I had such high hopes for this book. It had loads of potential which was why I was overly disappointed after reading the first 200 something pages of t...moreI had such high hopes for this book. It had loads of potential which was why I was overly disappointed after reading the first 200 something pages of this book. I was actually surprised I even reached 200 pages. Reading this felt like watching one of those Filipino soap operas that drags on and on with the same stuff.
The reason I picked up this book was because of the mystery revolving this certain book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Did I get that correctly? I think I did. Anyways, thought it would somehow give me the same feel I had when I read Dan Brown’s books. I was for the first few pages really ecstatic because the synopsis was really promising. After I was done reading the first 100 pages that was when I started to get disappointed. It was getting too slow and too boring for me. The characters were fine; I liked them being all close and all but where was the mystery? Where was the thrill? I thought that probably all the talk and flashbacks were just preparations for what was yet to come but I was wrong. I was already past 200 pages and I still didn’t get what I was looking for and that was when I decided to put this book down. I had enough.
When a friend asked me how the book was I told him it was pretty much okay because I was in the first 100 pages then. I even told him I was wondering why this book had a low rating. I don’t know if it would be the same for everybody who read the book but the real reason why I didn’t enjoy this book was because of the pace of the story and the unnecessary flashbacks about how the friendship of the characters evolved and all that crap. At least that was what I thought. There were a lot of story telling about how the characters became friends and such but it didn’t really give much emphasis on the real main concept of the book.
I mean the story was about the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili right?
Or is it just me who thought that?
This book has 500 plus pages which I think should have just been around 300 plus if it just focused on the main story. I would have enjoyed it more. I have no issues with a slow paced story if it fitted the whole concept of the book but this is supposed to be a mystery/thriller right? It’s not supposed to be slow. It is supposed to make you want to know what happens next and savor the action and thrill that comes out from its pages.
I would have to give this book a three. This review is just based on the first 200 something pages I’ve read. I did not have the interest to read it any more. I may or may not reread it again in the future, I’m not sure. (less)
I got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved aroun...moreI got this book during the Filipino group’s Xmas Party! :D This book kind of reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. The story also revolved around the Vatican, the Popes but this time it also involved a secret.
The Third Secret was about three secrets that the Virgin Mary entrusted to three peasant children. This secret had been kept hidden by the Vatican. It was released in 2000, but was it really? Did they really release the third secret that the Virgin Mary imparted to the three children? No they didn’t. What was so important about that secret? Why was Pope Clement XV so worried? Because this secret, if revealed to the public could change the Catholic world.
I highly recommend this book. But if you are sensitive to the topic of religion in books then I don’t recommend it. It was full of suspense. The book was well researched. Most of the facts here are very accurate. Full of details. If I’d not known this was fiction I would have believed what I read. (less)