Digital Fortress - Dan Brown

AUTHOR - Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of Thrillers. Brown's novels, which are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour time period, feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and real life appearance covered conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into over 40 languages, and as of 2009, sold over 80 million copies..


§ Digital Fortress, 1998

§ Angels & Demons, 2000

§ Deception Point, 2001

§ The Da Vinci Code, 2003

§ The Lost Symbol, 2009

SYNOPSIS Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth--the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA. When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage...not by guns or bombs, but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves. From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds. It is a battle for survival--a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post-cold war balance of power. Forever.

Quotes –

· “I It is said that in death, all things become clear; Ensei Tankado now knew it was true.”

· “ there was no doubt in anyone's mind that Strathmore loved his country.He was known to his colleagues as a patriot and a visionary...a decent man in a world of lies.”

· “ Every night the young Tankado stared down at the twisted fingers holding his daruma wish-doll and swore he'd have revenge - revenge against the country that had stolen his mother and shamed his father into abandoning him.”

· “He seemed to have an uncanny ability to see past the moral perplexities surrounding the NSA's difficult decisions and to act without remorse in the interest of the common good.”

· “ An algorithm that resists brute force will never become obsolete.”

Pulkit Speaks –

Unputdownable is the word for this one. Now for those of you who have not come across Dan Brown’s books yet, I can tell you from my experiences that there are only two shades to it – either you will fall in love with them or you will end up feeling that they are just plainly overrated. I belong to the class of people who thinks that he is unarguably the best in the business in his genre. He writes books that enlightens you as well as entertain you at the same time. Digital fortress is just plain delight and a master read that runs at its amazing neck breaking pace and makes you turn pages one after the other, till the time you have read it all. The technical concepts and algorithms about system security and how they solve the problems in the book till the very last moment can actually double your interest to know about the field of cryptography. Yes at various stages of the book, it would be predictable but that is no reason not to appreciate the creatively engrossing and brain engaging plotline of the book which is almost a ten on ten pointer. In my personal opinion this is Dan Brown’s not only first one but the best one too, closely followed by Angels and Demons, Deception point being third. I found the lost symbol to be a little over lengthy. Let me know what you felt about his books if you have read them in the comments section.

Rating – 4.5 / 5. You will not regret spending on this one!

Price – 299

Original Language: English Publisher: St. Martin's Press Country: U.S.A. Publication Date: 1 January 1998 ISBN: 0312263120 Page Count: 431

PS – Apologies for the irregularity on the blog from my side. It’s not intentional but forcefull. The new schedule in the job is just too stressful at the moment . Shall try to post and stay interactive with all you guys soon. Came to Kanpur for a day at home and managed time to post this. How is everyone doing by the way? Let there be comments! : )


  1. I have read this book and its different from his other books but unputdownable as all his works! I had read this one in one go :) :)

    Welcome back!

  2. The first Dan Brown book i read .. the chase and the plot is perfect but i thought the answer was too obvious in the end :)

  3. i didnt like this book at all. Nor the other one which was not a continuation of the illuminati series.

    And as Nimue said, the ending was quite obvious. Though i did like it better than Deception Point and the lost symbol.

    Btw where were you mate?? Work is killing you :D

  4. @maithili - m glad u liked it too :)

    @ nimue and @ FL - As I said :)U either love his stuff or find it a headache :D there is no line in between!

    PS - @ FL - yes its killing me, and plus a lot of other stuff around my new life is killing me. Will let u know soon about it!

  5. I've read this book, it was really interesting. I liked all Dan Brown books, this one was one of the best though


  6. I disagree with the lot. This book was the last Dan Brown book i read and it was a little Anti climatic in comparison with his other books. From Pure Drama, action and intrigue it came down to Occasional Drama and an obvious plot. I certainly think that this book could have been better. Much much better.


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