While the book is a page-turner, I found the plot hard to swallow. Furthermore, I noticed just how awkward of a writer Dan Brown seems to be. He uses many phrases that one would almost expect to find in pulp fiction. Characters are flat, and where they are developed, I was distracted by the writing style. The New Age elements of the book really turned me off, early on, but I pressed on because the book was a page turner. Unfortunately, with one exception (an unexpected plot twist toward the end), they payoff was disappointing.