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Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth--the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA.

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious c

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Hardcover, 430 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by St. Martin's Press
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Claus
Dec 04, 2013 Claus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, 1-star
It is truely mind-boggling how Dan Brown can get away with putting so many factual errors about cryptography and computers into a single book. Doesn't he have anybody proofread his manuscripts? It is also surprising that a so highly praised writer can write so badly.

In "Digital Fortress" we enter a universe where:

* A 64-bit code requires 64 characters to type. (Fact: 64 bits can be easily typed with 16 characters or less.)

* Public Key Cryptography requires the exchange of a secret passkey. (Fact
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❁ بــدريــه ❁
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" من سيحرس الحرس "

هي لغز الرواية و هي مقولة تانكادو ..
من سيراقب و يحرس ( إن إس أي )
بينما هم يقومون بحراسة العالم ؟

ماذا لو اخترق فيروس ما مركز الأمن القومي، ماذا سيحدث
و كيف سيواجهون المشكلة ؟

هذا ما فعله تانكادو الياباني .. الذي عبر عن الهوس الأمريكي
بالتكنولوجيا في ما يخدم الاستخبارات و التجسس على عالم
كشف أسرار السلطة و تناقضاتها .. و الذي أعلن حربه على
أمريكا باختراع الشيفرة المطلقة غير قابلة للتحليل و التي أطلق
عليها " الحصن الرقمي " و كان غرضه هو إنهاء التجمع
الاستخباراتي في الولايات الم
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Seizure Romero
Dec 18, 2007 Seizure Romero rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shite, zzzzznrk, fiction
There's a reason why everyone talks about The DaVinci Code and not about this book. I have no idea what that reason would be, because I thought Angels & Demons was mediocre so I never bothered to read the The DaVinci Code. Anyway, I was bored and a copy of this was sitting at the library for a quarter and I thought "WTF, mate, I'll give it a go."

The first page of chapter 1 starts with Susan Fletcher waking from a romantic dream to the ringing of the telephone:

"Susan, it's David. Did I wake y
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Mohammed Arabey
Jun 21, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Debut Novel .. Without Wax

هل تصدق أنها الرواية اﻷولي للمؤلف، أول ما نشر له...وجاء بهذا الإتقان؟
ايقاع متناسب مثير، معلومات غزيرة، ألغاز وهجوم سياسي علي امريكا نفسها، شخصيات قوية وأحداث مثيرة
تبدأ في وكالة أمريكية سرية حقيقية، مهددة بقنبلة ما لدرجة إنك ستشعر أن الأمر متوقعا منذ البداية كاي فيلم هوليوودي يحترم نفسه و يتم أيقاف القنبلة بنجاح 3 ثوان قبل أنفجارها

وينتهي الفيلم بأنتصار الأمريكان الطيبيين وبالطبع الأجانب الأشرار يخسروا .. الياباني في هذه الحالة

حسنا, الرواية فعلا تنتهي بهذا الشكل..سيتم أ
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K.D. Absolutely
Mar 29, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Rimon Alania
I work in the Information Technology field so relating to this book was easy for me. I don’t know anything about NSA (National Security Agency) and how they operate but I know stuff like encryption, algorithm, anagram, computer virus, code-breaking, etc. So, this book glued me from start to finish. My officemate has been telling me that this is his favorite Dan Brown book. He said that since I’ve read all his 4 other novels, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point (all 3 stars, i.e ...more
E7san
Feb 25, 2009 E7san rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هل أنت مبرمج ؟
إذاً ، لا تفوت قراءة هذه الرواية :)
عامة الناس سوف يستمتعون بقراءتها ، وأنتَ وحدك من سوف يفهم ما وراء سطورها
وشيفراتها ، سوف تشعر بأنها تعنيك أنتَ وحدكـ .

أذهلتني هذه الرواية ، عشتُها لحظةً بلحظة ، حرفاً بحرف ، كنتُ أستيقظ باكرًا لأبدأ قراءتها حتَّى تتعب عيناي ، مختلفةً هذه الحكاية عن كل ما قرأتُه وسوف أقرأه !.

سؤالين يتبادران إلى ذهني الآن ، أولهما / ما هو تخصص دان براون ؟ التاريخ ؟ علم الأديان ؟ أم البرمجة :)

السؤال الآخر / لماذا النساء في روايات بروان مثالياتٌ إلى حدٍّ غبي ؟

Hendrata
Jul 25, 2008 Hendrata rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I learned that Dan Brown is a bad writer and I will never read any of his other books. I also am upset at my friend for recommending me this book.


In short, the book is a bad novel, and a very bad novel if you know anything about math / cryptography.
Not only the technical errors were appalling, but the writing style itself is mediocre.


WARNING: spoiler here.

There is a scene where the heads of NSA along with some of the smartest people on Earth were trying to solve a riddle left by the bad guy as a

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Sanjay Gautam
A Good Thriller, if you ignore a few things.
Kim
I'm not sure what to believe after reading this book. I've always liked Dan Brown's books because he writes so realistically, using big words to belittle readers about how little they know.
Or so I thought.
After reading this book, I did a little snooping of my own (OK, those were big words too, I just used Google) and realised that most of the technology, computers and cool machinery did not exist. In fact, Goodreads was an excellent source of information of unhappy reviewers tearing down this bo
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AJ LeBlanc
May 19, 2013 AJ LeBlanc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My book group chose this book and I will never forgive them.

I’ve never read anything by Dan Brown. He doesn’t write my type of fiction, so while I was aware that he’s a huge success, I never bothered to pick any of his books up because I knew I wouldn’t be interested.

What I didn’t know is how much of a shit writer he is.

I’m sure he cries into a giant pile of money every single time someone tells him that.



Digital Fortress is about the government and secrecy. Susan Fletcher works for a super top s
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Ankit Agrawal
No matter what people want to say about Dan Brown or his books or hatred towards him you got to admire the fact that what he brings to the table no one else does.

This was the book which brought me to the beautiful world of books. Before reading this book I though reading was a bit cissy and a waste of time since everything is fictional, why not better read some spiritual/self help and knowledge books. After reading this book everything changed, I started to read more and more fiction and today b
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Matthew
Dan Brown is not just Da Vinci Code! This is a pretty good cyber-thriller. It resonates well in a world where data security and hacking are a part of the daily news. Check it out if you are a fan of fast paced thrillers with lots of suspense. (It has short chapters, too, which I like a lot)
مصطفي سليمان
اول مرة الرواية اتنشرت كانت 1998
فل
عادي ايه المشكلة

لا ابدا مفيش مشاكل
المشكلة البسيطة
انه بيتكلم ف تقنيات في الانترنت
وفي شغل برمجة واخترقات وشفرات
وجو الكتروني يحسسك اننا بنتعامل مع جهاز الكمبيوتير
كانه رايو وتلفزيون

انا اتقفلت وانا بقرأ الرواية دي كذا مرة
انا مش فاهم
الراجل بيقول كلام مهم وواضح هو عارف بيتكلم كويس عن ايه

لان دان براون مش بيكتب علشان اكل العيش صعب
الراجل بيكتب وبيعمل ابحاث مطولة بالسنين
طيب بالنسبة للرواية دي
عن الانترنت ف سنة 1998
ايه بقي؟

خدعة لطيفة جننتي ف نهاية الرواية وخلاص والدينا ت
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Arwen56
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition





Avevo ragione a pensare che leggendo che questo libro mi sarei fatta due sane risate. Infatti, a mio modesto avviso, Dan Brown è uno scrittore umoristico travestito da autore di thriller.

A dire il vero, di risate me ne sono fatta ben più di due, perché i protagonisti hanno un “culo” che neanche i miracolati di Lourdes possono vantare. Sempre sull’orlo di un baratro, ne escono fuori illesi in virtù non tanto del loro presunto altissimo quoziente intellettivo, che in realtà deve essere assai pross
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Samuel
Feb 17, 2009 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if every nation and person in the would, with a computer, could access every top secret file of the government? This is what Susan Fletcher and David Becker have to prevent in Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. With a lot of action and suspense Digital Fortress is a book for anyone who likes action.

Dan Brown wrote many other action novels. I have read all of them and this novel is just as good of a read as the rest. This novel is written in the same style as all the others. Leaving
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Radwa
May 01, 2012 Radwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رسميا .. أصبح دان براون هو الروائى المفضل لى
رواية فيها رومانسية . خطر . إثارة . و مغامرة رائعة كعادته
و الأشخاص بتتكشف بطرق فظيعة .. و كنت بحس بالتوتر بيزيد مع كل صفحة
هى عبارة عن مركز الأمن القومى فى أمريكا عندما تتم محاولات اختراقه
رااااائعة .. و فعلا من أروع ما قرأت
أنا أحترم هذا الرجل !!

Officially Dan brown is my favorite author now!
the novel has got it all, danger, romance, excitement, and a great adventure as always
the revealing of each character's role & plot is amazing and the tension ge
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Lissa
Jul 04, 2013 Lissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Dan Brown, how I love to hate you. It seems a universal truth that when you have run out of all of the books to read that you’ve brought with you, it is impossible to find decent reading material wherever you are.

Shamefully, I’ve actually read most of his books. I read Angels and Demons because someone recommended it to me. Though I found his writing to be extraordinarily poor, I found the story to be engaging enough to overlook that fact. I didn’t guess the ending, and it posited some fasci
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Dan
Sep 07, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beach read
Shelves: thrillers
Here’s the problem: Digital Fortress has a good plot, but it’s filled with weak characters. I really liked the plot. A disgruntled NSA employee develops an unbreakable encryption program (the Digital Fortress) and threatens to give both the encryption program and the key (which is buried in the program) away on the Internet. If the bad guys gain access to the key, they will be able to communicate without fear of the NSA decrypting their messages. This throws the NSA into a panic – as it should – ...more
Caela Harrison
Feb 16, 2008 Caela Harrison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Dan Brown books is a bit like watching porn. Mildly enjoyable at the time, but not really something you'd like your friends or family to know about.

Digital Fortress starts as it means to go on, with two-dimensional characters in a whirlwind of mystery and action. The cast never evolves beyond cardboard cut-out level, but the plot does pick up through various levels of incredulity and intrigue to a climax that ends up shallow and disappointing, leaving the reader feeling cheap and cheated
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Yousra
Jun 10, 2016 Yousra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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وأخيرا، أنهيت قراءة هذا الكتاب

لقد كان من الجيد أن نأخذ إستراحة من روبرت لانغدون بطل ثلاثية دان براون الأشهر "شيفرة دافنشي" و"ملائكة وشياطين" و"الرمز المفقود"، ففي هذه الرواية أبطال يختلفون في الإهتمامات والمقاصد

*A Typical American Novel, a typical American end.

الرواية تعبر إلى حد كبير عن الهوس الأمريكي بالتكنولوجيا واستخدامها في كل ما يخدم الإستخبارات الأمريكية والتجسس، وتتناول بشكل ما حرية تداول المعلومات وحرية المراسلات. الرواية مثيرة وفيها تقلبات مفاجئة، فقد تغيرت قناعاتي في أكثر من مرة في تو
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Ahmed Diab
Feb 14, 2016 Ahmed Diab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who will guard the guards?!
إفتح فمك .. نعم أكثر من ذلك .. حسنا هل إنذهلت .. حسنا أغلقه الأن
فى البداية لازم نعترف بشئ إن دان براون هو أفضل روائى انا قرأتله فى العصر الحديث
بعد ما أنهيت رباعية لانجدون
ملائكة و شياطين و
شيفرة دافنشى و
الرمز المفقود و
الجحيم

كنت متردد من إنى أقرا مجددا لدان و التردد كان أكبر خصوصا ان الحصن الرقمى هى عمله الأول و منشور فى التسعينات
بس بمجرد ما تبدأ القراءة بتُأسر بأسلوبه و هتضطر تكمل

الرواية بتدور حوالين عالم التشفير و الكومبيوتر و الإنترنت و لما تلاقى كاتب بيكت
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Stefan Yates
Apr 16, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Based upon how very little I'd heard about Dan Brown's two non-Robert Langdon books, I went into this one with very low expectations. However, Digital Fortress is a fairly well-written and entertaining novel. The main storyline is based upon a hush-hush operation within the NSA to obtain and or destroy the only existing copies of a pass-key that, if made public, could enable the use of an encryption program that would create coded messages that would be entirely unbreakable thereby rendering the ...more
Madeline
Aug 19, 2009 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even remember what this one is about. There's a CIA computer technician, and all I can remember about her is the scene where a security guard is ogling her sweet, sweet ass and wondering in bafflement how a woman with a 192 IQ could be so damn fuckable. Also, I'm pretty sure she saves the world with computers, but we're not supposed to care because she does it while her shirt is partially unbuttoned. She may have gotten wet at some point, too.

LITERATURE.
Asghar Abbas
Mar 19, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Not a bad debut. Inaccurate and slanderous portrayal of Spain aside, this was pretty good, a fun ride, a little immature but really enjoyable. Considering Brown set out to best Sidney Sheldon, one of SS's books impelled him to start writing his own, to pen a "better" thriller. I'd say he achieved his aim not sure if that's a victory. DB is horrendous with background. Say what you will about Sheldon but he got his research right, well most of it anyway.

Read this during good times when the world
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Miquel Reina
Nov 02, 2015 Miquel Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love thriller novels that mix science, politics and conspiracy theories and you want to spend a great time reading a Hollywood blockbuster style book, then this is your book! ;)

Spanish version:
Si te gustan las novelas tipo thriller que mezclan ciencia, política y teorías de la conspiración y quieres pasar un buen rato leyendo un libro de estilo superproducción de Hollywood, entonces éste es tu libro! ;)
anntok
Jun 29, 2008 anntok rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here's the thing with Dan Brown's work, once you read one, you read them ALL!
Sowmya's book world
It was surprisingly my first book of Dan brown. Cryptography was always an interesting subject for me and always had a kind of passion towards the way it encrypt and decrypt things. I am the one who use cryptic words even in the conversation and I know exactly why I loved this book so much now. Story was changing very fast in last few hours and terribly stressed me when the worm was about to hit their main database. I liked susan :) , liked the plot and the way its carried out :)
Mona
Dec 04, 2013 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mona by: Sarah ~
رواية مثيرة للغاية .. مع كل فصل تتعقد الأمور أكثر تزداد الشكوك لتحيط بجميع الأشخاص ..
في البداية اعتقدت أن ديفيد بيكر هو نورث ديكوتا شريك إنسي ... ليتضح أن هيل هو داكوتا حسب كلام سوزان
متشوقة جدا للنهاية
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Elena
Nov 01, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ormai l'ho letto qualche anno fa però posso dirvi che a distanza di tempo è quello che oltre Il codice Da Vinci mi è piaciuto di più, tant'è che lo lessi in una giornata unica :D
Luís Blue Yorkie
In his first published book, Dan Brown tells the story of a secret service agency called the NSA. Where high profile cryptographers, working intercepting coded messages from around the world to, well ... decode them. They also have the job of a super-computer, a fully machine ahead of our time and fully man. He works hard, day and night, receiving such codes and decoding. However, the deputy director of the team, Strathmore ends up finding an obstacle in their way when the TRANSLTR, the super-co ...more
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