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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown the rare thriller that lives up exactly to expectations, Dan Brown's success must surely be attributed partly to the matter of great timing, as it sets up the Catholic Church as the bad guys right when sentiment in the US is turning slightly against the Church, what with priest scandals and whatnot, and Irish-Americans remembering their own long repressed memories.

very tightly written. can almost be used as a textbook for how to keep the excitement high. if the Louvre scene is a little drawn out, action quickly picks up again with the dramatic countdown cinematic and the bad guy very clearly James Bond-movie villainish.

the textbook thriller.