What happens when the code breakers can't break the code?

Summary:

TRANSLTR, a National Security Agency NSA) code-breaking machine, has just discovered a computer program which, if released, carries massive implications for national security and US intelligence. Former NSA employee Tankando wrote an encryption code, known as Digital Fortress. Tankando believed that NSA’s intrusions into the private lives of citizens are unjustified. Digital Fortress seems impossible to break. Master cryptographer Susan Fletcher is given the task to locate the password and allow NSA to stop TRANSLTR. Tankando's death from an apparent heart attack is just one event that complicates Susan's efforts to solve this national security puzzle. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
This is one of the best science fiction books I have read. Suspenseful cliffhangers throughout the novel kept me glued to every chapter. Abundant plot twists are my favorite parts. The surprise about who created TRANSLATR is probably my favorite part. I can't tell you all the surprises! 

The book was not without faults. The story is told from various perspectives which can be difficult to follow, especially if you read the book in more than one sitting.  Some of the information about cryptology and the NSA isn't entirely accurate. If you are interested in those fields, this book is not your best source. However, the slight inaccuracies don’t take away from the plot.


Pros:

Readers who love globetrotting adventure, mystery, and spycraft will find it impossible to break away from Digital Fortress.

Cons:

Because of the number of plot twists and the different perspectives, some readers may find it frustrating to read.


Type of Book:
This is a science fiction thriller that builds on the theme of government secrecy.
Educational Themes:

This is a fictional story, but there are plenty of facts woven into the plot. Ask your librarian for other books about cryptography, US intelligence, or spycraft. You might also do a browser search for some of the locations in Seville to see what they really look like.

Reading Level:
5.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow.

Title Digital Fortress: A Thriller
Author Dan Brown
Publisher Griffin, St. Martin's Press Imprint, Macmillan Publishers © 2000 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780312263126
Material Paperback
Cost $17.99
Genres Mystery, Science Fiction
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