Dan Brown had written this book berore three years of release of his all time best Da Vinci code. The story runs well preserving the secrets. But let me tell you at one point of the story you can guess who is bad? also the ending can be predicted easily, if can keep a good track of what happens in the previous parts. Digital fortress is similar to that of Da vinci code (I thing the other way is right,but the latter being more popular I have put it this way). Da Vinci code has its own historic significance where as this political touch with blended twists.
It begins with the death of Ensei Tankado. He is one of the Crypto staff working for US's most secret agency- NSA (National Security Agency). NSA snoops into the emails in order to ensure the nation's security. Like other staff he too works for TRANSLTR. The NSA has developed a massive (four stories tall) supercomputer named TRANSLTR,which helped to break codes and to break the encryption algorithms. But Tankado is not happy with it. He does not like the snooping job.He is intelligent enough to create an unbreakable code called "Digital Fortress", His death seemed to be heart attack but is it natural death or he was murdered?? He leaves behind a passkey for his Digital Fortress. David Becker, a college proffesor is put to find out the pass key by the deputy director of operations, Trevor J Strathmore( Is something fishy!!!!). David is also the would-be of Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beatiful mathematician, one of the top cryptographers of NSA. Commander is responsible for her to be one of the important member of NSA. The story revolves around them. NSA is being held hostage by the digital fortress. Susan battles to save the agency. David battles for his life till the last to help susan to save the agency. Its exciting and realistic at times.
The best part according to me is:
"The ploy was a brilliant one. Apparently Strathmore had been watching only one side of a tennis match. Since the ball kept coming back, he assumed there was someone on the other side of the net. But Tankado had been against a wall. "
Also David's escape. His character has full life. Next is Susan. Her intelligence in understandind what has been happening and who is responsible…. Strathmore's part is good too, but fades easily. You can always guess about him. Jabba and Fontaine, director (NSA) put up a nice show.
"ONLY TRUTH WILL SAVE YOU NOW"
Rest is left to you to read.!!