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Book Review: Digital Fortress

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The story starts off with Susan Fletcher, NSA’s top cryptographer, getting an urgent call from her boss, Commander Strathmore, to come to work. She arrives only to find out that NSA's incredibly advanced code-breaking machine, TRANSLTR, has at long last come face to face with its nemesis. Codenamed the Digital Fortress, it is an unbreakable code created by an ex-NSA cryptographer, Ensei Tankado, who had threatened to make it available for public use if the NSA didn’t make TRANSLTR’s existence known to the general public. As the repercussions of this comprise a deadly threat to the nation’s security, it sends shockwaves through the corridors of the NSA.

Ahh.. another typical Dan Brown novel. Not only has Brown done detailed research on the subject of cryptography to make this book realistic, he provokes the readers to ponder upon how private is our digital communication in this age of technology. It’s an interesting read with a good mixture of suspense, love, betrayal, and honour. However, I would say the plot is fairly predictable if you’ve read Brown’s other novels. Nevertheless, this novel is real page-turner with me finishing the novel within 48-hours. Haha..


Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Plot : 4
Writing : 4
Character Development : 4
Understanding : 4
Research : 4.5

OVERALL : 4.2
posted by Ivan Choe, 9:27 am

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