Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Title: Digital Fortress
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: fiction (thriller)
ISBN: 9781593973599
Length: 6 hours (unbeknownst to me, I listened to the abridged audiobook accidentally 😥 )
Year Published: 1998
Source: public library
Rating: 4/5
Reason for Reading: I need to listen to fast-paced and/or interesting books on audiobook, otherwise I get bored–and I knew this would be at least fast-paced
Challenges/Resolutions: none


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. (

My Thoughts: As usual with Dan Brown’s works, I really enjoyed this book. Every now and then, it’s nice to read something that is so fast- paced and just keeps you on your toes. I mean, his books haven’t ever really made me think very deeply about what was going on, but rather just thinking about what’s going to happen next. And sometimes I really like that. That’s not to say Brown hasn’t ever written something that made me think. While I read Angels and Demons, I didn’t really think deeply about what was going on in the book, but all the religious aspects–true or not–just made me think of religion in general. And of course I really liked the twist near the end that turns everything upside down, something Brown likes to do 🙂

If you’re a Angels and Demons/DaVinci Code fan, I’d recommend this one. It is slightly different from those Robert Langdon books in that there isn’t really any historic aspects in this one–it’s all set in the modern world and centers around technology (and privacy).

And, as I mentioned above, I accidentally listened to an abridged audiobook 😯 I really didn’t mean to do that. But, I will say that maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I have tried to stay away from abridged versions of everything before–except when reading required stuff in high school :D–because I thought it would take something away from the “real” book (or that it would seem I’m cheating and trying to read more shortened books). But, let’s be honest. I probably won’t reread Digital Fortress again, so I’ll never know what this abridged version lacked from the whole story. The only book that I’ll reread and originally read an abridged version is The Count of Monte Cristo, as it’s my favorite book. So I shouldn’t shy away from abridged books…but I know I probably will (in reality) 🙂


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