I've always had a few issues with Dan Brown. However, Mr. Higgins loves his fast-paced novels and appreciation for history. And that's one thing I can concede: Brown writes good, suspenseful fiction.
After Mr. Higgins re-read Angels and Demons, he really wanted me to read it, so I did. Grudgingly.
My Goodreads review:
After having seen the movie, I had my doubts about Dan Brown's first novel featuring Robert Langdon. But the book brought a nice surprise: it made so much more sense than the movie! There were plot twists and turns that the movie ignored. Those twists and turns brought a welcome depth to the story.
Dan Brown has a gift for making ancient and medieval topics available to the public. My only complaint is his "history" - at times not at all accurate and sometimes heavily reliant upon myth, not fact. But he writes engrossing novels, and Angels and Demons held up nicely to the DaVinci Code.