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Digital Fortress

Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress.

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Well to start off the book is about people working in a very secret organization called the NSA [National Security Agency] They Break codes and practically save the U.S from all the terrorist attacks.. Now in the beginning we are introduced to the character Susan Fletcher, head of cryptography And her fiance David Becker, a professor at Georgetown university, who were planning to go for a holiday that day but instead We are made to know that he is being sent off to a mission on behalf of NSA to Spain.

Susan is asked to come to the NSA as soon as possible where we meet The deputy director of operations[in NSA], commander Strathmore. In between all this we also come to know about the TRANSLTR, a machine which can break any code there is. Soon its understood that there is something seriously wrong going on. Strathmore explains to susan that they are finally stuck. Their previous employee Ensei Tankado has finally been able to find the ultimate unbreakable code, called the Digital Fortress. He demands that the world knows about the TRANSLTR so that people know that their privacy is being hacked upon or else it explodes and all their files will be able to be viewed by every other person with a modem. And the only way to stop it is by using the pass-key which is with Ensei. But unfortunately he is killed even before anyone can make out what they have to do.

Meanwhile David is in Spain trying to retrieve the belongings of Ensei Tankado, where he was killed. His orders were to touch nothing and read nothing and bring everything back. He finds out that Ensei was wearing a ring which is not there anymore.. And he has to go through many obstacles to find that ring. In NSA Susan finds out many secrets and lies which is an absolute shock for her and is desperate to stop the crumbling situation she has found herself in, not just for her but also for her country and in the end for the man she loves. Now its up to David to find the ring, which is believed to have the inscription of the pass key and help stop the doom awaiting upon the NSA and in turn the U.S intelligence.

* What i liked about the book is the fast pace in which everything happens. The main characters are very interesting and its like a web where everything is interconnected. The thing i didn’t like is the few sub characters, don’t know why but they seem to be irritating especially since they didn’t do what they were supposed to but kept interfering mostly.
But in total the book is a really good read and especially a must read for fans of Dan Brown who has read his other books [ The Da vinci code being the most popular and controversial]

I would give it 3.8 out of 5.
Happy reading:)


January 31, 2009 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

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