Monday, July 8, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Digital Fortress

Author:  Dan Brown
Genre:  Techno-thriller
Country:  U.S.
Year:  1998
Pages:  430 (Paperback)
"She was still struggling to comprehend its existence. She's spent her life breaking codes, firmly denying the existence of the ultimate code. Every code is breakable - the Bergofsky Principle! She felt like an atheist coming face to face with God." - Digital Fortress

After reading five books by Dan Brown, it seems that there's no hope left. I've read and liked The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons back when I still thoroughly enjoyed badly-written books with equally badly-structured plots and 2D characters AND sugar-coated with a whirlwind of mystery & thrill rides, but seriously Mr. Brown, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP. Book after book, it's the same pattern, same twists, same underdeveloped characters that after a few pages I already know what's going to happen. It's the same thing over and over.

The dialogues range from bad to cringe-worthy. The twists are so very predictable. The main characters, who are supposedly "academes" & "geniuses", seem to be so dense & do stupid things most of the time. And that climax where a group of "NSA-elite" tries to figure out the clues left for them & they stand there totally baffled and useless, like lumps of warm crap.. I almost wanted to shout the answer, but I know they won't hear me, not because it's a book but because they're a bunch of dimwits created by the master dimwit himself - Dan Brown.

On a slightly positive note,
at least this one is better than The Lost Symbol (a book which I hope gets lost forever), and it does tackle an important issue of the government’s struggle between the ethics of privacy among its citizens & overstepping its boundaries for the sake of omniscient power & national security. But in the end, as wimpy as usual, this doesn’t get resolved because Dan Brown as always, after enticing as with incredibly interesting plotlines and devices, we end up having to swallow his oh-wait-it’s-not-real crap.

Digital Fortress could have been a passable techno-thriller (setting aside the weak characterizations), but hearing the male protagonist (a language professor, also a Squash God who after beating his opponents he douses his beautiful dark wavy hair in the cool water THEN buys them fruit shakes and bagel) mumble IN & OUT, IN & OUT as he runs around Spain looking for the damn ring (FIND GOLLUM!) as he constantly experiences a wave of nausea or a case of dizziness while thinking of his dear Susan is kinda gay for me. He's not NSA, he's not a field agent or any kind of agent for that matter, and he accepts a dangerous, secret mission that is a matter of national security because the one who asked him to is his girlfriend’s boss??? Seriously? He could have at least dragged one of his “squash buddies” to play James Bond with him. I’m not gonna talk about the other characters because it’s not worth anybody’s time. The only character that I liked is Midge, at least she has real personality. And she’s not even a main character.

My Rating: 2/5 

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  1. I like the part where they're deciphering who North Dakota is and the part where they're encrypting a password - a becomes b, b becomes c, and so on...

    My personal rating for Digital Fortress is 3.5 / 5.0 . . not that bad novel...


    1. My favorite Dan Brown novels are Angels & Demons , and The Da Vinci Code. Maybe because the pattern/cliches aren't still as obvious.

      Thank you for reading!!



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