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, 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 complex that if ...Read MoreWhen the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, 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 complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, 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.Read Less
This was one of Dan Brown first novels which was every bit exciting as DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons
Aug 25, 2009
I wouldn't normally pick up a title like this -- but because it was a Dan Brown book - I did. He is an excellent writer - this book is no exception. It's definitely not on the same lines as DaVinici Code or Angels & Demons, but it's still a good book that keeps you turning the pages.
Apr 16, 2009
Dan Browns books are quite formulaic but nontheless enjoyable
Nov 12, 2007
Consider this Shark Bait
Brown wrote two doppelgangers that twin the structure and style of this book: Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. And those two were better by far. Once again, Brown writes about a woman who is both a genius and graced with a supermodel?s body. Her other half is a very attractive, intelligent professor (they?re always professors). The language is a thin butter of overused clichés scraped over too many details of what the characters look like and how they function on a daily basis. The reader isn?t allowed to use their imaginations because Brown is too busy nailing down every person, place and thing with exact and dreary verbiage. I'm not a Brown-basher. I enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons" for their entertainment value. But, perhaps I can only stomach two Brown books before the novelty wears off, and this was the third that pushed me to the brink. Had I read Da Vinci Code third, I may be complaining about it instead. But I?m not.
Sep 7, 2007
Good book overall.
The narrative is effective and makes you keep reading the book. Its vivid descriptions catch the readers' attention. The story itself is quite predictable, but still very exciting! I would recomend it for anyone who isn't looking for some serious or classic reading.
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