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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
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Aug 30, 2009

did not like it
Read in January, 2005

If the roundly reviled The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons are examples of Dan Brown at his most polished, you can only imagine how bad he was during his early career.

Actually, you can imagine, or you can read Digital Fortress and find out for yourself. But I don't recommend it. Where the Langdon books spill their secrets two acts too soon to anyone with a basic knowledge of French, or of Latin roots, Digital Fortress boasts a simplistic play on words that crumbles, fortune cookie-like, to anyone who knows Spanish. Yes. Spanish. Like right and left hooks from Butterbean, the plot twists come molasses-slow and predictable. Where The Da Vinci Code was at least a fun ride with some lazy narration and gaping plot holes, Digital Fortress isn't even a guilty pleasure; only a guilty purchase.

I could go on, but I won't. Let me just say, in closing, that Digital Fortress was so stupid, my ears popped every time I opened the book.
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