I listened to almost all of the first half and had to stop. No drama. No tension. No character development. And so much detail about the buildings and paintings and hallways and floors and doorways in Florence.......you get the picture.
Worst of all I loved all of Dan Brown's other books, especially the last few. I was really looking forward to something great.
When this book started out I thought I was reading a romance novel. Glad I stuck with it.
Excellent plot development and really takes a turn around halfway through.
A new and refreshing approach to a crime novel.
Slow moving with an unimaginative plot. I finished it, but it was a struggle. I want more mystery and twists and turns in a book like this.
I just finished the entire series. This review is to give people an overall idea of the five books and why not to start them.
I started this book after I had immensely enjoyed the HBO series. I had hoped book one would give me more more plot and more character development than the tv show.
Sadly, it did not.
The tv show has all the major plot lines of the book without hours of meaningless prattle.
It's amazing how this author can say nothing in so many, many words. And I like long books--I loved Stephen King's The Stand and Justin Cronin's The Passage.
I went on to book two because I was curious how all the cliffhangers from the first book would turn out. I got hours of boring details a little plot movement and everything left hanging at the end. Speaking of the end, almost all plot of importance happens in the last part of each book.
Book three was like book two with slightly more interesting endings, but with hours of boring fluff.
Book four was absolutely horrible. Major characters from the first three books are not even addressed in this book. It is basically more hours of boring listening about secondary characters. THE AUTHOR EVEN APOLOGIZES FOR THIS AT THE END!!
Book five was the biggest letdown because it came years after book four and one would think the author would come up with some better plots. Nope, just more boring stuff in the longest book of the series with the usual ending of all things being left hanging for the major characters.
I finished the series because I liked the tv show so much, and hoped to see how everything turned out.
I won't read any future books.
For those of you who watch the tv series here's an example of how slow the plot moves.
In the show and in book one "winter is coming" keeps getting said. In book five it's still coming.
Lead character(written in first person) is so annoying you want him written out of the book. Story of terrorist (written in third person) is excellent. Not enough to save book. DeMille should stick to third person writing.
Book has unfinished ending, which leads you to sequel (The Lion) which has same problems.
The half of this book written in the third person and is about the terrorist is excellent.
The other half written in the first person and is about the hero John Corey and is horrible simply because of his constant jokes and sarcasm during any situation no matter how serious. No one would be able to stand being around him and you won't either as you read this book. I hoped the terrorist would win and put him out of my misery.
Unfortunately, I also read the Lion's Game, this books prequel. It has the same problem. I only read both books because this book promised an end to the story that is left unfinished in the first book.
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