Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
(St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2008, 525 pages)
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, is the tale of code-breaking and cybercrime. Susan Fletcher, the head cryptographer at the NSA, is unexpectedly called to work on a weekend. There is a threat to the NSA’s highly secret code-breaking machine called TRANSLTR. A former NSA employee has threatened to release a program that will make codes unbreakable and TRANSLTR obsolete unless the NSA tells the world about TRANSLTR. While the NSA is considering its options, the former employee dies and the kill code for the unbreakable code program is not among the employee’s belongings.
Digital Fortress has an interesting premise. The story takes quite a few twists and turns. I enjoyed it until the last 30 or so pages. Brown tried to keep the suspense and solution going for a little too long. Overall, Digital Fortress is a thriller that keeps the reader’s attention.