This short and sweet book is a parody of the Dan Brown mess ''The Da Vinci Code'', and will certainly appeal to those with a bit of a silly sense of humour and a dislike of the original book. Actually, I don't really dislike the original as such, but just find this rather hilarious.
I stumbled across it in a bookstore in Toronto, and after reading the back cover extract I was laughing uncontrollably. It reads -
''In his own blood, the dying man had written a single sentence in splashy, red letter. It was very much a red letter statement:
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAD ME MURDERED!
For long seconds Donglan stared at the mysterious message. 'That, Doctor Donglan,' said Tash, 'is why we have called you in at this time. That mysterious message.'
'It may,' said Robert, 'be an anagram.'
'We wondered about that,' said Tash. 'Can you decipher it?'
Donglan smiled. 'Of course. It is my speciality.' He said. He tried to add 'I am an anagram master'. But instead said 'I amanana manna' and 'I am anamanna' and stopped.'''
For those that really dislike Dan Brown's style of writing, how he throws in useless facts and sets things up perfectly for a film, you will find pleasure here. -
''He could play Robert Donglan. Which I only mention here to help you, the reader, visualise the character, not to try to influence any casting decisions...Just as long as it's not that hideously ubiquitous Tom Hanks, with his huge sandbag please-punch-me face...anyway. Anyway...''
It's funny and rather silly stuff. But if you disliked the original and want a good mockery of it, then this will have you giggling.