I have to say, I just couldn't wait for this one to be over. There was a lot of pre-publishing hype and I think this continued in the book. Just so much written, but very little of it was super exciting. I was disappointed in this one.
As always, Dan Brown comes through with another great book. Is it as good as Angels and Demons? Judge for yourself. I thought it was excellent and well worth reading. His story lines are extensively researched and well thought out which keep the readers attention throughout the whole book. Some of the important points of the book are over-emphasized and restated again and again but it is not too annoying. If he had stopped the book when the story line ends it would have been a 5 star rating for me. But he chose to write a few more chapters of preaching about his ideals on religion and concepts that may be found offensive by some. The preaching did not really tie into the great story line and was more of an ambiguous tag on the end of what could have been an excellent book that a successful author like Brown is sadly afforded by the powers that be. Nonetheless, it is still worth reading and I do recommend it if you like Brown.
Robert Langdon is way more annoying in this sequel.
poor character development, poor plot development. Slight redeeming value from interesting history & insight into Masons.
If you have ever sat in a coffee shop and have someone regurgitate something they read or saw on TV and enjoyed it this is your book. If you are interested in these topics why not wikipedia em
IMHO the story was not told well and mixed in obvious gotchas
I buy one of these a month (Audio Books) this was a waste of the credit.
Now the one thing this book does do is cover topics that many people may never have heard of, and for that it may inspire some research or something or tattoos... Who knows, I would pass a second time but I had to read it to see if it could hold me.
Dan Brown is talented and i would buy him again, just this did not work for me.
The idea that all the action takes place in less than 24 hours is ridiculous, however Dan Brown once again makes us think about philosophical and religious beliefs that challenge what we know or what we think we know.
Dan Brown is more interested in educating the listener on the history of the Masons than developing his storyline. I was very disappointed and often bored by his rambling.
My wife and I had been looking forward to another Dan Brown novel, having read all his previous books. Unfortunately, we were both very disappointed (I listened and she read on her Kindle). It just never seemed to draw us in as in the previous stories; it was very easy to put it down when we needed to do something else. Yes, it had lots of trivia and history, yes it had the signature Brown plot twist, but it still seemed to miss some spark.
It seems that people are being exceptionally hard on this book. I think it does what it is supposed to do - promote thought and discussion. I bet the internet searches on Freemansons, noetic science, and America's founding fathers spiked with the release of this novel. This book is worth your time.