By Dan Brown
Paperback, 430 pages
1998, St. Martin’s
Susan Fletcher works for the NSA, developing and breaking codes to prevent terrorism and criminal acts against the U.S. When her anniversary weekend with her fiancé, David, is canceled due to an emergency call he receives, Susan is disappointed – at least, until she gets called into work too. When she arrives, she finds the NSA’s master computer stuck on a code it’s been unable to break for over 13 hours, something everyone thought impossible. Susan soon learns David is caught up in her company’s efforts to do damage control and was sent to Spain to retrieve something critically important. As Susan struggles against the clock to figure out what’s going on, she soon realizes nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.
My blurb feels cheesy, but I’m going to leave it that way because this book was cheesy. It’s the literary equivalent of an action movie and perhaps some popcorn to munch while reading would have helped.