Title: Deception Point
Year of Publication: 2002
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Corgi Books
Place of Publication: Great Britain
Text type: Novel
Summary: Deception Point by Dan Brown is about a NASA discovery that has implications for the up and coming American election and for the team of scientists that are examining the find. The NASA satellite PODS discovered a meteorite containing fossils believed to be evidence of extra terrestrial life buried deep in the Artic ice. This meteorite is very important to the White House because they are fighting a loosing battle against Senator Sexton in the election. Senator Sexton has the political edge as he is campaigning against NASA and saying that the President should not be financially supporting them; the money should go to the American people instead of being wasted on a space program that is failing mission after mission. The President, in doubt that the world would believe that NASA found the meteorite put together and sent a team of civilian scientist.
This team would confirm and document the existence of the meteorite and the fossils. Included in the team is the daughter of the Senator, Rachel Sexton and a well loved scientific face, Michael Tolland. The team discovers that the meteorite had been planted in the ice and that it was a make believe meteorite but before they can make their findings known their lives are threatened. There only hope for survival is finding out who is the mastermind behind the plan. They discover that Rachel's boss, William Pickering planted the so called meteorite so that NASA could get a victory and so that the Senator would lose in the election. In one final struggle for their lives Rachel and Michael managed to inform the President and in doing so tell the world.