Book : Deception Point
Author : Dan Brown
Genre`: Science Thriller
Published By : Pocket Books
In : 2001
Ratings : 2.5/5
Cover Image : Good
I have read Deception Point after Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress. Naturally, it was a let down.
Though I was not much impressed by one of the above said either, it was definitely better then this.
In Deception Point Brown had touched a new low. The story, characters (always his strong point) even the 'mystery find' was a huge let down in more then one ways. A true deception.
Rachel Sexton is an able Intelligence Officer (gister) with NRO and is the daughter of the chief political rival of the president of America .She is being dispatched by the President to the Arctic to witness, confirm and advertise the 'earth shattering discovery' of the millennium - a meteorite excavated from under tons of ice by the NASA. After the extraction and analysis the meteorite confirms the presence of extra -terrestrial life in space!
The much needed news is life saving for the Presidential elections as it will help boost the NASA image of a money sucker from the minds of American junta. So,the checking, scientific analysis and confirmation is all done and with certificates of authenticity from NASA as well as four independent and popular scientists-cum-celebrity experts and Rachel Sexton the president announced the discovery to the masses only to know that he as well as the American junta has been deceived. Now the lives of the protagonist Rachel and the celebrity scientist with hero like looks are in acute danger....
One can breeze trough the book if not looking for the story and its rational progression as Brown's narration of Arctic Ice, ice berms and the ocean currents was nicely picturesque.
The book let you feel the frost and the chill in more then one ways. Pun Intended.
Its fine if taken as a Discovery Arctic Episode on Meteorites buried under Arctic Ice. One will get nuggets of information such as Its the Arctic which have polar bears as etymologically Arktos= bear and Antarctic i.e. Anti=not and arktos =bear so in Antarctic no polar bears are found!
A point to praise is the time capsule Brown created for the incidents to happen... Just one day!All 500+ pages inked by the incidents of slightly more then 24 hrs. This is something incredibly good as though the events ,the twists were poor and tacky the pace felt believably good and logical.
Characters were a big let down. Gabrielle Ashe evolved as an interesting character in the pool of stark white and black caricatures.
The hi-tech,highly trained Delta Force persons blundered like Gali ke goons in Hindi-film-style. :D
I will not recommend it to anybody.
Though others by the same the author you are welcome to read as I am waiting for the next Dan Brown.