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Dan Brown is no Umberto Eco,
This review is from: The Da Vinci Code (Hardcover)
If you are not too much concerned with the details, Da Vinci code is a gripping page-turner which will keep you amused for a couple of hours. The plot opens with the murder of the Louvre curator, which brings together an American professor of symbology and a French female cryptographer, and leads you through a handful of scenic location, unveiling a lot of unorthodox history of Christianity on the way. With only four protagonists, the plot is somewhat predictable, though.
The research behind the book is a bit shallow, though. Not only are the geographical descriptions inaccurate, perhaps even more disturbing is that "the extensive library of the world's leading expert" contains no more than four titles, all international bestsellers available at Amazon. Even the the atbash code that the protagonist must decypher at some point is taken verbatim from the Messianic Legacy by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.
Save your money. Buy this book second-hand, or borrow it.