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    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, 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 complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.
    ©1998 Dan Brown (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    "In this fast-paced, plausible tale, Brown blurs the line between good and evil enough to delight patriots and paranoids alike." ( Publishers Weekly)
    " Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years...A chilling thrill a minute." ( The Midwest Book Review)
    "Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers." ( Booklist)

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    • Global
      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Amy
    • 19/06/2004

    Meh...

    I enjoy reading Dan Brown; I find his books are based on interesting ideas and concepts, and Digital Fortress is no exception.

    I noted in my review of "Angels and Demons" that Brown's story-telling improves between that book and "The Da Vinci Code". "Digital Fortress", written before "Angels and Demons" further proves that sentiment. Heather from Fullerton's comment that it's "not quite as sophisticated" is spot on.

    The book starts off well enough, and it was ticking along fine until towards the end, when the characters - and therefore the story line - seemed inexplicably struck dumb.

    I read this book basically because it's written by Dan Brown, and I was curious to see what else he has written; as I said off the top, I find the ideas and concepts he writes about quite interesting.

    But if you're debating whether or not to get this book, I would say spend your money on something else - even another (later) Dan Brown book!

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    • Daniele
    • 10/11/2005

    Don't try it

    One of the worst books I've ever read. The technological background is not weak, it's ridiculous. Anyone that has a minimum understanding of software engineering will find difficult to finish the book. Cryptography-related descriptions and explanations are childish. The plot is paper-thin, character motivation is unbelievable...

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    • Irene
    • 22/05/2005

    Not that Bad

    Although some have gave this book a poor rating - the book is not that bad. When you have read enough books the plot in this was easily solved and not much guess work; however the story was good and still enjoyable. It kept my interest and that's important.

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    • A. Listener
    • 09/01/2005

    Don't read what you know

    Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed Da Vinci code and its prequel, so I was optimistic about this read. Unfortunately, I was horribly disappointed. I am not sure if the culprit is Mr. Brown's lack of knowledge about this subject (compared to the subject matter of Da Vinci) or my relative depth of knowledge about it (I happen to run data centers for a living) but I was extremely disappointed in the book.

    The characters were interesting and the basic concept to start with was OK, but from there it degenerated rapidly. By the end of the book I was figuring things out quicker than most of the characters (always a bad sign) and the majority of the plot line had become completely unbelievable. As with all techo-thrillers, the bottom line is that when the machine is run-amok or in horrible danger... simply turn the thing off. Since this solution is so elegantly simple, writers from Asimov to Star Trek have been inventing convulted ways to keep their machines from being turned off, and even more convulted reasons why those mechanisms would be built. Just in case Mr. Brown decides to write in this genre again, here are some good rules of thumb:
    1) Rule #1 of data center design - The EPO (emergency power off) is always located at a controlled and secure location near the exits (there can be multiple, after all) to the data center... not 3 stories below the data center in some goofy catacombe of generators and cooling equipment.
    2) Rule #1 of computer system design - If your $3 billion computer runs so hot it can explode... put a $10 temperature sensor in it so it can shut itself down to keep that from happening accidentally.
    3) Rule #1 of being an international assassin - silencers don't work very well on revolvers, sound escapes from between the cylinder and the barrel.

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    • RosanneP
    • 03/12/2011

    Imaginative and Creative!

    Where does Digital Fortress rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks among the best that I have listened to thus far. It has a creative storyline and most of all, it was read very well by the narrator. I didn't get lost or sleepy as can sometimes happen without good narrators.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character has got to be Susan Fletcher. I do have to admit that this is a biased choice as she is a very accomplished woman and holds a significant position in a highly secure organization. She holds many responsibilities but most of all she is well respected by men in the organization. She is someone that I respect and commend being a woman who is also accomplished and can relate to her with respect to the characteristics revealed.

    What about Paul Michael???s performance did you like?

    He read the book with great enthusiasm and interest. I could hear it in his voice. This brought out all of the suspense and drama into the arena of performance rather than just feeling as though he was reading it because he had to.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There had to be many moments but the end brought me great relief. After all of the events that brought the blood pressure up and the heart racing, it was nice to relax and hear the end worked out in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, and informative and educational as well.

    Any additional comments?

    Although the book was written in 1998, it still held its modern relevance within 2011 when I listened to it.

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    • David
    • 23/05/2007

    Vintage

    This is a pre-DaVinci Code novel, by Dan Brown, which centers around a deadly virus which has infected the National Security Agency's Data bank, and thier code breaking behemoth 'T.R.A.N.S.L.A.T.O.R.' His main character, Susan Fletcher, is the head cryptographer for the NSA, and is called in on a Saturday by her boss, The Deputy Director of the NSA, Trevor Strathmore. Turns out that Strathmore ran a computer algorithem, in an attempt to see if their decrypter, TRANSLATOR, could decipher it. The algorithem was called Digital Fortress, and problem is that this algorithem has a purpose, which is to destroy the protective filters guarding the NSA Databank. Strathmore relies on Susan to find the identity of a mystery man, who has the key to stop the coming disaster. This is vintage Brown! Like his other books, Digital Fortress takes place in the course of a 24 hour period. There is a Dan Brown guarantee which insures the reader that the NSA does exsist. There is an assassin (Hulahot), a love interest (David Becker), suprise heroes and villians to spare, and the fast paced action that Brown fans have come to expect. This is a must read for fans of Dan Brown, or if you are in the mood for a fast paced thriller!

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    • Actor Guy
    • 13/04/2006

    Unbearably Bad

    Oh my heavens. It seems in super secret spy domes they have skylights but no emergency lighting! I think that Dan Brown was paid by the word on this one. Predictable, ignorant, and about 52 jillion timely rescues from the jaws of death. I can suspend disbelief for quite a while but this was just ridiculous.
    REALLY DON"T GET THIS UNLESS YOU JUST WANT TO BURN A CREDIT OR HAVE A TEMPLATE FOR HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL.
    The rest of Brown's books are great, making this even more of a let down.

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    • Scott
    • 20/09/2006

    Don't buy

    I wish I had read the other reviews before buying this book. I'm a fan of Dan Brown's other books but this one is pretty bad for all the reasons mentioned in the other reviews. If you know anything at all about computers or math, turn your brain off as you read.

    Btw if you do manage to get through the book, do yourself a favor and skip the last half hour or so. Reading the painstaking walkthrough of a google search and all the breathless "deductions" the characters go through nearly drove me to a life of crime.

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    • Mitchel
    • 13/08/2006

    Digital Fortress (Unabridged)

    Wow -it was really hard to listen to this one. I loved the Davinci Code and liked Angels & Demons but Digital Fortess was just bad. Too many boring technical details and I wished Dan Brown would stop repeating the same point over and over and over. This book really need to be trimmed down. I have never had to fast forward on a book before until this one. Definitely try the abridged verson.

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    • Thomas
    • 21/04/2006

    Not for the technically knowledgable

    The publisher says "In this fast-paced, ***plausible*** tale..." Well hardly! The plot is so rife with technical errors and inaccuracies about cryptography and computer systems that it's painful to listen to. You can't stay focused on the story, because just when you've managed to forget about the last glaring error, another is introduced. Dan Brown clearly didn't consult with any experts for this story. He confuses bits with bytes, doesn't understand how e-mail works nor what computer viruses do, and on and on. I never made it to the end of the book, and that's a first for me with one of Audible's books.

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    • Gabi Feller
    • 21/05/2007

    exciting and not too irreal

    This book is highly recommendable as it contains a very exciting, but still rational story and holds its grip on the reader! The course of events keeps moving faster and faster till the end (as most Dan Brown books do :-)).The story treating communication technology justs rather shows reality and not far away future...

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    • Amazon-Kunde
    • 26/02/2006

    Schlechtester Brown bisher

    Das Hörbuch Digital Fortress ist zwar gut gelesen, hat jedoch das Problem der Romanvorlage. Diese ist das bisher Schwächste, das ich von Dan Brown gelesen bzw. gehört habe. Einerseits ist die Story sehr techniklastig und dabei aber im Gegensatz zu beispielsweise dem DaVinci Code ganz offensichtlich falsch, dass einige Teile richtiggehend lächerlich wirken (vor allem, wenn man sich ein wenig mit der Materie auskennt). Andererseits ist auch der Schreibstil nicht gelungen - an viel zu vielen Stellen wird auf die Zukunft Bezug genommen ('aber er sollte sich noch wundern...'). Das ist auf Dauer langweilig und wenig geeignet die Spannung zu erhöhen. Zwei Sterne in der Bewertung deshalb, da doch Spannung entsteht wenn man sich überwinden kann, über die unmögliche Story und die technischen Unzulänglichkeiten hinwegzusehen.

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    • Jörgen B
    • 09/04/2021

    spannend

    lässt sich gut hören. leicht verständlich und strukturiert. spannende Geschichte mit lange unklarem Ausgang. super

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      2 out of 5 stars
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    • Tim Bernhardt
    • 23/02/2021

    Bad voice actor

    It sounds like a robot is reading the book to me, really put me off.

    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Petra Friedrich
    • 29/09/2018

    Sehr spannend

    Ich konnte nicht aufhören. Es war bis zuletzt Gänsehaut
    wirklich ein Meisterwerk. Der Autor ist ein Genie

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    • Rosenliebhaberin
    • 08/05/2016

    Würde es wieder kaufen

    Das Buch ist typisch Dan Brown - ich fand es sehr spannend und unterhaltsam. Man darf natürlich nicht zu viele Dan Browns hintereinander, aber für immer mal wieder perfekt. Und ich hatte defintiv den "Will-grad-nicht-aufhören"-Effekt. Den Sprecher fand ich auch ziemlich gut, nach kurzer Eingewöhnungsphase.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Andreas Frahn
    • 10/06/2006

    Solide Arbeit Mr. Brown

    Ein Technik Thriller der Superklasse! Einfach gut! Gefiel mir soar besser als der Da Vinci Code!!!

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      1 out of 5 stars
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    • Hokischnecke
    • 26/08/2005

    Grottenschlechte Story

    Die ganze Story ist an den Haaren herbei gezogen, unfassbar, was sich Mr Brown da zusammen gedichtet hat. Am lächerlichsten finde ich die Stelle, an der klar wird, welches Passwort der Vizepräsident der Crypto-Abteilung der NSA seinem persönlichen Fahrstuhl vermacht hat, das ist so grenzenlos schlecht, dass es schon wieder gut wird. Ansonsten schleppt sich die Story und das Ende ist von Anfang an sonnenklar. Nicht wirklich lesenswert!

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      1 out of 5 stars
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    • Wolfgang Fricke
    • 18/10/2007

    Schlampig

    Der Plot ist langweilig und hochgradig unglaubwürdig, der Hintergrund selbst für Dan-Brown-Verhältnisse ungewöhnlich schlecht recherchiert. Der Autor benutzt wieder einmal ein Aufmerksamkeit erregendes Thema (hier: Kryptographie), von dem er nicht einmal Grundkenntnisse besitzt, als Kulisse für eine äußerst dünne Geschichte. Selbst Dan Brown Fans werden enttäuscht sein.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Roland Schrimpf
    • 05/04/2007

    Tolles H?rbuch mit schwachem Schluss

    Das H?rbuch fesselt bis zum Schluss, der im Vergleich zum 'Hauptteil' etwas schwach ausf?llt.