Everywhere I go these days I see people reading Dan Brown's two popular books: The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons (see my prior review). It's true, the books are good--they're exciting, high-paced, chock full of little pieces of interesting historical and relevant religious trivia. You'd never imagine that the knowledge base of one art history instructor could rival my one-time TV hero MacGyver in any death-defying situation.
Like its predecessor, The DaVinci Code is a detective's game, making sense of
bizarre clues and solving mysteries one after another in the quest for answers and the
righting of wrongs. Our protagonist Robert Langdon again proves his wile by outthinking
any otherwise confounding situation. The tidbits of history continually divulged are
enough to make you go "hmm", and if any of it were true (who knows) would certainly be
enough to make one question some of the very foundations of modern Christianity.
The pace isn't quite as frantic as Angels & Demons, which I remember on several
late nights fighting the irresistible urge to keep reading. And while I'd generally give
A&D a better rating, DaVinci is another great read--for first time Brown
readers or not.