Digital Fortress (Paperback)

Author: Brown, Dan

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When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage--not by guns or bombs--but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.

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Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312263126
SKU 30569425
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312263120
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Author Info
Dan Brown
Dan Brown, the author who turned secret societies and cryptic conspiracies into an international sensation with his bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE, is surprisingly forthcoming about his own life. He was born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1964, and he attended the Phillips Exeter Academy, the renowned boarding school that has been famously depicted in award-winning works by John Knowles and Robert Anderson. Brown's father was a teacher at Exeter, and Brown himself later taught there before turning full-time to writing. Brown majored in Spanish and English at Amherst College in Massachusetts, and he spent multiple semesters studying abroad in Spain. Brown would later recall a particularly memorable lecture he attended in Seville, wherein the professor pontificated on some of the dark oddities to be found within Leonardo Da Vinci's legendary painting "The Last Supper." After graduation, Brown spent time in Los Angeles, where he worked as a songwriter and met his wife, Blythe, whom he would marry in 1997. After returning to the east coast, Brown published his first novel, DIGITAL FORTRESS, a thriller about a code encrypted in the powerful computers of the National Security Agency. The book failed to find a significant audience, and Brown's next two efforts, ANGELS & DEMONS and DECEPTION POINT, were similarly ignored. But in 2003, the stars aligned and the codes clicked into place for Brown.||THE DA VINCI CODE became one of the biggest, and most controversial, bestsellers in publishing history. It quickly garnered the ire of the Christian community for its blasphemous portrayal of a relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. Brown never hid from the criticism, and openly defended his book (and reminded people that it was a work of fiction) from many forums. He also had to (successfully) defend himself against charges of plagiarism from the authors of the 1982 book HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL, who claimed that Brown's religious ideas were lifted from their work. After the fervor surrounding the book finally settled a bit, Brown receded into seclusion to work on the much-anticipated sequel.
Praise
"Inordinately complicated but reasonably exciting; should find a home in the middle reaches of the intelligence-bureau/techno-whiz readership."
From the Publisher
Editors Note A former National Security Agency programmer threatens to release a mathematical formula that will allow organized crime and terrorism to skyrocket, unless the code-breaking computer that is used to keep them in check but that violates civil rights is exposed to the public. Reissue.
Annotation In superstar author Dan Brown's gripping debut, a disgruntled former employee cripples the computer system of the National Security Agency with a seemingly unbreakable algorithmic code. As the computer locks up its circuits trying to decipher the encryption, mathematician Susan Fletcher, the NSA's resident code expert is called on to expedite the process. Unfortunately, Fletcher soon discovers that, by unlocking the algorithm, the computer will actually expose its precious database to invasion by hackers around the world. When the angry employee who unleashed the code turns up dead, it becomes apparent that larger forces are at work, and the security of the entire nation is at stake. When Dan Brown's later book, THE DA VINCI CODE, became one of the most lucrative books of all time, DIGITAL FORTRESS soon joined it on bestseller lists, and spawned some controversy when residents of Seville, Spain objected to Brown's unflattering descriptions of their city.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0384
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin

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