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"Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation." (Publishers Weekly)
Very disappointing. After a while the book seems to drag on and on. If in Da Vinci Code you are on the edge of your seat, in this book you won't even get to the seat, the auction is simply too slow-moving.
If you've read a few Dan Brown novels, this one is just about what you're expecting it to be. There's a really entangled mystery, this time involving the Illuminati. There are some great characters, and a weird one or two, and just when you have it figured out, the plot twists like a rollercoaster from Mars. Then they fall in love. Totally formulaic, totally fun. Great light reading.
Poorly written...to the point that I felt bad for english teachers everywhere.
Just skip to Da Vinci code, same type story that is better written.
Like the Da Vinci Code, I didn't want to put this book down. I read it in record time and loved every minute of it.
After reading the Da Vinci Code I was afraid this would be very similar and redundant - I couldn't have been more wrong! This story is compelling and intriguing from the beginning and keeps you engrossed right thru to the end.
I found this book very slow to get into. My husband, who had just finished listening to the book himself, urged me to continue on. I'm glad I did. I found that I could not put this book down. I thought the story line was very original and I liked to hear about all of the history of the Vatican. The narrator did an excellent job, I would like to listen to other books that he has narrated.
The end of the book slowed down again too. I kept thinking that I was at the end of the book but it continued on. I definitely think that the end could have been about half the length. To add to it, I thought the very last line was highly disappointing.
I completely enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down so to speak. It kept my interest throughout. The only thing that I didn't care for was the corny times...overall, I enjoyed the book.
I suggest,that you listen to THIS one first before going to the DaVinci Code, I did and found I enjoyed this one MORE.
The only problem with this book is its the story as Da Vinci Code, exactly the same. But I found the premise for this book better, the beautiful St Peter's Square and the surrounding Vatican a better backdrop and more engrossing story.
I like both books but I think this is a better book than the DaVinci Code. It starts out slow but the last half of the book is much more "exciting".
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