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Dan Brown
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The Da Vinci Code
paperback
560 pages
Best-selling thriller, based on theories surrounding the true nature of the "Holy Grail". A curator is brutally murdered in the Louvre, and all he leaves behind are some cryptic clues.. only his grand daughter, who happens to work in the code-breakers department of the French Police Dept., and an American professor who specialises in cryptology are able to decypher them.

They then go off on a crazy trip around Europe trying to find the secret that a secret society has been hiding for 2000 years, whilst being chased around by an albino monk and a rival secret society who are also trying to get their hands on it..

Much has been writing about this novel, and the hype surrounding it was immense. It seems that this was mostly a result of some pretty sleek marketing and pushing the right buttons. One should take all the "this story is telling the truth and you'd better believe it" pr with a pinch of salt and just consider it as the thriller it is.

As such it's not a bad effort. There are some slightly far-fetched turns and twists in the plot and it has a slight feeling of cliche about it but atleast it's entertaining and the story flows well..

Not worth the hype though
6/10
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Dan Brown
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Angels and Demons
paperback
624 pages
Thriller about an ancient society, some high tech and the pope, all combined in one..

A scientist in CERN gets killed rather brutally. An american professor is called to decypher the ancient symbol that's been burned onto his chest. After that's it's off with the scientist's daughter to the Vatican to try and defuse an anti-matter bomb.. of course the pope's just died as well so there's all kinds of ritual things happened whilst the cardinals are meeting up to chose a new pope from their midst. Then the most likely candidates all get kidnapped..

Although it's off to a good start the finish is just terrible, and the whole book has a bit of a messy feel about it, giving the impression mr Brown was trying to think of as many plots as possible just to keep things moving, and to keep the reader from thinking about the whole think for too long..

Not his best effort by far...
5/10
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Dan Brown
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Deception Point
paperback
592 pages
Techno-thriller. NASA is in big trouble as there's doubts about the justification of their budget. The President is facing re-election against a tough opponent bound to cut NASA's budget and privatise the space exploration programme.. Perfect timing for NASA to find a meteor from out of space with signs of life!

To make sure this discovery is not perceived as just a publicity stunt the president gathers a group of highly respected scientists together to publicly confirm the discovery as genuine. He also asks the top scientist of the National Reconnaissance Office to aid in condensing the scientific information into something even Americans will understand. She also happens to be his opponents daughter...

Best novel of mr. Brown thus far, not too over the tope like the others, good plot, nice flow in the story and reasonably defined characters.. recommendable!
7/10
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Dan Brown
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Digital Fortress
paperback
512 pages
Another Dan Brown Techno thriller. This time it's about encryption.. The NSA's new super high-tech unbeatable encryption cracking computer finds a code it can't break. panic breaks out and the director and his best code-cracker get on the case to find out what happened.

Appears a former employee with a grudge has managed to do the unthinkable and developed an unbreakable encryption. He put forwards ransom demands and insists he will release the code world wide if his demands or not met or he dies.
And then he gets murdered...

Good novel, some intriguing thoughts with regards to how things work in the upper echelons of the government and perhaps even a hint of an ethical dilemma with regards to the whole encryption issue.. Plot itself looses it a bit at the end however. Entertaining read..
6/10
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Dee Brown
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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
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512 pages
Novel attempting to paint a picture of the horrific treatment of the Native Americans. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. It tells how the American Indians lost their land, and lives, to a dynamically expanding white society. Over and over again treaties were signed and treaties were broken as the Tribes fell victim to the ruthlessness and greed of settlers pushing westward to make new lives. The Tribes were herded off their ancestral lands into ever-shrinking reservations, and were starved and killed if they resisted.

Having had a life long interest in the other side of the cowboy vs. Indian saga I\'ve always been drawn to finding out more about the native american. This book, even if covers only a 30 year period of the history of the white mans treatment of the native population they found in what they described as \"The New Land\", gives a very emotional and disturbing, but unfortunately accurate image of all the horrific events that occured.

Once again it makes me almost feel ashamed of being of european descent, reading all these description of how the native americans were cheated and bullied of their land, and pushed further and further back till there was nowhere left to go. Just like the buffalo.

Makes for some excellent, if harrowing reading. Highly Recommended!
9/10
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Nick Brown
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The Siege
paperback
390 pages
Cassius Corbulo is young and inexperienced. As an imperial security service agent, he expected to spend his service years behind a desk organising supplies. To the surprise of him, and the reader, he is thrust into the prestigious role of Centurion.

His task is to organise the defence of Alauran, a stronghold in the Syrian dessert, and rein in its wayward defenders who have been leaderless for too long. The problem is he’s straight out of officer training and has never fought in real combat, nor has he expected ever to do so. Consequently, he has to act the part of an experienced warrior or the men would never follow him.

Whilst an interesting premise, the whole thing does not only feel a bit slow but also rather predictable, once you hear about the huge experienced soldier that no-one wants to talk to with the mysterious illness, you know he's going to be the hero that'll save the day at the end..

An OK read but I was catching myself skimming through it at the end just to get to the good bit.
5/10
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Sandra Brown
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Outfox
hardcover
416 pages
FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought-and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemisis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim
8/10
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Running Apache