By Dan Brown
Published March 28th 2006 (first published 2001) by Pocket
From the back cover,
Dan Brown's more famous Da Vinci Code and Angels & Daemons were some of the great suspense- thriller books I had read, so I had to pick this one up! High Expectations often fall flat, and that was the case here. It took me a long time to finish this one.
A shocking scientific discovery.
A conspiracy of staggering brilliance.
A thriller unlike any you've ever read....
When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory -- a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery -- a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.
Elections are about to happen and the President Zach Henery sees himself losing as his oponent Senator Sexton gains popularity. The reason being his announcement of the ludicrous fundings of NASA and he claims that it is a brutal waste of every American's money which could be used for education and other things. At this point, NASA does an astonishing discovery of a meteorite buried under the Arctic Ice. The White House to validate NASA finds, employs many civilian scientist, one famous oceanographer and a famous TV personality Michael Tolland and White House's NRO Data Analyst Rachel Sexton, who incidently is the daughter of Senator Sexton.
Everything is perfect when all the scientist, Tolland and Rachel give their thumbs up to the discovery! But moments later, one scientist disappears and an illuminacence in the water surrounding the Metorite leads the pack of civilan scientists, Tolland and Rachel to redo their assessment of what they had endorsed and thus end up finding a deception that no one could have thought ab0ut. With highly specialized assasins on the trail, all they want to do is get the proofs of this deception to the President.
The storyline is good. The only problem was the first part of the book was very boring for me. Not until they find out that the meteriorite is all made-up stuff does it get interesting. Then there is lot on Senator Sexton as well, which is good but then I didn't find it interesting. I liked the character of Gabrielle Ashe who is the adviser of Senator Sexton.
I don't know, I was not sure whether I liked it or not. I mean I found, there was something missing. But I really liked the way, one by one they found out about the deception - how they got proofs and all that. And of course, who was behind the deception, took me by surprise too. I really didn't guess that one :)
It is an OK read not one of his finest!