The Da Vinci Formula

A short while back I bowed to pub­lic pres­sure and was lent a copy of The Da Vin­ci Code, and enjoyed it thor­ough­ly (thanks Matt). Then some­one rec­om­mend­ed the pre­quel Angels and Demons, which was also lent to me (thanks Em). Geez, I real­ly am a scab­by pom­mie tight ass, but I digress.

Did any­one else notice the ‘when you’re on a good thing, stick to it’sim­i­lar­i­ty with these two books? With­out throw­ing to many spoil­ers in, did any­one else notice that both books con­tained an open­ing scene where a beau­ti­ful intel­li­gent woman’s father fig­ure was mur­dered by a lone assas­sin who was tak­ing orders from an unknown mas­ter­mind with a strange accent, and con­tin­u­ing with Robert Lang­don being poten­tial­ly manip­u­lat­ed by a high rank­ing law enforce­ment offi­cer and an eccen­tric man with a dis­abil­i­ty and dubi­ous inten­tions, all the while chas­ing an ever increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult series of clues and final­ly hav­ing more twists than an episode of The Twi­light Zone? Phew.

One of my col­leagues also read both books and is sub­se­quent­ly boy­cotting any fur­ther Dan Brown read­ing because of his for­mu­la­ic approach to writ­ing. Me, how­ev­er… I’m going to read at least one more, coz I did real­ly enjoy them.

Does any­one rec­om­mend Dig­i­tal Fortress or Decep­tion Point? I need to decide by lunchtime…