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Old 10-06-2009, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Like I say, all his books follow the same pattern, it's his biggest downfall.
I have noticed this with many authors.
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I have noticed this with many authors.
True but I think it's especially the case for Dan Brown. I've never noticed it more so than with him.
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Old 10-11-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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You are right, it seemed very formulaic.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Charles Town, WV
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i'm reading it now. his books are predictable, as noted throughout this thread. as with the davinci code, it illustrates that there is a world of history about which i am clueless. now i'm doing internet searches on alot of washington dc history. that's one thing that i really like about his books ... they motivate me to learn more.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Is this a book you would get someone who wants to know more about the Masons?
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Is this a book you would get someone who wants to know more about the Masons?
Not really, no. It's a novel and while some of the information about the Masons may be accurate, it's a fictional book and therefore liberties will have been bound to be taken with the facts. If you or someone you know wants to know more about the Masons, you should look for non-fiction.
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I enjoyed the book. I did not think it was as fast-paced at the davinci code. It does bring up a lot of curious points that always make me investigate on my own. I don't know any masons, but I would sure like to meet a few and ask them some questions!
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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I started, put it down and now will pick it back up!
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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I enjoyed the book. I did not think it was as fast-paced at the davinci code. It does bring up a lot of curious points that always make me investigate on my own. I don't know any masons, but I would sure like to meet a few and ask them some questions!
Thanks PA2UK.

sgr, good luck on finding someone who will talk about being in the Masons. I was asking about this book because my husbands dad was in it, and never would say a word about it, but my husband got strange vibes from him, about being a Mason. He's always been curious as to their secret traditions. I just bought the book for him, but, may take it back and try to find one more involved. I bet if there are some, they are written anonymously!
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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I was really enjoying it, but then it kind of fell apart for me at the end. Without giving anything away, I would say that I loved the suspense it created about "the big secret." However, as I read it, I continued to feel that there was no way that it could end in a way that would be completely satisfying to the reader. I mean, the book created questions to which the reader really wants answers. They were questions, in my opinion, that Brown couldn't really answer in a reader-satisfying way without making up something outrageous. And, of course, he thankfully didn't make up something outrageous. In other words, I think it was the subject matter itself that made it impossible to have a huge, climactic ending.

Good book, but the end was a predictable let-down.
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