Saturday, July 29, 2006

Book 59: Deception Point

NUMBER: 59
TITLE: Deception Point
AUTHOR: Dan Brown
STARTED: July 18, 2006
FINISHED: July 23, 2006
PAGES: 558
GENRE: Fiction

FIRST SENTENCE: Death, in this forsaken place, could come in countless forms.

SUMMARY: [From Barnesandnoble.com] When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory — a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery — a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

REASON FOR READING: Tony gave it to me. - because Meg Joyce gave it to him... and I think he wants me to give him a synopsis for him.

THOUGHTS: I will claw my eyes out if I have to read one more poorly written, extremely short chapter that ends in a semblance of a cliff hanger. Deception Point is classic Dan Brown - the writing is crap, the character development is cookie cutter, the romantic chemistry barely makes you blink, and the "twists" and "turns" are rather predicatable. But, despite all this, the plot keeps you reading. I think Brown has found a way to make millions - he pulls you in with an intriguing story and covers his horrible writing by making the reader think he's watching a movie.

Deception Point is better than The DaVinci Code in the sense that there seems to be an attempt at complexity that goes deeper than the surface story. Brown actually creates a backstory for his characters that are not necessarily of great importance to the ongoing plot. This gives Deception Point a bit more depth that is lacking in his other works.

Aside from that, however, this book, while fun to read, is still literary drivel.

MISCELLANEOUS: Poking fun at NASA is getting way to easy.

KEEP/SHARE/CRINGE(?): It's going back to Tony.
RATING: 6/10 [Good]

CR: The Emperor's New Clothes by Victoria Alexander
RN: Talk to the Hand by Lynn Truss

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