Usually one to read the "literary" authors (think McCrae with his "Katzenjammer" or McEwan with his "Atonement") I nevertheless decided to check out DECEPTION POINT. In Dan Brown's DECEPTION POINT, an amazing discovery above the Arctic Circle awaits verification by Rachel Sexton. Rachel is the best person to verify this discovery for the President: not only is she on his staff (as a low-level analyst for the NRO) but she is also the daughter of his most dangerous political opponent in the upcoming election. This gives her the perfect status as a skeptic to join the team of civilian scientists in the verification of this NASA find. Within hours, however, the lives of the team are in jeopardy as they discover that not everything is as it initially appears. Thought the factions of the NRO, NASA, Senator Sexton's office and the White House are far away in Washington, someone has set into motion a series of events which makes it unlikely Rachel will escape the Arctic Circle alive. In the background of the story is Rachel's estranged relationship with her father and a budding attraction to Michael Tolland, a celebrity oceanographer on the order of Jacques Cousteau. DECEPTION POINT is the kind of flawless page-turner that can keep you up far past your bedtime. I lost an entire night of sleep just trying to keep up with the plot twists. When a hapless geologist is pushed out of a helicopter by nameless thugs on page 2, you know you're in for something exciting. This story of political intrigue and survivalism continually turns the reader's expectations upside-down. It is escapist literature at its finest. Would also recommend the following books, though they're TOTALLY different and more along the "literary" lines: McCrae's CHILDREN'S CORNER and the wonderful and very unusual David Sedaris book, DRESS YOUR FAMILY. Again, nothing like Dan Brown, but then, who wants to read the same thing over and over? Enjoy.