Thursday, December 17, 2015

Deception Point by Dan Brown


Rachel Sexton is a White House intelligence analyst who also has an estranged father running to become president. Her father has based his campaign on NASA over-spending and the need to privatize the space industry. Meanwhile, NASA is ready to come out with their most important announcement ever, something found up on the Milne ice shelf. Third parties have authenticated the find and Rachel is brought up to brief the White House staff. Rachel soon wonders if this is all too good to be true and whether NASA may have manufactured evidence to try to save themselves.

This book took a lot of time to get to the 'what'. What was it that NASA found up on the Milne ice shelf? I was intrigued though, wanting to know what it was, and blew through the beginning of the book rather quickly. Once this has been told, the remainder of the book pretty much requires you to suspend belief. Not because of what NASA found, but because of how it all unravels and who is responsible.

Beyond this, my main problem with the book is geography. It's only mentioned once, but the Milne ice shelf is off of Ellesmere Island. And guess where Ellesmere Island is? CANADA. Do you really think that the Canadian government would let NASA and the US government waltz in to Canada because they found something historic, have only US government employees and American scientists there, and take credit for the finding? If you said yes, you should switch America and Canada in that sentence and ask yourself the question again. Canada finds something of significant historical value in the USA. Would the USA let them on American land without any American supervision or credit? I think not.

First Line: "Toulos Restaurant, adjacent to Capitol Hill, boasts a politically incorrect menu of baby veal and horse carpaccio, making it an ironic hotspot for the quintessential Washingtonian power breakfast."


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