Even it it was the greatest book ever written, the amount of hype it generated set people who came to it after a certain point up for disappointment. No doubt the same thing happened with Harry Potter and various other runaway hits. I try to judge each book I read as if its a new discovery I and I alone have made, to judge it not on its sales history or buzz about the movie adaption, but simply on its own merit. With that said, I have to say that I found The DaVinci Code to be a highly enjoyable read, the very definition of a page turner. Dan Brown held his own with other highly addictive authors such as Michael Crichton and John Grisham to name a couple. I'm a sucker for conspiracy theories and for holy grail stories. If you are as well, and if you judge this book strictly by its ability to keep you absorbed and entertained, I don't see how you can fail to enjoy it. That doesn't make it War and Peace, but then again, to date I've yet to make it through W&P.