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Deception Point

Deception Point

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code , Angels & Demons, and Inferno --now a major film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones--comes a lightning-fast thriller about an astonishing NASA discovery that uncovers a vicious conspiracy leading all the way to the White House.

When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an 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 Milne Ice Shelf 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 contact the President, she and Michael are attacked by a deadly team of assassins controlled by a mysterious power broker who will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, their only hope for survival is to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

In his most thrilling novel to date, bestselling author Dan Brown transports readers from the ultrasecret National Reconnaissance Office to the towering ice shelves of the Arctic Circle, and back again to the hallways of power inside the West Wing. Heralded for masterfully intermingling science, history, and politics in his critically acclaimed thriller Angels & Demons, Brown has crafted another novel in which nothing is as it seems--and behind every corner is a stunning surprise. Deception Point is pulse-pounding fiction at its best.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743497466
Characteristics: xiii, 557 p. ; 25 cm


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On the eve of a presidential race in which NASA's budget is a pivotal issue, the space agency announces the discovery of an ancient meteorite filled with fossils deep in the Arctic ice.

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Mar 20, 2021

Mr. Brown is back with another great story that will keep you turning the pages. This time he takes on the entire political structure of the US Government, and it’s relationship with NASA and a number of other factors. It is an election year, and the president is vying for a second term in office. His opponent is a ruthless senator who will stop at nothing to ensure he is elected instead, no matter what is costs.

The story revolves around the locating of a meteorite that was determined to have fell to the Earth in the early 1700s, and has been buried in the Arctic ice ever since. A team of civilian personnel are sent to investigate the meteorite, and discover some absolutely startling information. What this information is I’m not going to tell you, but if it is true then the whole world will be changed.

Once again the lead character in this novel (as in Digital Fortress) is female, which definitely adds (in my opinion) to the overall story as these types of novels have been dominated from the beginning by males. In many cases these males were also portrayed as essentially being super-humans, with a few minor flaws which makes them almost laughable in many cases.

Another great story, looking forward to the next book.

Dec 18, 2019

The remarkable thing about this novel is that it is one of only two stand-alones by Dan Brown, the first being "Digital Fortress". For those of us not wanting to follow the career of the great "symbologist" (at least, not in books), this is an advantage. As long as you do not count the numerous coincidences and do not mind the superhuman endurance of the main characters, this is an intelligent and exciting novel raising questions about the role of outer space exploration. Along the way, we learn about the various secret technologies, which the author assures us exist, if not actually superseded since 2001. By the way, Ellesmere Island, and therefore the Milne Ice Shelf, is in Canada - did the Americans inform the Canadians about their activities there?

Oct 23, 2017

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ArapahoeKati Oct 07, 2016

This is a fun ride--lots of cover ups, science, and bad guys. What more do you need in a thriller?

Aug 30, 2014

Haha, the commentators don't see in any book other than entertainment. But this one is neither humorous, nor entertaining, it's just horrific. Besides, it's not entirely fiction - decades ago it was in the news that a meteorite originating from Mars was found in the arctic ice and some tiny worm-like formations, like some form of primitive life were embedded in it. The book builds a deception story out of this old news. NASA also published many years ago some Mars photos, where arising from the dust were small pyramid-like structures arranged in a geometrical order to illustrate the Pythagoras (Euclides's 47th) Theorem, which is holy to some scientific brotherhoods. I guess that was a deception too, with those doctored photos. A writer certainly has some purpose with a book, maybe not only entertainment but also to send a message to the public without they realizing it. For me the message from this wild crime story is that high-placed officials of the system have the power to order some secret organizations to eliminate some persons who are "in the way," and they don't have to answer for it. This is the only meaning for me of this book. Not funny, this book, but rather a bit sickening.

Aug 28, 2014

First time I read ever Dan Brown and I loved this book - lots of exciting plot twists with a little sci-fi/geography thrown in for good measure

Jun 19, 2014

Written before Brown got famous with Da Vinci Code of 2003. Though a political conspiracy thriller, the science on NASA technologies, meteorite, oceanography, glaciology and panspermia etc sounded convincing. Super read from start to finish.

Oct 25, 2013

Reading this book in October 2013 was interesting & humorous! The latest technology in the book that was suppose to wow us was so out of date! The story it self was typical Dan Brown taking place in a very short amount of time & all over the map.

Aug 11, 2013

Dan Brown writes some of the greatest books. Very interesting, I find Angels and Demons a tad bit better though. None the less, good read.

vjkalnf Apr 15, 2013

About the arctic. Book was OK and well written, but I wasn't thrilled about the subject matter.

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Jun 20, 2014

On political contribution: Sexton obeyed, tolerating the man's gruffness graciously. After all, this man represented men who controlled enormous sums of money, much of which had been pooled recently to poise Sedgewick Sexton on the threshold of the most powerful office in the world. These meetings, Sexton had come to understand, were less strategy sessions than they were monthly reminders of just how beholden the senator had become to his benefactors. These men were expecting a serious return on their investment. The "return," Sexton had to admit, was a shockingly bold demand; and yet, almost more incredibly, it was something that would be within Sexton's sphere of influence once he took the Oval Office.

Jun 19, 2014

Example of science in book: "We've got flagellates," Tolland said, staring into the luminescent water. "Flatulence?" Corky scowled. "Speak for yourself." Rachel sensed Michael Tolland was in no joking mood. "I don't know how it could have happened," Tolland said, "but somehow this water contains bioluminescent dinoflagellates." "Bioluminescent what?" Rachel said. Speak English. "Monocelled plankton capable of oxidizing a luminescent catalyst called luceferin." That was English? Tolland exhaled and turned to his friend. "Corky, there any chance the meteorite we pulled out of that hole had living organisms on it?"

Jun 19, 2014

"Panspermia," Rachel said, now understanding what they were talking about. She had heard the panspermia theory before but didn't know its name. "The theory that a meteorite splashed into the primordial soup, bringing the first seeds of microbial life to earth."
"Triple bingo." Corky flashed her an enthusiastic nod. "Technically, we may all be extraterrestrials." He put his fingers over his head like two antennas, crossed his eyes, and wagged his tongue like some kind of insect. Tolland looked at Rachel with a pathetic grin. "And this guy's the pinnacle of our evolution."


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