Digital Fortress

The NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, sending shock waves through the corridors of power.
Digital Fortress Cover Image
Language:
English
Publisher:
Macmillan
Publication Year:
1998
Edition:
1
ISBN:
9780312263126
Pages:
510
Link:
Digital Fortress
Authors:
Dan Brown

The very first book by best-selling author Dan Brown.


From an electrifying new voice in suspense fiction comes Digital Fortress, a lightning-paced thriller that U.S. intelligence analysts are calling “utterly plausible.”


Chillingly current and filled with more intelligence secrets than Tom Clancy, Digital Fortress transports the reader deep within the most powerful intelligence organization on earth–the National Security Agency (NSA)–an ultra-secret, multi-billion dollar agency that (until now) less than three percent of Americans knew existed.


When the NSA’s most classified technological wonder–an invincible code-breaking machine–encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and 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 ingeniously complex that if released it will cripple U.S. intelligence.


Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan 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.


With a startling twist that leaves the agency scrambling to avert the biggest intelligence disaster in U.S. history, Digital Fortress never lets up. From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo, to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds.


It is a battle for survival — a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius… an impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the balance of power. Forever.


People's Reviews of Digital Fortress:









  • “In this fast-paced, plausible tale, Brown blurs the line between good and evil enough to delight patriots and paranoids alike.” ~ Publishers Weekly

  • “Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years... A chilling thrill a minute.” ~ The Midwest Book Review

  • “Digital Fortress is smart and reads with all the pace of a hit movie.”  ~ Larry Lasker, Screenwriter, Wargames, and Sneakers

  • “Exciting...will rivet cyber-minded readers.” ~ Booklist

  • "A disturbing, cutting-edge techno-thriller that should galvanize everyone who sends or receives an email or even dreams of navigating the Web." ~ John J. Nance, author of Pandora's Clock, The Last Hostage

  • “Brown isn’t just a novelist; he’s a crossover pop culture sensation." ~ The Boston Globe

  • "A master of the breathless, puzzle-driven thriller.” ~ Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “What Brown does in a way that appeals to millions of people around the world is tell stories that remind us there’s more to the world than meets the eye.” ~ The Huffington Post

  • "Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliffhanger." ~ The Wall Street Journal


Notable Quotes from Digital Fortress:



  • Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.

  • Force a hand, and it will fight you. But convince and mind to think as you want it to think, an you have an ally.

  • Act first, explain later.

  • Please accept this humble fax. My love for you is without wax.

  • It is said that in death, all things become clear.

  • Who will guard the guards ? If we're the guards of society, then who will watch us and make sure that we're not dangerous?

  • You can’t jump for the stars if your feet hurt.

  • And when you get where you’re going, you darn well better look great!

  • Many hands make light work.

  • Look, you runny-nosed little runt. You're going to back off right now, or I'm going to rip that safety pin out of your nose and pin your mouth shut.

  • Force a hand, and it will fight you. But convince a mind to think as you want it to think, and you have an ally.

  • An unbreakable code is a mathematical impossibility! He knows that!

  • You can't jump for the stars if your feet hurt. And when you get where you're going, you darn well better look great!

  • Force a hand, the voice warned, and it will fight you. But convince a mind to think as you want it to think, and you have an ally.