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Deception Point [Mass Market Paperback]

Dan Brown
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April 1 2006
A shocking scientific discovery. A conspiracy of staggering brilliance. A thriller unlike any you've ever read....

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory -- a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery -- a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the president, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

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Penzler Pick, December 2001: In the world of page-turning thrillers, Dan Brown holds a special place in the hearts of many of us. After his first book, Digital Fortress, almost passed me by, he wrote Angels and Demons, which was probably one of the half-dozen most exciting thrillers of last year. It is a pleasure to report that his new book lives up to his reputation as a writer whose research and talent make his stories exciting, believable, and just plain unputdownable.

The time is now and President Zachary Herney is facing a very tough reelection. His opponent, Senator Sedgwick Sexton, is a powerful man with powerful friends and a mission: to reduce NASA's spending and move space exploration into the private sector. He has numerous supporters, including many beyond the businesses who will profit from this because of the embarrassment of 1996, when the Clinton administration was informed by NASA that proof existed of life on other planets. That information turned out to be premature, if not incorrect. (This story is true; I repeat, Dan Brown's research is very, very good.) The embattled president is assured that a rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice will prove to have far-reaching implications on America's space program. The find, however, needs to be verified.

Enter Rachel Sexton, a gister for the National Reconnaissance Office. Gisters reduce complex reports into single-page briefs, and in this case the president needs that confirmation before he broadcasts to the nation, probably ensuring his reelection. It's tricky because Rachel is the daughter of his opponent. Rachel is thrilled to be on the team traveling to the Arctic circle. She is a realist about her father's politics and has little respect for his stand on NASA, but Senator Sexton cannot help but have a problem with her involvement.

Adventure, romance, murder, skullduggery, and nail-biting tension ensue. By the end of Deception Point, the reader will be much better informed about how our space program works and how our politicians react to new information. Bring on the next Dan Brown thriller! --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Struggling to rebound from a series of embarrassing blunders that have jeopardized its political life at the start of this lively thriller, NASA makes an astounding discovery: there is a meteor embedded deep within the arctic ice. And it isn't just any meteor. Inside the huge rock, which crashed to earth in 1716, are fossils of giant insects proof of extraterrestrial life. Yet, given NASA's slipping reputation, the question arises: Is the meteor real or a fake? That uncertainty dogs NASA and its supporters in Brown's latest page-flipper, a finely polished amalgam of action and intrigue. Trying to determine the truth are intelligence agent Rachel Sexton and popular oceanographer Michael Tolland, both among the first to suspect something is amiss when the meteor is pulled from the ice. Their doubts quickly make them the targets of a mysterious death squad controlled by someone or something that doesn't want the public to hear the meteor may be a fraud. Together, Sexton and Tolland scramble across arctic glaciers, take refuge on ice floes, are rescued by a nuclear submarine, then find themselves trapped aboard a small research vessel off the coast of New Jersey. All the while, the nation's capital is buzzing as to whether NASA has engaged in deception. Or is NASA just a dupe for aerospace companies that have long wanted a bigger share of space contracts? Brown (Angels & Demons) moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just taking a break Sept. 7 2006
By P. C.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finally decided to take a break from my current genre of books. Having been immersed in the "funny, weird, laugh-out-loud" kinds (Sedaris' ME TALK PRETTY and McCrae's KATZENJAMMER) I decided to take on the thriller genre. So DECEPTION POINT seemed like the natural choice. And it was. Now, I haven't read Brown's other books, but I'm going to as soon as possible. If they're any bit as good as D.P., then I'll be pleased. Was the plot somewhat improbable? You bet. But then think of any good book or movie you've read lately. How realistic was that? My advice? If you're not a Dan Brown fan, read D.P.-----and you soon will be.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible - riddled with technical flaws July 8 2004
Format:Paperback
Dan seems to have forgetton that Ellesmere Island is part of the Country called Canada. So his highly improbable characters romp over Canada's sovereignty with the clear implication that the US owns the world. And I'm not a Canadian! Boy those Mounties up there must be dumb to not notice a huge American operation taking place in their backyard.
He stretches too far in his attempt to characterize weapons, computer and communications technology about which it is obvious he knows very little.
His scenarios of corruption and deceipt in high levels of government are so unrealistic they appear cartoon-like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish for more April 14 2014
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I wish this writer keeps on writing for a long time.

My best and my thanks.

Long life to Mister Brown.

Jacques Vanier
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown practices for better books to come. Dec 30 2013
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A plot that is hard to follow and confusing even at the end. We are glad that the heroes survived situations that were completely implausible for survival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read Dec 28 2013
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Dan Brown has become one of my favourite authurs. With a story they moves at a good pace, keeping you interested in the characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 13 2013
By Avishek
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great book but not his best work. The plot was great like his other work. I would recommend buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown: Deception Point Feb. 5 2013
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Dan Brown's books anytime and up till now, subjects are so very interesting. Just love to read his books. Congratulations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deception Point Review Sept. 21 2006
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DECEPTION POINT is the third book I read. The other two were Roth's PLOT AGAINST AMERICA and McCrae's KATZENJAMMER, all of which I liked-the McCrae especially since it was a tad more literary and quirky. If your like most readers, you've probably already read THE DA VINCI CODE, and A&D, and you're wanting more from Dan Brown, so you pick up DECEPTION POINT. It follows suit with the same exciting, stunning fact-filled writing. It is a page-turner, but it does tend to be a little cliche. Another attractive woman paired up with a man who hints at being attracted to each other through their outrageous near death experiences, and the information they discover will save the day in the end. It was smart, fast-moving and entertaining, but a little bit of a let down after reading the other great novels by Dan Brown. Also try the McCrae KATZENJAMMER if you're looking for a short interesting read that's like nothing else you've ever read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deception Point
This book was at first a bit of a groaner for the way it seemed to have picked the persons to validate something for a failling president. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kim Seveny
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond awful
I'll never torture myself again with a Dan Brown book after forcing myself to work through this turd. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2011 by McMalph
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to avoid spoilers -- great book
Finally finished this one after it reached the top of the stack of books I'd purchased recently but not yet read, and was delighted with it. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2011 by M. Bailin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Being a fan of Dan Brown, I found this to be a refreshing and new take on his oh-so-familiar writing that I continue to enjoy. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Excellent book. An easy read. This book I was hooked right from the beginning to the end. The story moved reasonably quickly and did not drag on in any area.
Published on Dec 11 2009 by Traci Reid
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
This book was a strange experience. By that, I mean that as I read it I kept saying, "Nah, that's too far fetched" and "No, no, that escape is not realistic". Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2009 by Gordon Walter
2.0 out of 5 stars Deception Indeed
I loved Angels and Demons, a real page turner and on the strength of that book bought Deception Point. Read more
Published on July 8 2009 by CFT
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