Digital Fortress

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Unformatted text preview: Digital Fortress DIGITAL FORTRESS Dan Brown St. Martins Press - New York A THOMAS DUNNE BOOK. An imprint of St. Martins Press. Digital Fortress. Copyright 1998 by Dan Brown. All rightsreserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of thisbook may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever withoutwritten permission except in the case of brief quotations embodiedin critical articles or reviews. For information, address St.Martins Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010. Design by Bryanna Millis Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Brown, Daniel. Digital fortress / by DanBrown. 1st ed. p. cm. A Thomas Dunne Book. ISBN 0-312-20715-8 I. Title. PS3552.R685434D54 1998 813.54dc21 97-33118 CIP For my parents . . . my mentors and heroes A debt of gratitude: to my editors at St. Martins Press,Thomas Dunne and the exceptionally talented Melissa Jacobs. To myagents in New York, George Wieser, Olga Wieser, and Jake Elwell. Toall those who read and contributed to the manuscript along the way.And especially to my wife, Blythe, for her enthusiasm andpatience. Also . . . a quiet thank you to the two faceless ex-NSAcryptographers who made invaluable contributions via anonymousremailers. Without them this book would not have been written. PROLOGUE PLAZA DE ESPAA SEVILLE, SPAIN 11:00 A.M. It is said that in death, all things become clear; Ensei Tankadonow knew it was true. As he clutched his chest and fell to theground in pain, he realized the horror of his mistake. People appeared, hovering over him, trying to help. But Tankadodid not want helpit was too late for that. Trembling, he raised his left hand and held his fingers outward. Look at my hand! The faces around him stared, but he couldtell they did not understand. On his finger was an engraved golden ring. For an instant, themarkings glimmered in the Andalusian sun. Ensei Tankado knew it wasthe last light he would ever see. CHAPTER 1 They were in the smoky mountains at their favoritebed-and-breakfast. David was smiling down at her. What do yousay, gorgeous? Marry me? Looking up from their canopy bed, she knew he was the one.Forever. As she stared into his deep-green eyes, somewhere in thedistance a deafening bell began to ring. It was pulling him away.She reached for him, but her arms clutched empty air. It was the sound of the phone that fully awoke Susan Fletcherfrom her dream. She gasped, sat up in bed, and fumbled for thereceiver. Hello? Susan, its David. Did I wake you? She smiled, rolling over in bed. I was just dreaming ofyou. Come over and play. He laughed. Its still dark out. Mmm. She moaned sensuously. Then definitely come over and play. We can sleep in before we headnorth. David let out a frustrated sigh. Thats why Imcalling. Its about our trip. Ive got topostpone. Susan was suddenly wide awake. What! Im sorry. Ive got to leave town. Ill beback by tomorrow. We can head up first thing in the Im sorry....
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