I just finished reading the Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code. This man seems to have quite a knack for spinning yarns of the fourth kind. So far, I have read three of his novels, Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress and the afore mentioned. The one thing the man is good at is being persuasive. His writings are like the voice of Saruman.
His first book of the 'genre' he is following at present was the Digital Fortress. He then went on to write other Deception Point, Angels and Demons, and all the other brain busting nonsense he could come up with. One thing that has to be said is that he learns well from past experiences. The Digital Fortress dealt with a lot of physical and currently happening things, thereby leading to a lot of controversies, by which Spain even invited him to a free tour of their country to prove to him how good the health-care, transport and telephone systems were. In this book, the actual locations and descriptions of many buildings and monuments were contested and proven to be wrong.
Our Danny fellow seems to have realized his mistakes since then. He has decided to write stuff that no one would actually bother to verify because they are too tough to verify!!! In those rare places he does provide actual references to real objects or people he now does his homework more thoroughly.
The first book that I read was the Angels and Demons. Here, I thought I had an inclination of the subject but was unwilling to jump to conclusions having not read him before. Then I read Digital Fortress and was able to quite identify the plot and the ending. A person with a higher IQ and General Knowledge would have done far better! The Da Vinci Code was written when he was at the peak of his form and I was not able to identify the exact course of the plot, but was saying "Hmmm, must have guessed that earlier..." because that's how any Dan Brown book goes about.
What happens in a Dan Brown Novel :
1. The Hero wakes up to a ringing phone in the wee ours of the morning only to be intimated of a gruesome murder.
2. Our Hero goes to the spot immediately and is given the arduous task of identifying the killer(s).
3. Suspicion may or may not fall on our Hero. However, he takes to his heels, picking up a girlfriend along the way.
4. He is followed close behind by "authorities" whoever they maybe, whom he regularly looses and regains.
5. The story is punctuated with a needless chase by an anonymous or irrelevant character whom we could have done without.
6. The Hero's boss or superior or friend who directs him in escaping turns out to be a traitor.
7. That the helper is a traitor is revealed to our Hero by a mistake kindergarteners would not have done.
8. Our Hero crosses international borders as if they were the doorsteps to the local public toilet.
9. Our Hero solves ancient mysteries within minutes by just glancing at clues.
10. The storyline makes use of non-existent scientific theories and principles to great effect.
11. Our Hero correctly identifies that great personalities of the past belonged to secret societies with pointless rituals.
12. Our Hero solves the mystery and "saves the world" in the nick of the moment.
13. Barely twenty-four hours after the adventure begins, our Hero and his new found girlfriend are turning in for the night.
14. The back cover of the book consists of a secret code that when deciphered, reveals the titles of the books yet to be released by the author that would further refer to future books, all having the same storyline.
15. While all other authors put out a disclaimer at the front accepting responsibility for any factual errors, our Hero (Here I mean Dan Brown) says "The Priori of sion really exsists, and has had many prominent members including Galileo, Michealangelo, Jesus Christ, Napoleon, Alexander, Mata Hari, Mussolini, Gandhi, Nehru, and Laloo Prasad Yadav...." Future books may come out with claims that a so-and-so secret society had a member from a planet called Krypton and go on to claim that there really was a Superman who still lives in an obscure town called Manhattan working for a village TV Station called CNN.
Well thats all isn't it? When The Solomon Key comes out, just take the basic concept involved and juxtapose it with the above outlined "protocol" and Presto! You have the story!