Author Dan Brown is probably best known for his books “Angels and Demons” and “The DaVinci Code.” He’s also written some lesser known books like “Deception Point” that deserve just as much praise but rarely get it.
NASA has recently discovered an object buried deep beneath the ice in the Arctic Circle. It appears to be an asteroid that contains proof of animal life on another planet. This discovery could be a major victory for a space program that has been plagued by problems. To verify the find, the White House sends intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton and a team of civilian experts to the discovery site. What the team finds when they arrive is a major hoax. But before Rachel can report back to the White House what she’s discovered, she and fellow team member Michael Tolland are attacked by assassins and must run for their lives.
As Rachel and Michael flee across the frozen landscape, they realize the only way to survive is to find out who’s behind the hoax. They escape death only to find themselves in an even more dangerous situation the next time around. As they keep fighting, not only to stay alive, but to discover the truth, the mastermind behind the plot is slowly revealed.
“Deception Point,” like most of Dan Brown’s books, is fast-paced and non-stop. From beginning to end, the action keeps a steady edge-of-your-seat pace. It’s definitely a thrilling ride through the Arctic Circle while Rachel and Michael run for their lives.
Brown did extensive research into the technologies and capabilities of the space program. It seemed like science fiction at times, but Brown made a point to mention in the prologue that all of the technologies and agencies mentioned in the book were real and accurate.
The characters could probably have been developed a little more. Michael seemed a little too full of himself at times, and Rachel seemed the “damsel in distress” a little too often. There was the stereo-typical corrupt politician and the honest public servant. The action-packed mystery didn’t leave you much time to think about whether the characters were a little weak, though. All I could think about was how they were going to get out of this alive.
I have one other complaint about “Deception Point.” It’s a complaint I have with all of Brown’s books. From the books I’ve read, Brown always uses the last five pages to make the main characters fall in love, and it always ends with a cheesy, romantic scene. Maybe it’s the cynic in me, but I really hate gushy romance, especially after I’ve just been taken on an adrenaline rollercoaster.
Overall, I can’t complain about much with “Deception Point.” It was exactly what it was supposed to be - action-packed, thrilling, mysterious and fun.
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