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This is a fun ride--lots of cover ups, science, and bad guys. What more do you need in a thriller?
This book works from an actual event - a meteroite found in 1997 that proved (wrongly) to contain indications of intelligent life. This is quite an unpredictable story, with turns the reader is bound not to expect. But also apparent is Dan Brown's overactive imagination - there are neferious groups out there, but not in the forms that he describes are in fact real. Still, a very entertaining read if you want to know what Brown was up to before the Langdon trilogy.
Haha, the commentators don't see in any book other than entertainment. But this one is neither humorous, nor entertaining, it's just horrific. Besides, it's not entirely fiction - decades ago it was in the news that a meteorite originating from Mars was found in the arctic ice and some tiny worm-like formations, like some form of primitive life were embedded in it. The book builds a deception story out of this old news. NASA also published many years ago some Mars photos, where arising from the dust were small pyramid-like structures arranged in a geometrical order to illustrate the Pythagoras (Euclides's 47th) Theorem, which is holy to some scientific brotherhoods. I guess that was a deception too, with those doctored photos. A writer certainly has some purpose with a book, maybe not only entertainment but also to send a message to the public without they realizing it. For me the message from this wild crime story is that high-placed officials of the system have the power to order some secret organizations to eliminate some persons who are "in the way," and they don't have to answer for it. This is the only meaning for me of this book. Not funny, this book, but rather a bit sickening.
First time I read ever Dan Brown and I loved this book - lots of exciting plot twists with a little sci-fi/geography thrown in for good measure
Written before Brown got famous with Da Vinci Code of 2003. Though a political conspiracy thriller, the science on NASA technologies, meteorite, oceanography, glaciology and panspermia etc sounded convincing. Super read from start to finish.
Reading this book in October 2013 was interesting & humorous! The latest technology in the book that was suppose to wow us was so out of date! The story it self was typical Dan Brown taking place in a very short amount of time & all over the map.
Dan Brown writes some of the greatest books. Very interesting, I find Angels and Demons a tad bit better though. None the less, good read.
About the arctic. Book was OK and well written, but I wasn't thrilled about the subject matter.
After having read The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, I thought I would take a few days to read Dan Brown's earlier novel, Deception Point. This point is seriously good and entertaining - but - not as good as the other ones mentioned above. In all, I highly recommend it.
-Mike in Greensborough, VIC
I liked this book. I liked that it had lots of hard science as opposed to the religious and symbolic mumbo jumbo of some of Brown's other books. If you can live with his annoying habit of ending every other chapter (of over 100) with a cliffhanger you'll enjoy it. It is a fast read.
I did this book for a book report in grade 7. I found it to be very intriguing and well written. as the plot progressed i was literally drawn to the story and could not put the book down. i am now trying to get my mother to read it.
NASA, after several embarrassing incidents that have done absolutely nothing to advance the exploration of space, has finally struck it big. Deep in the arctic ice, scientists have found a meteor that contains fossils. And a big rock from outer space with fossils can mean only one thing: proof of ancient extraterrestrial life. Intelligence agent Rachel Sexton and oceanographer Michael Tolland are thrilled and eager members of the team sent by the President to validate the alien discovery. They?re taken on a whirlwind tour of the ice-cold site and presented with proof after proof by the equally excited NASA science team. And then, even as the President prepares to announce the news to a breathlessly-waiting public, doubts begin to set in. Soon Rachel and Tolland are running for their lives across the arctic landscape, desperate to separate fact from fiction. And the reverberations will shake the walls of NASA, the White House, and the top-secret National Reconnaissance Office. Talk about alien conspiracies! High tech thrills, military secrets, and cunning politics are just a few of the ingredients in this thriller from the author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
A good story, but not as good as his others (i.e. Angels and Demons and Da Vinci code)