Digital Fortress : A Thriller

by Dan Brown | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0312995423 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Xehupatl on 4/24/2004
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14 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Xehupatl on Saturday, April 24, 2004
Nice high-tech thriller. Not as good as "The DaVinci Code" or "Angels and Demons", but still engaging. A real page-turner.

Journal Entry 2 by Xehupatl at on Monday, April 26, 2004
Released on Monday, April 26, 2004 at Uni-Campus - Anglistikinstitut (Eingangsbereich) in Vienna, Wien Austria.

Um 8:30 dort releast. Blah.

Journal Entry 3 by wingfannynataliewing from Wien Bezirk 08 - Josefstadt, Wien Austria on Monday, April 26, 2004
Yes yes yes, at 2 p.m. it was still there and now it's mine! Thanks a lot!

Here are the participants of the BookRing:
(The order may still change according to shipping preferences.)

1. fannynatalie (A)
2. Rianonne (A)
3. SabinaLorenz (A)
4. zazou (CH)
5. boucli (F)
6. Brujula (F)
7. Felsenpinguin (D)
8. Dani75 (D)
9. muizz (NL)
10. rubyjules (USA)
11. gypsyrose02 (Australia)
12. KatColorado (CH)
13. rowlf (D)
14. Pandamao (D)
Then the book goes back to fannynatalie (A)

Journal Entry 4 by wingfannynataliewing from Wien Bezirk 08 - Josefstadt, Wien Austria on Tuesday, May 04, 2004
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Digital Fortress is the best and most realistic techno-thriller to reach the market in years. Dan Brown's ability to paint in living color the gray area between personal freedom vs. national security is awesome. The story line is so good, readers will feel a chilling thrill a minute as the book makes one think who is truly the terrorist and who is actually freedom's guardian."
(www.danbrown.com)

In my opinion it is an exciting novel, which is apt for filming, although (or because) the love story was laid on too thick. I definitely prefer "The Da Vinci Code". Nevertheless I hope you will enjoy the book!

Journal Entry 5 by wingfannynataliewing at on Thursday, May 06, 2004
Release planned for Friday, May 07, 2004 at Pickwick's in Wien, Austria Controlled Releases.

On we go...The book's reserved for Rianonne!!

Journal Entry 6 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Friday, May 07, 2004
Just picked up from the Pickwick's!
I'm working my way to the end of "The Da Vinci Code", which is very hard to put down and then I will dive into this one right away !

Journal Entry 7 by Rianonne from Wien Bezirk 22 - Donaustadt, Wien Austria on Friday, May 14, 2004
It can't match "The Da Vinci Code" but is nevertheless a realtistic techno-thriller with many turns to keep the reader guessing till the end.

Journal Entry 8 by Rianonne at on Friday, May 14, 2004
Released on Friday, May 14, 2004 at Pickwicks, Marc-Aurel-Str.10-12, 1010 Wien in Wien, Wien Controlled Releases.

Im Glaskasten für SabinaLorenz hinterlegt.

Journal Entry 9 by SabinaLorenz from Wien Bezirk 19 - Döbling, Wien Austria on Monday, May 17, 2004
Ich bin schon sehr gespannt!!! Danke fürs Hinterlegen!

Journal Entry 10 by SabinaLorenz from Wien Bezirk 19 - Döbling, Wien Austria on Wednesday, July 21, 2004
very good plot, interesting changes, logical theory --> interesting book

Journal Entry 11 by SabinaLorenz at on Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Release planned for Friday, July 23, 2004 at Controlled Releases in Wien, Wien Austria.

Will be sent to zazou on July, 23.

Journal Entry 12 by zazou from Saint-Prex, Vaud Switzerland on Monday, August 02, 2004
Thanks Sabina.
Look forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 13 by zazou from Saint-Prex, Vaud Switzerland on Monday, August 09, 2004
I really enjoyed the plot and couldn't leave the book aside for very long. I just had to know what was coming next...
I had more difficulties with the last few pages. It seems that the easiest of the codes took them ages to resolve...

Journal Entry 14 by boucli from Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées France on Monday, August 23, 2004
Just received, thanks, Zazou !
This goes first on my TBR pile...

Journal Entry 15 by boucli from Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées France on Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Just like "Angels and demons", it's a very exciting read, though I did guess ahead of the heroes 1-2 times (I agree with Zazou about the final code... and... [hidden spoiler ! : select blank space with mouse to read] it was obvious from the beginning that TANKADO and NDAKOTA were anagrams, but Susan has to wait till page 300 or so to realise that !)...but it doesn't really matter neither whether the technology involved here is realistic or not (the same as with "angels and demons"...) and all in all : I just couldn't put it down !
Looking forward to reading the da Vinci Code now !!

thanks for the ring, fannynatalie !

this book will be sent to Brujula today !

Journal Entry 16 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Friday, August 27, 2004
Found today in my mailbox!
Thank you boucli!

Journal Entry 17 by Felsenpinguin from München, Bayern Germany on Saturday, October 09, 2004
Just arrived by post :-)
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17.10.04
Nice read for the weekend, enjoyed it.

Book will continue its journey as soon as I have the next address.

BTW, it still travels with fannynatalie's original card :-).

Ah yes, nearly forgot: Like Brujula I also felt that some of the things said about Spain are downright insulting! Left a real bad taste in some places... (Especially the remark about a punctured lung being fatal in Spain! Sounds as if Spain was Third World!)

Journal Entry 18 by Brujula from Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais France on Sunday, October 10, 2004
Well, it looks the spanish mail is very fast (and it is way more expensive than french mail).
I mailed this book on october 6th and believed I would be able to sit at home in front of my computer to write a review before it was delivered, but it travelled too fast!

This book is not a bad techno thriller, as the other readers have said....but...
Many details have annoyed me in this book, some of them a lot! There are many inaccuracies, and some of the things Brown writes about Sevilla and Spain are just plainly offensive.

Anyone who has been to the Giralda (and I think the author who studied history of art in Sevilla must have) knows there are no steep stairs to go up, but ramps, so one could ride a horse to the very top of the tower! So it's hard to imagine someone taking 3 steps at a time on the way up ( it would mean going round the three sides of a square tower in one step) and even harder to imagine going down 5 or 6 steps at a time!
"Those bastard spaniards" take communion towards the end of the mass, like all other catholics. They don't dress in black for that unless they are grieving. The cathedral doors are always open during services. No wine for communion (except for the priests) in Spain (and it would be hard consecrating wine and giving it for communion to several hundred people!). The main service is midmorning, or at noon, never at dawn.
Sevilla is far enough from the coast so people don't go to party to the beach for the evening. And it's really far from extremadura, so the airport can't be there.
Medicine is as advanced in Spain as in any other european country, so saying a punctured lung in spain is fatal is insulting to all europe.

And the without wax crap is pure invention, as anyone with a good ethymologic dictionnary can easily check...

So, it's a fast read, you do feel compelled to get to the end as soon as you can. But when I put down the book I felt strong dislike for the author. Dan Brown is lucky this book hasn't been translated to Spanish before Da Vinci Code reached the top of selling lists in Spain....
I bought Da vinci code a few months ago and haven't still read it.... I will read it, but I don't think I would have bought the book had I read Digital Fortress first.... And now I think I will read it keeping in mind anything asserted by the author is farfetched fiction!

Released 15 yrs ago (10/17/2004 UTC) at An einen Bookcrosser verschickt in München, Germany -- Controlled Releases

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Got an instant reply to my PM so the book is off to the nearest post box :-)!

Journal Entry 20 by Dani75 from Rudersberg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Received today. I´ve got one other bookring book to read first but that won´t take long!

Journal Entry 21 by Dani75 from Rudersberg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, November 19, 2004
This is the first novel by Dan Brown that I´ve read and I just couldn´t put it down once I started reading! A really gripping thriller that kept me awake for two nights! I just had to know the ending.

And there´s another thing that keeps me puzzling: there´s a row of numbers on the last page:

128-10-93-85-10-128-98-112-6-6-25-126-39-1-68-78

A code or just decoration? Any ideas?

Is now on the way to the next reader: muizz!

Journal Entry 22 by muizz from Nieuwegein, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I received two Dan Brown bookrings on the same day. Coincidence or not? I've some other bookrings waiting, so I'm afraid the Dan Brown books will have to wait until Christmas....

Journal Entry 23 by muizz from Nieuwegein, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, January 18, 2005
I have finished the book a couple of days ago. It is a good page turner, but nothing more than that. However, I enjoyed reading this book.
It has just been released in Dutch. After the success of the Da Vinci Code the publisher decided that he could make more money by publishing another Dan Brown book... It's quite a hype over here now. Every bookstore you enter, you see big piles of the Dutch translation of this book. So I'm glad I've read it, because now I have my own opinion about this book, and don't have to rely on others anymore...
Now the book goes across the ocean, to the USA. I will use the cheapest method to send it, so it will take some time before it arrives there.

Journal Entry 24 by rubyjules from Clifton Park, New York USA on Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Yeah, I got this in today's mail. I'm so excited, as I've been wanting to read other Dan Brown books since reading Da Vinci Code. I've read everyone's reviews here, and it seems like this book has received some interesting comments. I look forward to soon adding my own. I just want to finish the book I'm reading now, then I will read this one.

Thanks for sharing fannynatalie.

Journal Entry 25 by rubyjules from Clifton Park, New York USA on Saturday, April 16, 2005
This was a very good book. It was a quick read that really sucked you into the story. I'm PM'ing morpha for an address and will semd it on as soon as I can.

4/17 - Morpha asked to be skipped. Pm'ing KarinAlyssa for address.

4/18 - KarinAlyssa also asked to be skipped as she has the book already. PM'ing grover3d.

4/20 - I'm having problems trying to pm grover3d. I will keep trying, though. :)

Released 14 yrs ago (4/27/2005 UTC) at bookring (Victoria Park) in -- Controlled Releases --, Western Australia Australia

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grover3d never responded, so I mailed this to gypsyrose02 today. I mailed it out surface mail. I'm sorry for the delay. Thank you so much.

Journal Entry 27 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, May 03, 2005
received today. will get to it asap. thankyou

Journal Entry 28 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Sunday, May 22, 2005
finished reading today. didnt find it as good as da vinci code, but still enjoyed it none the less. found it abit slow to start with, but once the drama started, i couldnt stop. i also guessed who was behind everything right from the start. the other guy was just too obvious. (thats all im saying on that subject). also guessed the answer at the end and was practically yelling at them thru the pages of the book. (but what do ya know, they couldnt hear me!!!)
thanks for including me in this!
am waiting on reply from my pm before posting.

Journal Entry 29 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, June 09, 2005
being posted out tomorrow to pandamao. sorry for the delay, but I couldnt get a hold of people and PM's and posts werent getting through.

Journal Entry 30 by Pandamao from München, Bayern Germany on Friday, June 24, 2005
Digital Fortress has arrived. I can't wait to start with it.

Journal Entry 31 by Pandamao from München, Bayern Germany on Sunday, July 03, 2005
great to read as most of the Dan Brown books

Released 14 yrs ago (7/6/2005 UTC) at BookRing in -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bayern Germany

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Das Buch war spannend wie die übrigen von Dan Brown. Geht zurück an Fannynatalie. Danke für diesen Buchring!

Journal Entry 33 by wingfannynataliewing from Wien Bezirk 08 - Josefstadt, Wien Austria on Monday, July 11, 2005
The book returned to me today. Thank you all for your comments! I will think about what to do with the book now. Maybe some other BC members would like to read it, too.

Journal Entry 34 by wingfannynataliewing at on Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Will be released at the 1st birthday of our "Schwammerlstammtisch".

Journal Entry 35 by book06 from Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Sunday, November 06, 2005
das buch ist in linz bei der eröffnung der obcz gelandet und ich habs mitgenommen!

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