Well, I’d read the DaVinci Code (a page-turner if not that well written) and Angels and Demons (far better than the more celebrated DaVinci Code if you ask me) by Dan Brown and quite enjoyed them (though I’m not saying they’re great works of literature), so decided to give Deception Point a go.
Oh dear. It’s really not very good at all. I think it’s one of his early ones. It’s very clunky. He tells the story in fairly boring prose, and then every now and then there’s a paragraph of technical information that simply screams: ‘Look I did some research on Google and here’s a summary of it.’ The main problem, though, is that there’s no secret organisation in this storyline about which it’s fun to speculate in real life. It makes the book a bit two-dimensional really. It ends up as just one of your common or garden thrillers about the American presidency – except that the likes of Robert Ludlum and Frederick Forsythe do it far, far better.
So, I’m giving Deception Point a fairly woeful 4 out of 10. I’ll probably give Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol a go too, however, since I just picked it up from a charity shop for two quid.