I started and finished The Da Vinci Code on Sunday. Ami picked it up at Bookstar on Sunday in San Diego and I snatched it from her and was half way through by the time I touched down in San Jose, finishing it around 2:30AM. For all the hype and attention (not to mention its ubquitoy), it was just another pop-fiction book with good research behind it. The writing style was a cut above John Grisham, but nothing particularly intelligent and is a good page turning thriller (and very movie-screen adaptable).
The basic premise behind the story is the curator of the Louvre is murdered, which unravels a plot for the search of the Holy Grail. It’s written in a very odd way of having very small quasi-cliffhanger chapters, somewhere up in the 90s. The book followed up to my reading of Peter Paul Reid’s The Templars nicely since both of the books provide two different theories of roughly the same times, namly the creation and purpoe of the Templars. An overall “good” book, in so far as much as it was very interesting and for those readers without the historial background will likely expose them to an exciting and facinating alternate story of the history behind the Roman Catholic Church.