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on 30 November 2017
Brown has come up once again with a good story. However, large sections of the novel could just as easily be placed in a tourist guide, in fact, it often appears as if descriptions have been lifted from guide books and dropped into the novel. I'm sure they haven't because Brown wouldn't risk an accusation of plagiarism. The descriptions of the art and architecture are accurate, but they are far too didactic to be found in a novel. In The Da Vinci Code and Angel's and Demons, Brown got the balance just about right between displaying knowledge of art and telling a story - here, he hasn't.