Deception Point by Dan Brown

Deception Point is a novel written by the famous author Dan Brown. His bestsellers The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons were made into movies. President Zach Herney is fighting for his life in an upcoming election against the slick and sly Senator Sedwick Sexton. Herney is a supporter of NASA, while Sexton is not. Sexton has been using the expensive, nonprofit agency as a convenient way to fight against Herney. Rachel Sexton is the senator’s daughter. She works for the National Reconnaissance Office, where she uses information into reports used by the White House. The fact that she works so closely with the president create a lot of tension between her and her father.

NASA is struggling to rebound from a series of embarrassing blunders that have jeopardized its political life. Then NASA makes an astounding discovery. There is a meteor embedded deep within the arctic ice. Inside the huge rock, which crashed to earth in 1716, are fossils of giant insects which is proof of extraterrestrial life. Now with NASA’s slipping reputation, the question arises: Is the meteor real or a fake? So Rachel is sent somewhere near the Arctic Circle where NASA is trying to recover this meteor. Trying to determine the truth are intelligence agent Rachel Sexton and popular oceanographer Michael Tolland. They both suspect something is amiss when the meteor is pulled from the ice. Their doubts quickly make them the targets of a mysterious death squad controlled by someone that doesn’t want the public to hear the meteor may be a fraud. Together, Sexton and Tolland scramble across arctic glaciers, taking refuge on ice floes. They are finally rescued by a nuclear submarine, but then find themselves trapped aboard a small research vessel. All the while, the nation’s capital is buzzing as to whether NASA has engaged in deception.

Deception Point is an excellent thriller. You will not want to put this book down till the end. It is a big yet believable story unfolding at a quick pace; it has just the right mix of likable and hateful characters. Brown has also done his research well, putting in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm. If you are a fan of Dan Brown you will love this novel. It is totally different from his usual theme.

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