Deception Point

Dan Brown is most known for his series about Robert Langdon, an art history professor who embarks on Indiana Jones-type adventures. I’ve read several of those books and enjoyed them, so when I saw Deception Point, I decided to see what kind of a writer Brown is outside of his most popular series.

Deception Point opens with death, pretty par for Brown’s style. And though it’s not immediately clear, the death is the tip of the iceberg for the political intrigue that fills the book. Rachel Sexton is an intelligence analyst trying her best to avoid the toxic political campaign of her father, who is on track to become the next president of the United States. When she’s sent on an unconventional mission to analyze NASA data, it’s not long before thing start to fall apart. Rachel suddenly finds herself in the midst of a very dangerous political game, and it doesn’t seem like there is anyone she can trust. But if she doesn’t find someone trustworthy to help her, she’ll quickly be beyond any help at all.

This book is a fast-paced read that gets going from the very first page. Filled with political intrigue and scientific explanations, it could easily have become predictable and pedantic. But Brown weaves it all together in understandable terms, and keeps his readers guessing as they try to unravel the mystery. Everyone is playing everyone else, the question is, how deep does the conspiracy run?

Brown’s short chapters fly by, making it really easy to read just one more and very difficult to stop. His characters are interesting and realistic, and he engages the reader in a way that makes you keep questioning the motives behind their actions and responses.

All in all, an excellent book for thriller lovers, as well as readers who enjoy science and adventure. One word of warning, if profanity is make-it or break-it for you, it might be difficult to sink into the story.

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