This book is selling like hot cakes and by now well known to even those who haven't read it. And whoever has read it praises it as a great book. I beg to differ.
It is a good thriller, Dan Brown keeps you glued to the book and makes you turn the pages faster. A lot has been written about his attack of the Vatican and Opus Dei, but those are secondary to the book in itself. What Dan Brown has done, and done well is, selected a different setting and written a cross word puzzle around it. If you bring it down to the basics, it is a treasure hunt with lot of religious symbolism and information.
The story is simple - the curator of the Louvre Museum is killed in the gallery. Before his death he leaves clues involving Robert Langdon, the Harvard Symbologist visiting Paris. With the help of the curator's grand daughter Sophie , how Robert goes about tracking the Holy Grail is the story. Opus Dei, a catholic sect is the other party trying to reach there first. The trail leads to a secret organisation Priory of Sion, the Holy Grail, Mary Magdalene's descendants and the Knights Templar. It is a heady mix of early Christianity and the struggles during the medieval ages. There is "The Teacher" who helps Opus Dei and seems to be a step ahead of Langdon always.
The way Langdon, Sophie and Sir Leigh Teabing (The Holy Grail expert) go about solving the clues is interesting and you can sense the author teasing the readers. For the record I guessed the Newton Clue correctly atleast 4 pages before it was revealed (self congratulatory pat). Once the "Teacher" is revealed, I could guess how it was going to end and frankly the book ended there for me.
I am not trying to derate the book, it is already a bestseller, but it is not "the book" as its advocates claim. I still rate "Day of The Jackal" as the best thriller I have read.
A good thriller, but not a great one.