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Opus Dei and the Knights

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I often debate with each new read, if I should tackle a fictional or a factual book. This week, I think I did both.

Dan Brown’s latest suspense thriller “The Da Vinci Code” surrounds the mystery of the Holy Grail and secret societies within Christianity and history who have set out to prove the Bible as merely a good story.

I won’t go into more details than that as this is what kept me turning the pages. Every night I plowed through more of the book than I had planned as I was intrigued at what turn the conspiracy theories would take next.

Is any of it true? Possibly… nothing is definite but there is enough historical information and art studies in this novel to keep you intrigued.

The fictional plotline? Not so much. The characters never really get developed to the point that you care and the amateurish puzzles thrown about serve only as bridges to the next bit of information you really want to uncover.

Grant it, I read the whole thing in mere hours, but if I had my druthers, a nice, medium-sized factual discourse on the Grail and the Church might have made me happier.

*also reviewed at brianlewandowski.com

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  • Eric Olsen

    Dude, great title!

  • Joe

    I just got the title after Eric mentioned it. It caught my eye because the book “The Bureau and the Mole” mentions the spy Robert Hanssen’s involvement with Opus Dei as well as Antonis Scalia’s.

  • I thought the first hundred or so pages were fairly standard almost to the point of being uninteresting. Then when we finally got into the explanation I finally saw what everyone was so excited about but then it went on too long. There was too much Christianity, while at the same time too much New Age stuff. And then it all fell apart. There was no payoff. I lump this along with The Corrections and Harry Potter and The Lovely Bones. None of these books lived up to the hype.

  • I am afraid I agree with the previous poster. It was a decent read and in the end it fell apart. Alas, all the books from this author are similar, he does not know how to end a book well.

  • I liked the book personally and thought it was pretty well balanced out. There always a bit of padding in every book, but it was well worth reading.