I’m not taking any risk when I pick up one of Dan Brown’s books: I know I’ll dive into a gripping and intricate adventure full of twists and turns.
Deception Point definitely is in this vein, although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Robert Langdon series or Digital Fortress. This novel follows the peripetia of Rachel Sexton and her scientific friends, who were asked to verify the authenticity of a major NASA discovery. Against a backdrop of political intrigues and presidential campaign, the protagonists will soon find out that everything is not what it seems – but will they find it out soon enough?
One of my main issues with Deception point, one I had already encountered in Brown’s stories, is the hypersexualisation of female characters, especially at times when it doesn’t make any, any sense.
The characters take time to think ponder on their romantic life in the most life-threatening situations that involve unrealistic protagonists, both terribly intelligent and extremely good looking. It goes with numerous unnatural dialogues and punchlines as well as a far-fetched plot I struggled to believe in.
However, Dan Brown still is a brilliant author in that he knows what he’s writing about. I can’t imagine how much time he must have spent researching for this book, and he explains very clearly complicated notions and processes that would seem far too technical for mainstream readers.
I can’t deny that I was eager to know the outcome although I rolled my eyes more than once. In the end, I might not have that much to say about the book: I enjoyed the ride, I am thankful for everything I’ve learned about NASA, its importance and its major role in the US, but it won’t be one of my favourite reads of the year…
About the book
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Penguin Books (Corgi)
Publication year: 2009 (first published in 2001)
Page count: 592