Deception Point is a political and scientific action-thriller, written by Dan Brown in 2001. When NASA discovers that a meteor in the Arctic Circle contains fossils of life in space, the information is about to change the world. But as the evidence unravels, it becomes questionable whether the meteor is a massive sham. If so, the question remains: why? With careers, reputations and various motives to protect on both sides of the argument, heroine Rachel Sexton, NRO analyst and daughter of the president’s sleazy running opponent in the current election, finds herself in the midst of decoding the truth from the powerful politicians and scientists around her.
Brown’s writing reads like a movie script: fast-paced, full of action, never boring. There are some laugh-out-loud funny parts, and his grasp of science is remarkable. His exposés on the Arctic Circle, meteorites, military aircraft and weaponry, marine sciences, and NASA history are well-researched, so the reader learns a thing or two. While the ending could’ve stood to be better (IMO), this is a fun novel if you need something engrossing to pass the time.