Digital Fortress is another book that I bought at the Copley Library book sale a little more than a week ago. I had heard of it, but it’s definitely not as famous as Angels & Demons or The Da Vinci Code. But it was Dan Brown, and I like Dan Brown, and I had $1 left, so I thought why not. As it turns out, I started it last Saturday and finished it Sunday night, so I would say it was a good purchase!
Digital Fortress is the story of TRANSLTR, the NSA’s invincible code-breaking machine. When TRANSLTR encounters a code it can’t break, Susan Fletcher, senior cryptographer, is called on the scene. Simultaneously, David Becker, her civilian fiancé, is sent to Seville, Spain, on a related NSA mission—and is trailed by a mysterious man. Almost as soon as Susan arrives at Crypto, the NSA’s code-breaking division, she’s caught in a web of deception. As Susan gets closer and closer to the heart of what’s really going on inside TRANSLTR, she must discover who the real enemy is before it’s too late.
One of the first things that struck me about Digital Fortress is that it was so typically 90s, especially the fact that people had pagers. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a pager, much less knew someone who had one (I know my parents didn’t). It’s really funny to read about times when current technology was just being born, because I think we tend to forget that cell phones and modern computers haven’t been around even close to forever.
Typical of Dan Brown, Digital Fortress was an easy and quick read, and by quick I mean I was burning through the pages because I needed to know what happened. I had to get up early Monday morning but still stayed up late Sunday night finishing the last forty pages—I don’t know if I even read anything on the page, I just got the gist of it before moving on because those last 40 or so pages were intense. But also typical to Dan Brown, the end was reasonably satisfying and gave me room to catch my breath—I hate when thrillers just end and don’t resolve anything. That’s one of my biggest issues with a lot of the newer thrillers: it seems like this whole “ending the book without resolving anything” is some kind of trend. Not my favorite.
This is definitely a good book to pick up if you’re bored and want something that you won’t be able to put down, so it was a good choice for me for a weekend when I could more easily shirk what I was supposed to be doing. 🙂 I really enjoyed it and will absolutely read it again—I think it was even better than The Da Vinci Code, to be perfectly honest. So you should definitely go out and read Digital Fortress if you haven’t yet and you like Dan Brown!