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Deception Point

By Dan Brown

Deception Point
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2001,
    384 pages.
    Paperback: Dec 2002,
    576 pages.

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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 U.S. 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.

Author's Note
The Delta Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Space Frontier Foundation are factual organizations. All technologies described in this novel are real.

Foreward

"If this discovery is confirmed, it will surely be one of the most stunning insights into our universe that science has ever uncovered. Its implications are as far-reaching and awe-inspiring as can be imagined. Even as it promises answers to some of our oldest questions, it poses still others even more fundamental."
- President Bill Clinton, in a press conference following a discovery known as ALH84001 on August 7th, 1996.

Prologue

Death, in this forsaken place, could come in countless forms. Geologist Charles Brophy had endured the savage splendor of this terrain for years, and yet nothing could prepare him for a fate as barbarous and unnatural as the one about to befall him.

As Brophy's four huskies pulled his sled of geologic sensing equipment across the ...

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Brown's fascination with intricate science serves him well in Deception Point, as he skillfully weds earth sciences and high-tech weapons systems to a complex story of political ambition and intrigue. Deftly revealing a convincing plot, he gives readers an action-packed ride through an exotic and exciting landscape.

BookNews The Poisoned Pen

Brown is a man who lives to research -- and to challenge himself. His excellent Angels & Demons was a two-track renaissance/modern plot involving astronomy and architecture. Now he leaps into space -- giving NASA plenty of the same. Brown excels at pulling in enough science to be sophisticated without ever slowing down his story.

Publishers Weekly

A big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. A finely polished amalgam of action and intrigue. Brown has done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm.

Kirkus Reviews

Brown has an impressive grasp of his material. He is a more astute storyteller than most of his brethren in the thriller vein.

Library Journal

Brown is among the most intelligent and dynamic of authors in the thriller genre. In this dazzling high-tech adventure, he has skillfully blended his own wit and style with the rip-roaring adventure of Cussler and the modern technology of Clancy. Highly recommended.

Author Blurb Bestselling author, Vince Flynn
Dan Brown writes a rocket-fast thriller with enough twists and surprises to keep even the most seasoned readers guessing. This and impeccable research make Deception Point an outstanding read.

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Om the man

Certainly Science Fiction that would fit better in a 30/40-page comic
Oh boy! The book has interesting information about new technology, and the initial plot goes fine for a while... then, the big storm of exaggeration and the author's delusion that the story gets interesting and exciting... when it actually, well, ...   Read More

By George

You new career path?
With many people exiting traditional careers in this changing economy, writing might be a profession to consider. Apparently you get paid by the word, not necessarily telling a good story. As an example of how easy it seems to be a top writer, Dan ...   Read More

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Deception of Browns Plot Point
If you are interested in a book that will keep you up late at night struggling to keep you eyelids elevated, Deception Point is your oasis. This book will take up all of your free time. The way Dan Brown writes is astonishing. The way that Brown ...   Read More

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deception point
what a book,couldnt put it down but i had to as i was reading it at work,not alot got done.the way the author made everything sound and look got my imagination running with different scenarios and alot of what ifs.bit of a twist at the end and ...   Read More

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