Deception Point

Deception Point

by Dan Brown

Debbie Weiss: At the Second Novel Exchange event, I picked up "Deception Point" in the book swap. I had read "The DaVinci Code" by Dan Brown, so I decided to give this book a try and I wasn't disappointed.

The story actually involves various sub-plots. To begin with, a Presidential campaign is going on between the incumbent, Zach Herney, and Senator Sedgwick Sexton. A big campaign issue revolves around NASA. Senator Sedgwick is opposed to the monopoly that NASA holds on space exploration and is the space agency's harshest critic. Zach Herney, on the other hand, is a proponent of NASA's exclusive status and is a strong advocate of its continued funding by the government.

Rachel Sexton is the Senator's daughter and she is employed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in the capacity of a White House Intelligence Analyst. She has a hostile relationship with her father and has as little interaction with him as possible. She is called upon by the President to fly to the Arctic's Milne Ice shelf to verify an historic finding made by NASA. She is accompanied by a team of scientific experts and what they end up discovering is that the historic finding is actually a bold deception --- an outright fraud.

Who perpetated the deception and why? Was it NASA, trying to erase all of its recent negative publicity? Was it President Herney, hoping that a big NASA discovery would help him in his campaign fight against Senator Sexton? Rachel and the others investigating the fraud are able to obtain details of the deception, but they are tracked down and almost killed before they can disseminate the information to the authorities.

This was a relatively long book at 557 pages, but it was an interesting read and I often had difficulty putting it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I definitely recommend this book.
Rating: ****

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