An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target..
I am left aghastaghasted. Unbelievable, this one is the one to top when it comes to adventure & history and pace &creativity. Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush. My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and my hands automatically went to my mouth. I was totally captivated by the story Dan Brown told.
I've recently noticed how much history is appropriated (rightfully) by the modern authors like Orhan Pamuk(Kırmızı Saçlı Kadın), Elif Safak(Aşk), Nazan Bekiroğlu(Nar Ağacı) and Akmet Ümit(Bab-ı Esrar). This is a different type of historical immersion. This is about bringing it to the forefront... something in the past is incredibly relevant, vital, to the present.
First of all, Reading the book cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for me, and the book was different enough from the movie to keep me gasping out loud at plot twists. For me, I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some might find his twists unbelievable or even predictable, I was just in it for the story and found myself completely absorbed. I appreciated the facts (or "facts") throughout the story that were presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc. and I loved the feeling of being on the inside of solving a puzzle while racing against time.
Secondly ,The awesomeness of this work lies in the battle between science and religion, perhaps one of the most seminal works about that topic. It explores this duality literally, symbolically... every which way. That they are married, both science and religion, is the thesis. Brown proves this with the precision of a skilled scientist. & with the heart of a devout... historian.
Finally, I even enjoyed the general mechanics of this book--I liked the short chapters that kept me coming back for more. They made it easy to fly through the pages. I would look down maybe after a half hour or so into reading and be 100 pages further in the book. My favourite part of the book, besides the adrenaline rushes, was how he bounced from one point of view to another without leaving the reader feeling disoriented. Rather, it had the opposite effect for me, clarifying everything by being able to watch the story unfold from all angles.
This is a MASTERPIECE indeed.