Having collected the $$ for Angels and Da Vinci, Brown should have left well enough alone. This was about as interesting as a grocery list. I would recommend he move on to another form. I couldn't finish it.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is long, but there was a lot to explain and I appreciated all the information. There are a lot of concepts that I researched because I didn't even now about them before. As in his prior books, he opens your eyes to a lot of possibilities and destroys a lot of generally accepted myths.
This book had the slowest pace of any book I've ever read/listened to. I kept waiting for it to get better, but finally with about an hour left I just turned it off. I didn't even care how it turned out. I just wanted it to be over. I couldn't suspend my disbelief to the point that I could believe that in crisis situations everyone would stand around listening to or delivering long winded lectures. The premise was also just too ridiculous to be believed. Powerful or no, I doubt that the revelation of Masonic secrets would be cause for the kind of mobilization of govt. resources that the book describes. Save yourself the hours of boredom and read a good Masonic history instead. Get all the information and trivia without the wooden characters, pompous lectures and silly plotline.
Several segments of incredibly well-written tension and suspense interspersed amid nearly 18 hours of sometimes interesting, sometimes even educational, symbological blather. It is the rare case when a story cries out for abridgment but this is one - and perhaps when they do the movie - they can leave out of a few of the minor but irritating things that people just wouldn't do - that just wouldn't happen - but do here, in order to move the sometimes riveting, sometimes - frequently - self-absorbed in inanely long narratives of symbological explanation. You might not want to FF for fear of missing something, but a "faster" switch would be welcome to get through this 120 plus chapter lengthy tome.
Dan Brown has once again thrilled me. And his extensive collection of minute yet important and sometimes secret facts is amazing! I'm left awed and feeling rather dumb. And his protagonist, once again saves the day and gets the girl. Gonna have to read it again.
I have to classify this one as a dud. Granted, following his remarkable success of The Davinci Code was nearly impossible, but this is real turkey. I felt that it was a waste of my time.
The problem with Dan Brown's books is that they all have exactly the same tempo and pretty much the same plot. Haven read his prior books, I worked out the big revelations. The Ending is disappointing and the narrative lost me in the last few chapters, as the author tried to reason away the conclusion. Nonetheless I gave this review an above average rating because they are fun books.