I read The Da Vinci Code. That's not what I want to talk about. Since I enjoyed TDVC, I went ahead and picked up Angels & Demons. I enjoyed that one too, even more than TDVC, so I picked up Deception Point.
Now granted, I've worked through Dan Brown's works backwards, and I'm missing Digital Fortress, but I can't help but notice that there's a recurring pattern to his work. Essentially, he just takes some funky myth, one that is obscure enough to be mysterious, yet mainstream enough that it appeals to a mass audience, gives it a twist, tosses in a villain-who's-not-really-the-villain, then sends the protagonist off down a path that seems pretty predictable to me at this point.
As I read through Deception Point, I just felt like I was a step ahead of the game. It was pretty disheartening as I read the final chapter of the book to realize that all of the assumptions that I'd made earlier came true. Again, maybe since DP came before TVDC and A&D, DP wasn't as polished as the other two. I just don't find Dan Brown to be that great of another...he's too methodical, and predictable. I feel like I can probably write a Dan Brown-esque novel pretty easily. Setting: Greece. Premise: The Trojan War. Villain: Power-hungry ex-Nazi. Patsy: Israeli Mossad agent. Now toss those things up in a salad bowl, and we're good to go.
Thoughts and opinions on Dan Brown?