Yet another me-too Da Vinci Code book, or at least of that genre. The only difference is that if we compare Sam Bourne (aka Jonathan Freedland, Guardian columnist and BBC Radio 4 contributor) it makes Dan Brown look as though he can actually write! [see The Da Vinci Code]
Can anyone really write this bad or is it a pastiche of a bad thriller writer, a piss-take of books of this genre?
The first half of the book, I'd hate to call it a novel, is very badly written - ninety percent waffle and padding, then made all the more annoying by the constant product placement. Towards the latter half of the book, if you make it that far, the subject matter is vaguely interesting, more resemblance to The Rule of Four (see BCID 5392935) than anything written by Dan Brown. Maybe in the hands of another writer, Dan Brown perhaps, it could have been turned into a reasonable thriller.
Lamad vav, thirty-six righteous men who hold up the world (from which the book derives its name), a religious cult, simple codes which our heroes crack, all very Dan Brown.
We are somehow expected to believe the truth of what is writ because it is cited in Wikipedia!!!
All the more depressing that such dross sells!
Why do these books sell? Is it The Da Vinci Code bandwagon or maybe more subtle, people looking for some meaning in their life? Or is the explanation much simpler, people just prefer trash?
Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, John Le Carré, to name but three, are far better writers of thrillers.
Survivors by Zion Ben Jonah [see BCID 5422454 and 5422495]
The Witch of Portobello by Paul Coelho [see BCID 5528715]
God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism by Rabbi David A Cooper
The Bible Code by Michael Drosnia