Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
Foreseeable, mainstream and a bit cheap - nevertheless a turn-the pager
am 13. Januar 2007
I did read the book within a few days as it is well worded, well plotted and makes you want to read on.
While I liked Dan Brown` s Da Vinci code (not his other books) better, the books can be compared to each other and should entertain and attract a similar audience.
What made me think is what I would call a certain foreseeability and mainstream-"cheapness" of the plot:
- be careful - some spoiling might follow -
while I am not offended as a Catholic nor as a politically Conservative, I am still waiting for a modern novel where traditionalists are not villains but the heroes, where members of the higher clergy are not superevil but perhaps really supergood, where "modernists" who publicly support open homosexuality, favor women as priests and oppose celibacy are really the ones with sinistre motives threatening the world as we know it - just for a change, for all of today` s movies, novels, plays, but also all the nonfictional writings like Berry` s Third Secret heavily tend to work otherwise.
The plot COULD have been constructed so that the third secret of Fatima was about the church having been right in its 2000 years, about God wanting a certain hierarchy in the world with each of us at his place and with his own duty, about some things being right and others wrong as we long thought the Bible told us, about a strong pope crowned with the papal tiara as a symbol wielding the power of millions of true believers worldwide being exactly what God wants - and all such stuff. That would have been at least equally thrilling and a REAL suprise to us readers.
Do you get my meaning? Environmentalists, Modernists, Leftists, Homosexuals, Emancipationists and so on being just GOOD is not so very original a notion in today` s fictional and non-fictional art. Surprise me next time, Mr. Berry?