Though I am not a huge fan of
suspense/thriller books and movies, this one stands out as an exception.
This is already quite a famous book and by no means do I intend to go
against its popularity.
Controversial. That's exactly what this book is.It deals with so
many things that will make you go "is that true ??" and the greatest
kick is what the author has written in the first page claiming that the
things in the book are facts. Well, so it seems.
As soon as you begin the book, its
like you are seeing a high-quality suspense movie. Its so very clearly
made. The suspense is so intense at times that I kept pushing myself to
continue the book for as long as I could in one go (and I am not very
good at this yet).
The secrets are so many and so
very intriguing that you just can't put the book down. As I mentioned in
my blog, un-putdownable. The mysteries, the clues, the
code-breaking all add to the effect that the book brings upon you and
you are so much sucked into the book. It was as though the book was
written for a film. I can't wait for its 2006 release starring Tom Hanks
in the lead !!
The book starts off with the
murder of a Louvre Museum curator and this man is found with his body in
a strange pose, as if trying to reveal some hints to somebody. From here
starts a trail of clues and codes, almost like a treasure-hunt, and
includes few new characters but so many changes within the characters
itself as the story progresses. The end is very neat, but I must confess
that it was the mid-section of the book that I enjoyed the most.
One of the things that puzzled me
the most was how the author managed to untangle all the conspiracies and
reveal the secrets so very convincingly !!At many places in the
book, I was like "Will I be given explanations about these things at the
end or are they just loopholes ??". The explanations were given, but at
almost the end. Sure, that's how it should be.
Very good book and I must say it
deserves all the attention that it has been and will continue to get.