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I have never read a book by Dan Brown before, I watched the Da Vinci Code and wasn't too fussed on it, so that put me off a bit until now. I have been going through books at a fast pace recently, and the synopsis on the back of this book intrigued me:
"When a new NASA satellite detects evidence of and astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much needed victory.....a victory that has profound implications for US space policy and the impending presidential election.
With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Arctic to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable - evidence of scientific trickery - a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.
But before Rachel can make her findings known, she realises, perhaps too late, that such knowledge puts her and Tolland in deadly jeopardy. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, they possess only one hope for survival: to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all...."
From the first page of this book i was hooked - the prologue describes a scene where the Geologist Dr Brophy is forced at gunpoint to transmit a mysterious message while he was navigating the harsh terrain of the Tundra. The author creates such vivid visualisation of the scene I felt quite nauseous reading it. It turns out this is not the only time i was to have this feeling while reading Deception Point, however it is not so much to be off-putting. The ability to evoke that strong a response from me within two and a half pages is the sign of a good book in my opinion, and i was not disappointed.
There are some very big characters in the book, which is not surprising considering it is based around a presidential election. The President and the Senator however are not the main characters and instead the focus is on the people who surround them. The book is cleverly written and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen and who did what all the way through. I guessed who was behind the deception before it was revealed in the book, but that did not detract from it or lose my attention as i was dying to know if i was right or not. There were a lot of undercurrents and complexities to the story, which i believe added to the sense that this could really have happened. I got a real sense of conflict and an understanding of the dirty moves that seem to be rife in politics while reading, as well as a strong feeling of staff loyalty and powerful positioning going on. The book gave me that edge of terror that comes with being almost too close to the truth, as well as a feeling of satisfaction for having read it. I also believe the scientific information was covered well with sufficient explanation for me to understand the technical side.
There is a romantic sub plot to the book that appears to just add a bit of extra reading and what i would call the awwww factor, but in my view that was quite unnecessary and did detract a bit from the overall quality of the read.
I would compare the book to an episode of 24, the TV series that puts special agents into impossible situations in order to save the world from catastrophe - i really enjoyed that series and Deception Point entertained me in the same way. A very enjoyable read which was as described on the cover "Unputdownable".
Whatever my personal preference, I'm the kind of person that having started something, I have to finish it. Whilst this may have gained me points with my mother for consistently clearing my plate as a child, it does occasionally lead me to do things I'd be better off doing. A case in point is that having read four of Dan Brown's five novels, I was almost compelled to read the missing one.
"Deception Point" is set in the middle of a hard fought Presidential election campaign. The incumbent, President Zach Herney, is a big supporter of NASA. His opponent, Senator Sedgwick Sexton, is condemning them for massive financial wastage and minimal results. At a decisive point in the campaign, a NASA satellite thought to be another expensive failure finds something in the Arctic, which turns out to be proof of extra-terrestrial life.
In order to ensure this find is presented in the best possible light, the President sends a number of respected scientific individuals to the Arctic to examine the find, one of whom just happens to be his rival's daughter. They uncover evidence that the whole thing may be nothing more than an elaborate hoax and in doing so they find themselves targets for those determined that the truth will never come out.
One thing that Dan Brown has always been good at is finding decent ideas for his books. It can be argued that not all his ideas are entirely original, but the basic idea here is stronger than in many of his books and doesn't require Brown to descend into showing off his knowledge by leading the reader step by step through the plot. "Deception Point" is the first time I've finished a Dan Brown novel without feeling that I've been patronised somewhere along the way.
What puts "Deception Point" above Brown's other books is that it's pretty much a straight out thriller. The characters are uncovering evidence, not searching for solutions to clues. Admittedly, there are still times when they take longer than seems necessary, but I didn't infuriated by the inability of supposed experts to notice something that seemed obvious to me; instead, they just had to show evidence of what they were doing and it made for a much better novel.
What helped is that there are clear parallels to be drawn to the works of other, more established, writers. Michael Tolland, a seafaring naturalist, reminded me of some of Clive Cussler's characters, in description and in character, whilst the behind the scenes manoeuvring at the White House echoed Jeffrey Archer's "Shall We Tell the President?" Whilst this again shows Brown's lack of originality, I felt that the various sub-plots were weaved together well, especially towards the climax where there were also a couple of neat little twists.
The pacing of the story, again one of Brown's few strengths, was excellent here. With two equally intriguing sub-plots, the switching between the two kept the pace high and the storyline where the characters were running for their lives was particularly well paced. Allied to Brown's writing in short chapters, this really kept the pages turning and I could lose myself in "Deception Point" in a way I've never achieved with Brown's other novels, without ever being shocked out of the story by a piece of writing so bad it destroyed the momentum.
Once again, Brown's weakness is in his characters. There were a couple of pieces of back story that sat under the surface and arose as required, but never felt anything more than add ons and did nothing to alter my feelings towards the characters. The twists at the end were good, but on occasion were so far out of keeping with what had come before that they made little sense and this spoiled the story. As often happens, not just with Brown, the romantic sub-plot seemed to be there just for appearances' sake and added nothing but fat to the novel.
But for me, this is the only one of Dan Brown's novels I can come even close to recommending. Even then, I would only do so because it's available so cheaply through any number of charity shops, or on eBay or the Amazon Marketplace. To be fair, the high price of postage from the Amazon Marketplace means the library is the best place to get a copy. Existing fans of Dan Brown will definitely enjoy it but, unlike many of his other novels, it may also hold some appeal to fans of the thriller genre in general, at least more so than his other works.
I am always on the lookout for a new author or genre to read and thought I would have a look at Dan Brown. I have seen the film versions of Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code but have never got around to reading the books. However before I bought any of them I stumbled across Deception Point and thought it sounded like an interesting read. So I thought why not give it a try!
I downloaded this book to my Kindle and it is priced at £4.30 and the file size is 1349 KB.
Brief Plot Description:
Rachel Sexton works for the government and is called in to verify the authenticity of an object found in the Arctic. Once the verification has been done Rachel and a small group of scientists find themselves in extreme danger from people who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.
There are plenty of twists and turns within this book so this means the story moves at quite a decent pace. The story has plenty of action and the characters tend to be in peril quite a bit especially at the end of chapters. This is slightly annoying as one chapter will be following Rachel then end on a cliffhanger and then the story will follow someone else. So you are pretty much left hanging there this did create tension in the story and to be fair you were only left for one chapter before it returned to the main characters.
There are definitely no dull moments in this book which makes for an exciting read. The book does have quite a few political and scientific references but I still found it easy to read and understand. Even though the plot heads off in different directions I was still able to guess who might be behind the whole scheme. However there are a few red herrings thrown in to try and throw you off the trail.
Rachel is a likeable enough lead character and comes across as resilient and strong especially when you see her interact with her father. Michael is another interesting character with quite a good back story and along with Rachel has a need to discover the truth even if it means risking their lives.
The characters could have had a bit more depth to them but on the whole I think Dan Brown wrote them quite well. I found myself easily drawn into the story and the characters did seem to come to life, the story could easily be developed into a film.
This is the first Dan Brown novel that I have read and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. It managed to keep my attention with plenty of action and suspense it was a gripping read from start to finish. I read this book in two days and I was impressed with how the story and characters developed.
although everyone goes on about the da vinci code, i think this is the best book out of the dan brown series. i read the whole thing in two sittings. the story is a bit out there but i found it really enjoyable and entertaining and couldnt put it down. like the other books in the series, this one has chapters which arn't too long so it keeps the story at a nice pace and keeps your interest. the story is also just about the right length so you dont get bored partway through. i think the main character is quite believable but i did think that it was very obvious who the villian was going to be from a very early point in the book and i did feel this this took away from the overall story, if you have read the other dan brown books you will probably figure out who the bad guy is as quick as i did. but the book is still one of the best ive read in the last few years. i would definately take the time to read it even if your not generally a dan brown fan
I have really got into Dan Brown books after taking the D'avinci Code with me on holiday last year.
This book follows the tried and tested Dan Brown formula. There are lots of short chapters, which make it ideal for reading at night when you just want to unwind a bit or perhaps on the bus in a morning and don't always have lots of time.
This book centres around Rachel Sexton, who is the daughter of the prolific and outspoken Senator. the two do not get on but there strory gets more and more complex as the book progresses. Rachel is asked to go out to the Artcic to confirm a surprise discovery in preparation for the presidents speech to the nation later that day.
However things do not go to plan and Rachels finds herself fleeing for her life and having to rely on her farther for help. As ever with Dan browns books they progrss at an ever increasing speed which makes them harder and harder to put down.
There are lots of plot twists - some more obvious than others but overall a good relaxing read. If you have enjoyed other Dan Brown novels you'll love this one
Dan Brown may have made it to the big time with a religious thriller, but he also writes things like Deception Point which is based more around politics. As with most of Brown's other books, Deception Point is a mildly satisfying experience whilst you are reading, but is ultimately pretty empty.
The plot actually reads more like a Michael Crichton novel than a Dan Brown one. A beleaguered American President and NASA make an incredible discovery in the Arctic and sends in some experts to investigate. They gradually uncover a conspiracy which makes them doubt what they are being told and who they can trust.
It contains all of Crichton's trademarks, as though Brown has been taking notes: an incredible discovery being used for nefarious purposes, a small group of strangers slowly uncovering a massive conspiracy and a reliance on technology and techno-babble to bemuse the reader and make the story sound vaguely plausible.
If you're going to take on someone who has established themselves at the heart of a genre, you need to make sure you do a good job and Brown doesn't. The biggest issue is that the book is possibly the most predictable thing I have ever read. As I reached page 18, I turned to Mrs SWSt and told her I had already worked out exactly what was going to happen... over 500 pages later, it turned out I was bang on the money. That sort of crushing predictability destroys any possibility of tension.
Still, it's not an insurmountable object. Books which are predictable can often be fun, comfortable and easy reads; something to pick up and pass a couple of hours in harmless entertainment. There is an element of this in Deception Point. Brown does know how to structure a good story that will suck the reader in. Almost despite myself, I found that I was constantly being tempted into reading just a little bit more.
The real issue, though, comes with the book's length. Had it been around 300 pages, it might have got an extra star. At over 500, it is just far, far too long. The plot is just too slim to sustain interest in a book of that length. There were plenty of times when I felt bored and frustrated that the characters were taking so long to work things out (after all, it took me just 18 pages to suss what was happening and I don't claim to be a genius in these matters). Brown seems to think that by taking a long time reveal his big secrets, he is somehow building the tension and keeping the reader in suspense. He's going to be very disappointed if he reads this review. (Hey. It could happen!)
The plot predictability also infects the characters. There's Rachel Sexton, a professional summariser of complex information (oooh! That'll come in handy for explaining the scientific jargon to the reader!). In an outlandish co-incidence, Rachel is one of the experts called in to help the President and also has serious issues with her father... who just happens to be a Presidential candidate himself. Then there's the intelligent, good-looking TV presenter/scientist Mike Tolland (hmm. Could there be a whiff of love interest about him, do you think?) Various other characters, meanwhile, all have A Past or An Agenda. They are also all really boring. I mean, really, really boring. The sort of people you'd emigrate to another continent to avoid meeting. They are so dull (and this is absolutely true) that having followed his "adventures" for over 500 pages, I just had to get the book out because I couldn't remember the name of the lead male character, even though I've only just finished reading the book. THAT is how forgettable the characters are.
Brown tries to dress all this up with tons of jargon and scientific techno-babble to justify the amazing claims he makes throughout the book. He is at pains to state at the start that most of the technology he refers to exists. If it does, I hope it's a lot more interesting and useful than this book suggests. In the end, I started to despair of all the jargon, not because it was particularly difficult to understand, but because Dan Brown uses it in such a smug way. You can tell he's mightily pleased with himself that he has woven all this clever technology into his "clever" narrative and his constant references quickly become tiresome.
The final issue I'd draw attention to is the massive reliance on unlikely co-incidences to get characters out of scrapes. It's almost like Brown is writing on the fly - starting one chapter without necessarily knowing how it's going to end. He'll manoeuvre his characters into a position of peril and then suddenly realise he hasn't the faintest idea of how to get them out of it.... so he'll invent a conveniently placed submarine or helicopter to get his characters out of trouble. I HATE storytelling like this. I have no problem with unlikely or implausible plots, but at least make them internally consistent and don't rely on unfair sleights of hand to rescue you from sub-standard plotting.
I've read three Dan Brown books now and only really enjoyed one of them (Angels and Demons). Yet, he is the equivalent of sugary sweets. You know they are bad for you, you might not even particularly enjoy some of them, but you keep being lured back to the box for just one more. It's a guilty pleasure; although sometimes (as in this case) the word "pleasure" is not an accurate description.
The best that can be said about Deception Point is that it's vaguely readable. It might be available from charity shops for less than a pound these days, but there's a reason for that. Lots of people bought it new, found out it was rubbish and gave it away. It's likely you'll do the same.
© Copyright SWSt 2010
Dan brown's deception point was released in 2001 and has not gone down as one his more memorable books. Deception points was Dan browns third releas coming off the back of Digital fortress and Angles and demons, these books were very good and it saddend me to find that this did not follow in their footsteps.
Deception point goes down as a scientific thriller , and whilst it is scientific , the thriller section is very lacking. The book is based around rachel sexton , a analyst for american intelligence, she is sent out to the arctic to look at nasa's new discovery where a team of scientists is slowly removing a strange findin from the ice. Meanwhile , her father (senator sexton) is embroiled in a difficult presidential campaign in which this scientific discovery would make or break or his chances of becoming president.
Now although this sounds like an exciting prospect , the entire storyline of senator sexton is very tedious , and is used as a way of breaking away from the action in the artic. Rachel sexton, from the moment she arrives in the arctic , excitemnt follows and this goes right up until she leaves when the two storylines beome increasingly stalemate.
Dan browns ability to grab readers and keep their eyes glued to the pages dissapeared in what is , his difficult third book. Thankfully he has made 4 books which are amazing so i suppose that he is forgiven. If you want the whole collection of Dan brown books , you obviously must get it and can be found , not surprisingly , in many charity shops. But if your just a fan of the da vinci code and digital fortress , its worth giving this a miss.
For those that already have not heard of him Dan brown is famous author who has written Da vinci code, Digitel fortress and angels and demons.
Dan is a fiction author but he mixes some things that have happened and adds fiction to it.His book Da vinci code was very controversial as it asked some questions like did jesus have children that have been hidden across the ages was Leonardo's greatest masterpiece trying to tell us something.
Deception point is about a women Named Rachel Sexton who is part of a government agency that stores and knows about any classified info on America from UFO'S to anything you can imagine.Her Father is going for the place of president. The book also makes you realize how politician's are such liars and they always mask the truth. Dan can go a bit overboard with his twists and the drama in his books so deception point won't be for everyone.Could it be a movie Maybe but it won't do as well I think if people are expecting it to be similar to Da vinci code.
I enjoyed the book as I enjoy anything that is not predictable like some murder mystery crime novels out there.
Its probaly best if you can order this book online as dan brown books are very popular.If you want it new and unused which is always advice able as you don't want any missing pages especially with this kind of book you can get it from amazon for 4.50 pounds.
It will make a good Christmas present.
have a good Christmas everyone will try write soon.
Dan Brown - Deception Point
After reading The Da Vinci Code I got a bit of a Dan Brown bug and went hunting for more of his books, and was delighted after I found this one.
Rachael Sexton a data analyist working for the government is sent to the artic to be part of a team to analyse a groundbreaking disovery. Meanwhile a fierce debate is being fought between President Zachary Herney and Senator Sedgewick Sexton (Rachael's father) whom is running for the presidency. In the artic Michael Trolland (a famous oceanographer) and Rachael begin to find that things aren't always as they seem, and make a discovery that will have a massive impact on the upcoming elections. These stories run brilliantly parrallel to each other, until they come crashing together in a way that no one would expect.
The whole book only covers a time period of a few days, which makes the book really past paced and it is a compulsive page turner.
Along with Angels and Demons, this is my favourite Dan Brown books. If you are a fan then this is a must read!
Mr M had bought the new Dan Brown book, and finally handed me the other two he'd read some time ago.
At his suggestion, I started with Deception Point
**The basis of the plot**
Rachel Sexton is an Intelligence Analyst for the US government agency NRO. Her father is running for President, riding high in the polls, and attacking the over-spending NASA.
So when a NASA satellite discovers a huge meteroite in an ice shelf somewhere in the Arctic, the President sends civilian scientists in to double check the NASA findings. Then he sends Rachel to give the verify the data.
But just as NASA and the President prepare to announce to the world the facts, Rachel and three of the scientists discover that all is not quite as it seems. Then things really start to go awry.
The story really grabbed me very quickly, within about five pages I was hooked. The characters were instantly believable, although I can't explain how Brown gives them the life that I found them to have.
The whole story covers just over 24hours, making it fast paced, which is helped along with the short chapters.
Each chapter tends to jump to another character, which gives you the added dimension of other parts of the story developing alongside that of Rachel Sexton.
I really enjoyed reading this book, although some of the scientist language went straight over my head, and some of the "fight" scenes struck me as more Hollywood than real - tho who knows!
I wonder if US politics are as intreguing as they are in this book....?
I would recommend this to anyone that likes fast paced, suspense thrillers.
I'm getting sick of Dan Brown and his poorly written excuses for literature, like many I read The Da Vinci more to find out what the fuss was about than any real desire to read it. As a novel its badly written, flawed, however, its saved by being well thought out and leads the reader on to find out more.
I then moved onto Angels and Demons and again enojoyed the way the author writes interesting puzzles within the story whilst ignoring the lack of character development, the ridicuolous fact that everyone is either good or bad, but all are young or good looking.
So onto Deception point and any excuses given to the author have to be extinguished, this is standard and rather poor thriller writing in the style of Clive Cussler. The writing is silly really, incredibly short sentences, paragraphs and chapters, chapters ending with such lines as "Rachel got into the helicopter thinking she was going to the White House, little did she know she would never get there"
It induces you to read but the author uses a three chapter technique in that no one chapter segways into the next, instead there is a chapter on another character, then another before returning to the first. Now he puts his characters in impossibly difficult positions, leaves them for two chapters then resuces them in really very illogical ways.
This book is something Clive Cussler pushes out time and time again, beautiful heroines, tall good looking rugged heroes, shadowy and nasty villains and corrupt politicians. The idea for the novel is a good one, NASA play a naughty game on the American people to keep the President in a job, we are soon given insight into the scam but just as the book could have moved into a well written political Le Carre style circles within circles novel, it degrades into a mindless action thriller. The characters are marooned in desperate situations so many times I was getting sick of the ridiculous ways they kept surviving.
On the whole, this has all the flaws of The DA Vinci and Angles and Demons without any of the clever plot twists, games within which the reader could solve and really very caricature type characters. At least Robert LAngdon feels like he could be a real person, I doubt any of the characters in this novel are based on reality.
So if your a Dan Brown fan you'll probably love it, if you're not you'll probably wonder how the author managed to write a blockbuster based on the evidence given in this novel.
I read this book a month ago, and I do not intend to go near it again to refresh my mind. Why do I not want to go near it? It robbed me of many many brain cells, and stole several hours of my precious life the first time, I should really burn it but I have also read 'Fahrenheit 451' and I won't be going there.
Actually thinking about it I have misused the word book to describe this, it isn't a book it's a film plot summary that has been padded out. Everything about it screams film. Normally the difference between a book and a film is that the film has to be a distilled version interpreting and cutting to fit the medium. Deception point would require none of that because it is so shallow, so fast-paced, so plot-driven. This just should not be a book, it should be a film script. Dan Brown has simply chosen the wrong medium for this project.
But even when it finally reaches its correct medium it will likely be a brainless throwaway affair. The book is full of cliches, stereotypes, and implausibility. From the ridiculous implausible fight scenes on the boat where a couple of unarmed civilians beat off a crack team of special forces soldiers with guns, the 'twist' that I won't give away but it's so obvious it's laughable, and the love story that is just thrown in and has no connection with the story whatsoever. There is a 'charismatic academic' so perhaps that is a break from the abysmal stereotypes that abound in this book? No, because this charismatic chap is also a TV personality. The real academics are all of course complete nerds. There is the sleazy politician, oh gosh another sleazy politician, well done Mr Brown.
Other problems with the book actually seem to flow across his books in general, as the Da Vinci Code was heavily criticised for being full of outright lies and half-truths that Dan Brown represented as fact, so is Deception Point. In the front it says "all technologies in this novel exist" however this kind of thing does interest me and I researched several of the technologies. It seems that they exist in hearsay and rumour and perhaps in the fevered minds of teenage boys, but in reality not so much. Unless of course Mr Brown has inside contacts in defense research, which I very much doubt as they probably have special meetings in defense research labs just to laugh at his work.
The book I read before Deception Point was Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita' which is a work of genius, so perhaps my mind was not ready for this book at the time. I want to be challenged to think by books, I want to hate or love the characters, I want to have my emotions stirred. This did none of these things because it is a book written by numbers. I understand Dan Brown was a creative writing teacher before he became an author and it shows, because it has every element of good creative writing. Yet because of this it is a soul-free zone, an example of why too much knowledge of a subject is a bad thing, and perhaps I do Mr Brown a disservice but it seems as though it was written with sales and money in the forefront of his mind.
For all those who have admired the 'Da Vinci Code', this work of Dan Brown is no let down.
Dan Brown, through this book has proved that beauty lies in the details. The indepth research of the author in the niche fields covered in this book is very evident. The information fills up the right spaces in the flow of an absorbing story line.
The book begins smoothly gradually leading the excitement to the high point and then a whirlpool of events dotted by fascinating details engulfs the reader into this thrilling saga.
The story is about a well planned deception in the cold darkness of the Arctic circle. Reader gets a interesting insight into the
field of polar studies, space science and oceanography.
The heaviness of the scientific facts and events is finely balanced with the romance that blooms between the protagonists, a
Documentary maker and White house employee.
Buy,steal,borrow but make sure you read it.
I have read all four of Dan Brown's novels now, i started with Angels and Demons and finished with this book. He is such a skilled writer and definitely one of the best of the authors I have ever read! I particularly enjoyed this one because it was more science based than the others, he seems to have covered the range of subjects with his book and has displayed unprecedented knowledge whilst doing so! This book is one of those that your eye accidentally slips down the page to read whats happening next! The lexicon is a little complex but it is used in such a way that it is not always needed to be understood; you get whats being insinuated. Deception point, i consider to be definitely one of the best reads out there and a very reccommended title for those of you looking for a good book to read!
This story takes us to the cold surrounding of the Artic circle, where within the deep ice floor a meteor with signs of what could only be classed as extra terrestrial life are found inside.
A team of both NASA and civilian specialists are bought together to verify the authenticity of the find. This turns out to be the start of one long, dangerous and for a few, fatal journey for the civilian team.
The mastermind behind this trickery is the biggest surprise of them all, and when the true is revealed it is a real jaw dropping shock.
This is another great story form Dan Brown, it is a shocking, unbelievable and gripping. Well worth the read.