Cracking The Da Vinci Code

I have been struggling to finish any books recently, so I turned to Audiobooks to see if I can get through them. I have read the sequel to Angel & Demons and are getting close to the end. It is written by Dan Brown. Also, this was meant to be out Wednesday that has passed, but I could not get far enough into the book within a week to be able to write a fair review.

Plot

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Robert Langdon, a symbologist receives another phone call during the night. This is quickly followed up by another photo of a gruesome murder in the Louvre. He finds himself as the prime suspect, trying to find the truth behind a secret society. This time there is no Vittoria and is replaced by Sophie Neveu. Which is unfortunate but is understandable. The police are headed by Bezu Fasche who is clearly out to get them and wants to put the murder on Langdon to cement his legacy. A mysterious figure called Silas, sets everything in motion by murdering Jacques Saunière and the other three members of the Priory of Scion, who’s sole role is to protect a deadly secret. Silas is part of another society called Opus Dei who are a sect of Christianity.

Comparison

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Compared to the previous book, this one felt a lot slower paced even though the main characters were being chased by the police. You never really felt that they were running out of time. Because of this, I was not driven so much to continue the story, but I plodded on. I had to switch to the audiobook just to get to the end. It still focuses on Christianity and the various secrets it has which makes the book remarkably interesting. Brown has done it again with the amount of research to bring you facts and figures.

Same Again?

This is only the second book in the series and already it feels remarkably like the last book which is unfortunate. If I had read this book first, I am sure it would have taken away from that book. Surprisingly the film The Da Vinci Code did better than Angels & Demons, which so far I don’t feel like that is fair. It is probably due to the popularity of Da Vinci.

Final Thoughts

Not as good as the previous book, but I loved the mystery. The slowness of the story also does not help. Even so this gets a very fair 4 out of 5. It is worth a read just don’t expect it to be as good as the first one. I am taking a break from Robert Langdon; I have no idea what the next book will be at this point, but I cannot wait to find out more.

Audiobook

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I would like to add the narration of this book is first class, Paul Michael does a fantastic job of voicing all the characters. Silas (The main antagonist) is voiced so well. I will be looking out for more audiobooks voiced by him. A great narrator can make even the most boring books far more interesting. Are there any narrators you would recommend? It is more than likely I’ll be consuming the next book using an audiobook while usng my new graphics tablet to draw what is going on so I can remain focused.

Anyway, keep safe all and hope you are well.

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