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Digital Fortress, A Thriller (SIGNED)

Brown, Dan

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ISBN 10: 031218087X / ISBN 13: 9780312180874
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Brown, Dan., St. Martin's Press, 1998, c1998, 1st Edition, 4th printing, boards (hard cover), very minor dampstain slightly affecting part of the bottom edge of text block (not throughout; see photo) o/w very good with very good+ dj, 371 pp, 8vo, ISBN: 031218087X, Nicely inscribed & SIGNED by the author: 'Mike - My friend Chuck thought you might enjoy this. Hoping So! Dan Brown', 'A lightning-paced thriller that U.S. intelligence analysts are calling 'utterly plausible'., Signed copies of Brown's first book are becoming scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 78055

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Title: Digital Fortress, A Thriller (SIGNED)

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

A former National Security Agency programmer threatens to release a mathematical formula that will allow organized crime and terrorism to skyrocket, unless the code-breaking computer that is used to keep them in check--but that violates civil rights--is not exposed to the public

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In most thrillers, "hardware" consists of big guns, airplanes, military vehicles, and weapons that make things explode. Dan Brown has written a thriller for those of us who like our hardware with disc drives and who rate our heroes by big brainpower rather than big firepower. It's an Internet user's spy novel where the good guys and bad guys struggle over secrets somewhat more intellectual than just where the secret formula is hidden--they have to gain understanding of what the secret formula actually is.

In this case, the secret formula is a new means of encryption, capable of changing the balance of international power. Part of the fun is that the book takes the reader along into an understanding of encryption technologies. You'll find yourself better understanding the political battles over such real-life technologies as the Clipper Chip and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software even though the book looks at the issues through the eyes of fiction.

Although there's enough globehopping in this book for James Bond, the real battleground is cyberspace, because that's where the "bomb" (or rather, the new encryption algorithm) will explode. Yes, there are a few flaws in the plot if you look too closely, but the cleverness and the sheer fun of it all more than make up for them. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and a lot of high, gee-whiz-level information about encryption, code breaking, and the role they play in international politics. Set aside the whole afternoon and evening for it and have finger food on hand for supper--you may want to read this one straight through.

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