8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 4, 2011 9:17 AM by SHissong

    Dan Brown recomendations?

      I'm looking to dive into a Dan Brown novel other than the obvious 2 Hollywood blockbusters.

       

      Suggestions?  I've read mixed reviews on all of his books.

       

       

       

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          I really enjoyed Digital Fortress.  I've read all his books though and enjoyed them all.  There is also a third book that follows the two that were made into movies.  I forget the name of it though.  That was a good one too.

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              mrskatylady wrote:

              I really enjoyed Digital Fortress.  I've read all his books though and enjoyed them all.  There is also a third book that follows the two that were made into movies.  I forget the name of it though.  That was a good one too.


              That would be The Lost Symbol. A good book, but not as good as the other two. Like you, I liked all of his books, though The Davinci Code is easily the best.

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              Patrick

              I personally prefer The Lost Symbol, it has a much better plot.. Maybe it's because of my own personal beliefs, but this one is much more credible than the "blockbuster" ones.

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                Hi Patrick,

                Just wondering why your tagline reads "Author of Mystery/Thriller THE DEVICE $.99"

                but when you click on the link the nookbook price is $2.99?

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                  i found Da Vinci code and digital fortress to be the best ones... net comes angels and demons...the lost symbol was weak compared to da vinci code, though it involved symbols and hidden meanings...and though deception point had a different storyline, i dint like it much..there are other thrillers (not of dan brown) that are better....

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                    I'm totally opposite in my readings of Dan Brown.  I throughly enjoyed Digital Fortress and LOVED Deception Point, and but I never could get into Da Vinci Code (I tried twice), so didn't read its sequel. Angels and Demons seemed more on the same line as Da Vinci Code so I never picked up that book either. 

                     

                    I would encourage Dan Brown followers to review the 2 preferred books above. 

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                      I've read all 5 Dan Brown Books and I'd say the 2 historic thrillers are the ones to go for; "The DaVinci Code" is by far the best, followed by "Angels and Demons". But they are all pretty much identical in general plot, structure and main characters (Heroic male with obscure skill teams up with beautiful female with relevant skill to solve mystery). It becomes a little wearisome the more books you read, but I don’t think any one book is better or worse than the other (with one caveat below!).

                       

                      The remaining three are either techno-thrillers, or in the case of "the Lost Symbol" a 50/50 blend between history and technology. Dan Brown is well known for (despite what he claims in his prologs) his appallingly bad research. It’s one thing to get a date wrong, change the geography of a location to fit the action or to fill in gaps in the historical record with fiction. It’s another to just not quite grasp some basic scientific laws and facts. True, most people may not notice such things and can enjoy the books for what they are- fun escapism.

                       

                      I suspect I enjoyed "The DaVinci Code" in large part because of my ignorance of the subject in the book. “Angels and Demons” I liked less because of the inclusion of the bad science at the start. “The Lost Symbol” had pseudo-science driving the plot, masquerading as cutting-edge research AND such a let-down ending. THAT was the lost symbol, really?

                       

                      “Digital Fortress” and’ Deception Point” are pure techno-thrillers and require the most suspension of disbelief. Brown tries to bend the facts as he does with his historical novels, even actually having the cast of characters argue over the meaning of a riddle for about 10 pages before solving it with a simple (but completely wrong) fact.

                       

                      But if you just want a fun read, and you’ve liked one of his books before, you should be happy with the others except for “The Lost Symbol” which is just awful.

                       

                      If you want a REALLY bad book (so bad it’s actually very amusing), you can’t get much worse than Clive Cussler’s “Atlantis Found”.