Digital Fortress is a techno-thriller novel written by American author Dan Brown and published in 1998 by St. Martin's Press. The book explores the theme of government surveillance of electronically stored information on the private lives of citizens, and the possible civil liberties and ethical implications using such technology.

From the book
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, it’s David. Did I wake you?”
She smiled, rolling over in bed. “I was just dreaming ofyou. Come over and play.”
He laughed. “It’s still dark out.”
“Mmm.” She moaned sensuously. “Then definitelycome over and play. We can sleep in before we 
David let out a frustrated sigh. “That’s why I’mcalling. It’s about our trip. I’ve got topostpone.”
Susan was suddenly wide awake. “What!”
“I’m sorry. I’ve got to leave town. I’ll beback by tomorrow. We can head up first thing in the 
morning.We’ll still have two days.”
“But I made reservations,” Susan said, hurt. “Igot our old room at Stone Manor.”
“I know, but—”
“Tonight was supposed to be special—tocelebrate six months. You doremember we’re 
engaged,don’t you?”
“Susan.” He sighed. “I really can’t go intoit now, they’ve got a car waiting. I’ll call you from 
theplane and explain everything.”
“Plane?”she repeated. “What’s goingon? Why would the university . . . ?”
“It’s not the university. I’ll phone and explainlater. I’ve really got to go; they’re calling for me.I’ll be 
in touch. I promise.”
“David!” she cried. “What’s—”
But it was too late. David had hung up.
Susan Fletcher lay awake for hours waiting for him to call back.The phone never rang.

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