142. Deception Point (Dan Brown)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I am whipping through books like a mad woman!!!   Yes, this is a Dan Brown novel.  The "Da Vinci Code" guy. I know, I never figured I would read any of his stuff either. I did try at one time to get through the DaVinci Code but I just couldn't inflict that much torture upon myself. I thought those types of books were all he wrote. You can imagine my surprise then when looking through our office book exchange, I came across this political thriller.

From the author's official website:
When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory… a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election.  With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable—evidence of scientific trickery—a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.  But before Rachel can contact the President, she and Michael are attacked by a deadly task force…a private team of assassins controlled by a mysterious powerbroker who will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, they possess only one hope for survival: to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all…

This was the last book that I started reading in paper form.  About halfway through, I bought Hrothgar, King of the E-Readers and the paperback was forgotten.  This weekend, while Mom was moving stuff around, she asked me if I was going to finish it.  The thought of going back to the physical book seemed ... strange; foreign; wrong.  Quickly scanning my electronic library, I discovered I had the ebook.  Whew. It took no time at all to polish it off.  Yes, I'm now a super convert to the religion of electronic books. Sigh.

Deception Point was action packed, thrilling, and full of twists and turns.  It could easily be turned into an exciting, edge of your seat summer adventure movie.  In fact, at times it seemed as thought that's exactly what Brown had in mind as he was writing it - there are a few Hollywood type moments which made me shake my head but overall I really enjoyed it.  Far more than I expected given the author.  A pleasant surprise to say the least.  If you're looking for a political thriller to read this summer, I recommed Decpetion Point.

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