On the back cover of Steve Berry‘s latest Cotton Malone novel, The King’s Deception, is a blurb from Kirkus Reviews: “A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about the Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.” Unless the point of the sentence was a play on the word Brownian as in Brownian motion, the reviewer seems to consider Dan Brown to be the leader in the genre, though, as from what I can find out, both Berry and Brown published their first novels in 2006.. Having read all of Berry’s (12) and Brown’s (6) novels, I can state unequivocally that Berry is better. In fact, all of his novels have been well-written, interesting, and enjoyable. Of Brown’s books, only two, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, can be favorably compared to any of Berry’s novels.
Until I read The King’s Deception, I was not familiar with the theory that Elizabeth I was a man. I’m more inclined to believe Prince Tudor theory, which would make the the theory impossible unless Elizabeth died in childbirth in her early teens.
Though Inferno, Dan Brown‘s fourth Robert Langdon novel, is only a few pages longer than The Da Vinci Code and shorter than the other two (Angels & Demons 572 pages, The Da Vinci Code 454 pages, The Lost Symbol 510 pages , Inferno 480 pages), I think it could have been much shorter. Too much of the plot is based on misleading Langdon and the reader.
I have to repeat what I wrote after reading The Lost Symbol: “I think Dan Brown‘s best novel is Angels & Demons followed by The Da Vinci Code. . . .” I don’t remember enough about The Lost Symbol to rank it against Inferno.
In Inferno, Brown does include scientific as well as artistic information, though he didn’t include an author’s note about the research he did and what in the novel was true. I guess he’s trying to compete with Steve Berry and James Rollins, though I don’t think he can.
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I picked up a copy of Dan Brown‘s Inferno at the library yesterday and started reading it last night.
I’m already disappointed because Langdon has apparently split up with the woman he was involved with in the last novel. This character has real relationship problems.
I think Dan Brown‘s best novel is Angels & Demons followed by The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, in that order. His first two rank far behind the others. I don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read The Lost Symbol yet, but I was disappointed. I’m probably spoiled after recently reading so many novels by James Rollins and Steve Berry.
I wonder why it takes Brown so much longer to finish a novel than it does Rollins or Berry, when their plots are more complicated and require research on more subjects.
Back in June I wrote that I could “hardly wait” for Dan Brown‘s The Lost Symbol and Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory‘s The Phoenix Transformed to come out so I could read them. Both books were published last month. I broke down and bought a copy of The Lost Symbol at the grocery store last week, and a copy of The Phoenix Transformed is waiting for me at the library. I plan to pick it up tomorrow and read it first.
Apparently Dragongirl won’t be out until some time next year.
I can hardly wait for the following books to come out:
I’ve requested the first two from the library. I’m number 566 for The Lost Symbol but number 5 for The Phoenix Transformed.