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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Deception Point (Taschenbuch)
Dan Brown's novels are pageturners, that's true. But after you've read one or two of his novels, his plots become woefully predictable. In his books, only a very small handful of characters (usually 4) are developed enough to contribute significantly to the story. Therefore, there is only a very limited number of characters which can turn out to be the traitor/baddie - since it can't be one of the (loving) couple, and it isn't the most likely suspect, it has to be (the less likely) character number 4 instead. Surprise surprise!
Dan Brown's strength is a fast-moving plot - everything takes place within a short period of time, and he relies on the most unlikely coincidences very very strongly, sometimes implausibly (most noteably in "Deception Point"). His stories, however, are interesting and intriguing in themselves, be it the unraveling of the myth of the Holy Grail or the history of the Illuminati, and he makes them the heart of his novel. Which is wise of him to do, because his writing skills on their own are not all that great - e.g. in "Angels and Demons": How could any author worth his salt possibly spoil a crucial and tense point in his narrative by forwarning us at the beginning of the novel that a parachute-like device will before long save the life of the protagonist??
Dan Brown needs speed in his plots to cover the gaps in his writing skills. His books are a good read, but definitely leave no lasting impression.