THE DE VINCI CODE
The one thing about the book is that it's easy to read. Mary Magdalene and related stuff make it meaty, and one likes to read about the new interpretations of some works of Leornado De Vinci, the great artist. Dan Brown's take on the church also seems courageous.
But the flip side is that it is a thriller at its core, and has no serious intention of enlightening the readers. As you read through the last pages(where the banal meets the juvenile), you feel it's another sensational crap that will vanish in, say, a couple of years.
I wonder if Dan Brown could have worked it out some other way.