Deception Point by Dan Brown
For the beginning, I must say that I had never read Dan Brown before, but Deception Point has become one of the most fascinating books I ever held in my hands. I really couldn’t stop turning pages as the story was unfolding in front of me. I’m not a big fan of reading anymore as I used to be, but this time Mr. Dan Brown reminded me how addictive a book can be.
The genre of the story is science fiction but it also reveals numerous social and political issues, it contains accurate information about American military and government agencies, so along with the pleasure of the story itself I learned a lot, too.
All the events of the book happen within one single day. And the person who goes through it all is a young woman, her name is Rachel Sexton and she’s the main character. She was a National Reconnaissance Office associate. At the moment she was holding the NRO’s premiere gisting post – intelligence liaison to the White House. “She was responsible for sifting through the NRO’s daily intelligence reports, ... distilling them into single-page briefs” and sending them to the White House, directly to the customer. By an ironic coincidence her father was Senator Sedgewick Sexton, aiming for President’s Desk, of course. So he and his daughter belonged to opposite parties in the upcoming elections, and the reason for Rachel to keep the post and not supporting her father was his personality of a cunning politician and the long story of their family. Bluntly speaking, they didn’t love each other, that’s all.
That day Rachel was called to the office as if there were an emergency (which wouldn’t surprise anybody who had a slightest idea what the NRO stood for). Her boss, the NRO director William Pickering was sending her to some private meeting with the U.S. President of which he himself knew nothing. As it turned out later, the meeting was held on the President Zach Herney’s private plane. She was supposed to go to the North Pole...