A good thriller, but the end is a bit predictable. Although I couldn't believe he actually made the anti-matter explosion. Now just that should make you want to read it, because you're wondering where and how could there be such an explosion on earth, and how does the author plan to get away with such an even (hint: the explosion is a perfect sphere that annihilates a three mile radius sphere, imagine a three mile deep hole somewhere...) But that, I'm not saying :-)
Among the characters, always likeable, we find Robert Langdon about one year before the Da Vinci code. The plot is still about one of these mythological societies, this time a sect devoted to the cause of science against religion, esp the Catholics, and the monstrous plan it has against the Vatican. So we find Robert goes to Rome, where he and the beautiful heroin whose father (the scientist who devised the anti-matter and is killed at the beginning of the book), track down the assassin in his quest for destruction. They have to interpret some clues and this takes us deep into Vatican history, which makes for a cultural read as well as a thriller.
I found the plot highly likeable, with fewer of the historical and somewhat distracting long cultural monologues that render the Da Vinci code a bit lengthy. So here is a slightly more compact, more muscled, and overall more enjoyable book. If you liked the Da Vinci code, this is a must read for you. If you really disliked it, you may find this a bit too incredible and far-fetched. But it's an enjoyable summer read, definitely.
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