwise. He should stick to what he does best, historical mystery.
Ahmed Diab
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who will guard the guards?!
إفتح فمك .. نعم أكثر من ذلك .. حسنا هل إنذهلت .. حسنا أغلقه الأن
فى البداية لازم نعترف بشئ إن دان براون هو أفضل روائى انا قرأتله فى العصر الحديث
بعد ما أنهيت رباعية لانجدون
ملائكة و شياطين و
شيفرة دافنشى و
الرمز المفقود و
الجحيم

كنت متردد من إنى أقرا مجددا لدان و التردد كان أكبر خصوصا ان الحصن الرقمى هى عمله الأول و منشور فى التسعينات
بس بمجرد ما تبدأ القراءة بتُأسر بأسلوبه و هتضطر تكمل

الرواية بتدور حوالين عالم التشفير و الكومبيوتر و الإنترنت و لما تلاقى كاتب بيكت
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Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIM
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“Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.” 5266 likes
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards?” 83 likes
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