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Deception Point

Deception point, a Dan Brown Novel which do not have any treasure hunt like riddle solving. But still the book is as interesting as others.

The story happens in the time of presidential elections where NASA is becoming the target of the opposition. Suddenly NASA says they have discovered something that could change the all the criticisms by the opposition as false and it can regain the confidence of the tax payers. This could help the president to win the elections. What did they found? Was that really helpful in the elections? How the opposition did take it? Read the novel.

Are there no other knowledge bits? It is an ordinary thriller? Come on. It is Dan Brown’s. How would there be just a story. This one offers a lot of insights about the NASA and the truth behind the so called alien sightings.

Also the hero being an ocean scientist, you could obviously find much information about the ocean creatures. Here the protagonist is not the male part. The NRO gister Rachel is the main character in the novel than the oceanographer Michael Tolland.

Also the main characters involved the president of US, the opposition candidate and other political staffs; it offers you much more information about the political structure of US and the manner in which the elections are happening.

Deception Point takes much unexpected turns than his previous novels. But for me, huge fan of Dan Brown’s riddles, it is not fully satisfied, though it is as faster as any of his other novels.

 Although, it is a techno thriller and already 9 years passes from the hardcover edition of it, but still many information about the aircrafts, meteorite among other things are still afresh as these things are not yet for common knowledge.

If you love thrillers, this book is a recommendation for you. Although it is not a Dan Brown type thriller (Of course there are Dan Brown touch in many places), it is a good read.

My Rating ★★★☆☆


Digital Fortress

I only read this book, Digital Fortress, after I read all the three Robert Langdon series of books by Dan Brown. This was the first book by Dan Brown.

This book is a techno thriller about the incidents took place in National Security Agency. There was a technically very strong NSA agent, who opposes the decryption of the personal e-mails sent by the people. He quit NSA saying one day he would create an encryption code that cannot be decrypted by any hacker.

And that day comes when he announce the world that he created an encryption method, ‘Digital Fortress’, that cannot be decrypted by any hackers. NSA got in a fix as this meant they cannot decrypt anything which in-turn meant that anti-national elements can use e-mails for their secret translation. They need to stop it. Were they able to stop it? Read on the book.

Although there are no Christianity related mysteries involved, the book still has the Dan Brown touch. There was a lot of information about NSA and encryption things.   

Only drawback is, some of these details given by Dan Brown in this book are out dated when you read it now. 12 years is too long for technical advancements. But still the book offers you lot more that you are yet to know in cryptography, like, Alexander’s method of encryption.

Here also, some part of the novel, hero David Becker (again a professor, not a Symbologist though) and the heroine Susan Fletcher need to solve some riddles. That marks Dan Brown’s style of writing.

I am not sure how come this book not became much success when it was released. It may be due to too many technical details on that time. Now though it is normal things that everyone knew.

The riddles in the novel are mostly general, so novel involves you also in it. Some of the riddles I could find the answers before the characters in the novel found.

This is another Dan Brown novel that you will not regret after reading it. It is a complete entertainer although not much travelogue, like Robert Langdon series. I would prefer you read it, if you like the heart racing thrillers. It will definitely increase your pulse during the final chapters.

My rating for this book is ★★★★☆

The Lost Symbol

Cover of "The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon...

Cover of The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)

The Lost Symbol is the first Hard Cover copy I have ever bought. This book released by the time I completed the Da Vinci Code. The timing cannot be more perfect than this. Immediately I bought this book as I know I cannot wait for one long year till the paperback edition releases.

When I complete the book, I felt it worth it. The book was the best work by Dan Brown so far, better than the Da Vinci code.

Although, it is the same conspiracy theory, secret rituals of a brotherhood and the treasure hunt. Dan Brown knows how to keep the reader intact with the book once he starts reading it.

This is the third book of Dan Brown with Robert Langdon as the hero. With a symbologist as a hero, you cannot avoid the admiration of the buildings, history of various symbols among others.

Unlike previous novels, in this, the antagonist takes the primary place. The explanations about his rituals, his beliefs and his background of becoming a giant man all are fascinating. And as always like Dan Brown – Robert Langdon novels, here also the secret rituals of a brotherhood – Masons – is being explained.

There is a lot of information about Isaac Newton spread all through the book. One for example, the Newton degree, the one he used to measure the temperature, is a complete new thing that I never heard before.

Also the details about the interrogation methods, secret rooms in the capitol and many more make it yet another Dan Brown thriller which gives you a lot more than a normal thriller offers.

Unlike the previous novels, this one ends with a philosophical touch. Saying, the God is none but the collection of all of us. In simple terms, we are all together makes the God and He is not someone who sits in somewhere in Heavens, He is part of all of us. I liked this philosophical touch rather than controversial ones in the previous novels.

I read somewhere that Dan Brown spent nine years in the research of this book to complete it. And I am sure it worth it.

When you complete this novel, you would feel you have read extremely interesting thriller with a lot of twists you have never imagined and also read a philosophical book and read an encyclopedia that gave you a lot of information you would have never known unless you read this book.

 Now the paperback edition of the book also released. It is worth a read.

My rating for this book is ★★★★★

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

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I am sure many of you would have read it or at least would have watched the film. Then why am I writing about it? Simply because I could not resist myself in writing about the one of the best thrillers, I have ever read, The Da Vinci code.

The book might have been known to many for a wrong reason of the conspiracy theory of married Jesus Christ. But if you read the book, you would understand the book is not just about the conspiracy.

The conspiracy is just the base for the plot – like Illuminati in Angels and Demons. The story starts with the curator of the famous Louvre museum in paris, found dead with some ciphers written by him. Our hero Robert Langdon and granddaughter of the curator are trying to solve the cipher and in doing that they came to know that the biggest conspiracy, that would stun the whole Christianity world, is indeed true.

Unlike Angels and demons, here the pace starts at the moment the killing happens. When the Paris police call upon Robert Langdon saying, they need the expert advice in deciphering the code left by the curator, I thought it is just like Angels and demons (Yes, unlike many I read angels and demons first. I just wanted to go in the same order the books were written).  But when it was revealed that Robert Langdon is the prime suspect, it got me by surprise.

This book made me a great fan of Dan Brown and I bought his all the other books and read once I completed this.

Although the book goes in lightning pace, Dan Brown doesn’t miss to tell us about some misconceptions and the architectural beauty of places through Langdon, just like he did in Angels and demons.

Also, some fascinating information about Leonardo Da Vinci and his various paintings like Mono Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man and Virgin of the Rocks are something you will hardly see in any of the blockbuster thrillers like this one.   

Dan Brown’s interest on the secret societies continues in this book also. In this the society is Priory of Sion. According to Dan Brown, his all time favorite Newton was a grand master of this society during his period. Also there was information about Knights Templar.

If you are a book freak, you would have already read it. If not, this is something you will never want to miss.

Movie adaptation of this book is much better compared to Angels and Demons. But still when you read the book first, you will always feel the book is much better than the film version. Very few films like the Lord of the Rings have done the justification to the book, unfortunately The da vinci code movie did not fall under this category.

My rating for this book is ★★★★★

Angels And Demons

Angels and Demons is the book that made me a huge fan of Dan Brown and interested me to read all his five books.

It is a mysterious thriller. Of course all the twists and turns you expect in a normal thriller can be found in this. But the standout characteristic of this book is to relate the historical facts and real places into a fast pace thriller.

Dan brown is the great narrator of the places. We can easily imagine the place when he explains it. The minuscule details of each and everything about the places and the historical importance of those tempt you to go and see the place in real.

In this novel, the places are the churches in locales Rome. The details of each and every church and the sculptures, the meaning of each sculpture are simply superb in the novel just like the story itself.

And other important references that gave a controversial edge to his novels are the inclusion of the hidden historical facts and the secretive organizations.

In Angels and Demons, some awful facts about the Vatican church and the pope selection, their aversion against the scientists to keep their hope alive is being told by the protagonist Robert Langdon throughout the novel.

Also, the information about the secret brotherhood Illuminati, the one founded by the then scientists to develop and share the science related knowledge. Their fondness of pentagon, number 5, pyramid and the path of illumination, all these are fascinating.

The most interesting thing is the treasure hunt kind of puzzles hidden in the Bernini’s sculptures on the churches across (rather cross) Rome.

The novel mainly deals with hostility of religious people against the scientists as it proves most of the religious beliefs were wrong.

The novel set on a fast pace similar to the speed of the CERN’s flight referred in the novel itself. Once you pass the first few pages and from Langdon setoff to find the path of illumination, it is very hard to put the book down. Dan Brown really knows how to keep a reader occupied and also include his interests of riddles, mysteries etc.

The story neither ends that antagonist is completely wrong nor right. It ends in a grey area. Dan Brown let you make the decision of whether he is right or wrong. It makes you debate whether the antagonist is wrong or right, just like all his other novels.

The film adaptation of this novel missed a lot of beautiful things mentioned in the novel.  When I completed the book, I was very much interested to watch the movie as soon as possible. But unfortunately, once I watched the movie, I was very disappointed that the movie did not do justice to the novel. Lot of details and beautiful scenes of the churches were sacrificed for the fast pace of the screenplay.

My rating for this book is ★★★★★

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