Book Review: Digital Fortress

Author: Dan Brown
Title: Digital Fortress
Genre: Thriller
ISBN: 9780552151696

‘When the National Security Agency’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code in cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician.’

-_- Lord.
How old is this book *flicks through front pages* okay 1998.

In that case I’ll forgive how dated it is and make sure that keep in mind that this is Mr Brown’s first thriller. But after than my leniency ends.

Twelve pages in and I was already pissed off by floating perspectives, irritating lovey-dovey perfect man-woman couples of brilliantness, and the persistent, protracted spiels of how great one person is or how unlucky another is. I feel somehow that the Phoenix Writers would have a field day with this one.

From the start my brain was hammered with pages and pages of back story gunk that the tale itself just did not want. I knew all about how the perfect couple met and how they were getting married and how well done they liked their bloody toast (that’s an exaggeration) but none of it is relevant to the rest of the book.

I suppose it terms of story, if I want a mindless read, there’s enough there to keep me happy. Its plain enough English that all the ‘technical’ and ‘science’ speak isn’t too taxing to get your head around and therefore one is able to merrily keep turning the pages while half singing along to whatever Radio One might be playing.

Since I am one of those people who refuses to leave a book without finishing it (damnit!) I did get to the end of the piece, but I’ll tell you what; 100 pages from the end I was begging for it all to stop. I knew who the ‘killer’ was. I knew what the code was. I knew that nobody would be able to fix it except for the perfect couple reunited across the miles to confess their love and save the day as a sort of afterthought. I suppose its fortunate they could be distracted well enough from each other to make sure the world got saved; or else where would we be?!


I don’t mean to be quite so venomous – or maybe I do? – but this chap is the same one who wrote the Da Vinci Code. Now there’s another book I’ve not read, but with all the hype and films and gushing that happens about it, I have to wonder if its one of those things that’s all smoke and no fire. *ahem*Twilight!*ahem*

Perhaps because, at the end of the day, I myself am so normal, I hate wonderfully beautiful characters and incredibly intelligent leads. For goodness sake, the best stories are about people and the mistakes that we make, but if these people are so perfect then it just makes it all the more irksome when they do something daft! Like the characters of this book seemed to do over and over and over.

Meh. I picked this up for free from a book-swap at work so I shouldn’t complain too much. I’ll just say that it was entertaining enough, but if I wanted something I’d pick up and read again, this book is not it. Soweee.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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4 Responses to Book Review: Digital Fortress

  1. Jax says:

    As usual sweetie you and I have massively different tastes in books. However I don’t really disagree with anything you say but that’s what I like in books. I love wonderfully intelligent characters because stupid people irritate me in life and novels. I like people with wonderful lives because I find most tragedy novels contrived. I also like simple language etc… This I think is because the day job is so taking I like simplicity like Dan Brown, Twilight, Harry Potter


    • Gaaaaaaah, the ultimate swearword! Boo-hiss! Lol.
      Don’t get me wrong; I love an easy read (yey Harry Potter!!!) but the wonderfully intelligent stupid characters still do dumb stuff… that’s what irks me.
      Though variety is the spice of life ^_^ and I’ve read so many books this year with exactly that problem, which I still managed to love! Maybe its just because its Dan Brown. :p


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