i was excited about it, mostly because i love a good controversy. so bigd got the book from the library, and i decided to read it first, mostly because i wanted to read it first because i am mean like that. anyway...
there are two kinds of books out there. well, there are more than that, but there are two kinds of books that i like. the ones that are entertaining, and the ones that make you think. you get bonus points if you make both lists.
sadly this book made neither. it was much too boring to be interesting, and much to redundant and predictable to be entertaining.
so this robert langdon dude is back,and he does the exact same thing he does in the other two books he is in. he runs around with an attractive woman and finds clues to a mystery or puzzle, and eventually finds out that he already knows the answer. with a lot of plot twists. the only different thing about this book and the davinci code, was that THAT book made you want to google pictures and learn a little history while you were reading. angels and demons made you want to know who's the bad guy? in this book, there was a point that i thought the author was going to do something pretty intersting/brave, and unheard of, but then you find out it is just another "thing". that is all it was, a formulaic and pretty predictable book.
mostly it's about the masons and our founding fathers. as in our founding fathers were religious guys who were also masons. which if you know anything about history, it doesn't come as a big surprise. i was bored and i actually skipped pages. whole pages. i haven't done that since elementary school. we all know many of our founding fathers were masons. the only slightly interesting thing was he got sort of detailed about the rituals. which, by the way, weren't as shocking as i was expecting, considering the drama surrounding the book release. (there was some, right?)
one of the biggest reasons that i wanted to read the book was because i had heard that dan brown came to salt lake city and spoke with leaders from the lds church. who knows what was said, but i found it interesting that part of my religion could have made it out there. maybe it did make the first draft and then was cut. i didn't really see a place for it. i really didn't see a place for anything. maybe that is because i skipped too many pages.
in the end, if you love a good mystery....wait, um....if you love a predictable mystery ( i know this is an oxymoron), shaken up with a little bit of history, and some silly characters, give it a read. if you want to read a good book, i'd pass on this one.