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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 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.
Being an ardent lover of Dan Brown's books, I had to get my hands on the "Deception Point". Every bit intriguing and a page turner to the 't', Deception Point is a real treat to readers. As the name suggests, the core theme of the book is about deception and this time around, Dan Brown has chosen not to shatter ceilings and break codes. He has, for a change, trained his guns on the NASA. Although NASA and deception seem quite unlikely, trust Dan Brown to weave out fiction from the strangest yet interesting plots. The novel is set during the election season in the US. There is a challenge raised on the Government spending on NASA which yields precious little benefits for the general population. The challenger is Sedgewick Sexton who corners the incumbent president Zach Herney and wins most of the pre-election opinion polls. His daughter Rachel is one among the chosen four that are handpicked by the President as independent observers, of a discovery made by the NASA. They are instructed to validate NASA's claim that a meteorite was discovered in the icy climes of the Arctic region. The meteorite as per the claim had some form of life in it. The claims seem faulty and when one of them picks up the flaw he gets killed, even before he could discuss it with anyone. The remaining three, chance upon enough evidences to prove that the claims are false. Along with this discovery, the observers discover that their precious lives are in danger. But who is after their lives and why? Well, all this and more, is best read from this well written book by Dan Brown.