Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown

Cover ImageFinished 1-20-10, rating 4/5, thriller, pub. 1998

It is said that in death, all things become clear; Ensei Tankado now knew it was true.  As he clutched his chest and fell to the ground in pain, he realized the horror of his mistake.

first sentences of book

Susan is head of the Cryptology department at the NSA and very good at her job.  David, her fiancé, is a well-respected professor and foreign-language specialist.  The search is on for a hidden code that, if not found, will reveal all the secrets of the United States government to everyone that has internet access.  Susan is working at NSA headquarters in Maryland, trying to track down the programmer holding NSA hostage and David is sent to Spain to recover the code from a dead man.  Of course, it could not be that easy and both are faced with danger and deception.

This book is fast read.  It’s over 400 pages, but it will keep you reading, much like the other Dan Brown books I’ve read.  Alternating between the cerebral NSA code breakers and the action packed race to find a ring in Spain before the killer just behind you, worked and the tension was palpable.  It did get a bit melodramatic for me at the end, but that didn’t stop me from flipping the pages as fast as I could.

I recommend this for Dan Brown fans, thriller fans, and those who love technology and code breaking. 

This book is from my personal library and was recommended by Melody, Molly, Virginie, and Jason.  Here’s Molly had to say…”Very different from Dan Brown’s usual religious symbolism. I liked this one very much because it was not what I had become accustomed to from him. Guilty pleasure.”