New York: Pocket Books, 2001. Hardcover; 372 numbered pages, 8vo, original black boards, gilt lettering on spine, white endpapers original pictorial $25.00 priced unclipped dust jacket. Designed by Joseph Rutt, cover illustration by Tom Hallman.
First Edition | First Printing with full number line 10 - 1 on the copyright page
Flat signed in black ink on the title page by Dan Brown
BOOK CONDITION: NEAR FINE; slight wear to spine tips, tiny bump to board edge and corner, tight clean bright and unmarked, price intact. | JACKET CONDITION: NEAR FINE; very slight shelf/ edge wear mainly focused on top and bottom of spine, tiny bit rubbed, clean bright, price intact.
NOTE: Author's 3rd book, preceding The Da Vinci Code. BOOK QUOTES: “Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.”, “Anyone who said power was not addictive had never really experienced it.”, “In my mind, the men and women of NASA are history's modern pioneers. They attempt the impossible, accept failure, and then back to the drawing board while the rest of us stand back and criticize.” ABOUT the book: Deception Point is a techno-thriller novel. The plot concerns a meteorite found within the Arctic Circle that may provide proof of extraterrestrial life, and attempts by the antagonists to prevent the evidence against it from becoming public. In the eve of a U.S. presidential election, NASA discovers concrete proof of extraterrestrial life within a meteorite in the Milne Ice Shelf. The discovery gains overwhelming political importance because NASA's gross expenditure and low yield is the hottest topic of debate. To verify the authenticity of the evidence, the president sends a team of five carefully chosen individuals: four scientists – Michael Tolland, Corky Marlinson, Norah Mangor and Wailee Ming – and a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) employee, Rachel Sexton, daughter of Senator Sexton the presidential candidate. ABOUT the author: Daniel Gerhard "Dan" Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction who is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period, and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies. Three of them, Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and Inferno (2013), have been adapted into films. In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.” Stand-alone novels: Digital Fortress (1998) **Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**
The authenticity of the discovery seems beyond doubt. But when the team discovers a seemingly insignificant anomaly, a Delta Force team that was secretly monitoring them attacks, killing Ming and Mangor while leaving Rachel, Tolland and Marlinson to perish on an ice floe. The three, however, are picked up by the Navy submarine USS Charlotte and manage to inform the president's adviser – Marjorie Tench – and the NRO director – William Pickering – about the incident. Tench hushes up their report while Pickering takes it seriously and sends them an air transport.
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Tench tries to hurt Sexton's campaign through his aide, Gabrielle Ashe. She attempts to blackmail Gabrielle with photos of her extramarital affair with Senator Sexton and reveals that the senator's sponsors are private aerospace corporations who would reap profit from taking NASA's place. A distraught Ashe investigates the claims and discovers that they are true; but also finds out that NASA had lied about the origin of their discovery.
The surviving researchers retreat to Tolland's research ship off the New Jersey coast where they fully re-analyze their data and discover that the meteorite is fake. A surprise attack by the Delta Force team however, prompts Rachel to fax the result of the analysis to her father, asking for help. In the ensuing skirmish, all Delta Force soldiers are killed, their helicopter is sunk, and Pickering is revealed to be their commander. He tells Rachel about her father's true motivations for becoming President, and that he (Pickering) masterminded the fake meteorite to hurt Senator Sexton's campaign. The ship and Pickering are sucked in by a vortex, while a Coast Guard Osprey picks up Rachel, Tolland and Marlinson.
Senator Sexton attempts to publicize Rachel's fax, incriminating the president and NASA. However, during his press conference, Rachel and Gabrielle swap the envelopes containing copies of Rachel's fax with those containing evidences of his extramarital affairs, humiliating him and ruining his chances for the presidency. By the end of the story, Michael and Rachel have developed a romantic relationship
Brown's novels that feature the lead character Robert Langdon also include historical themes and Christianity as motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a 'constant spiritual journey' himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith."
The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.
Deception Point (2001)
Robert Langdon series
Angels & Demons (2000)
The Da Vinci Code (2003)
The Lost Symbol (2009)
Author's 3rd book, preceding The Da Vinci Code.
ABOUT the book:
ABOUT the author:
Digital Fortress (1998)
**Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**.