I’ll leave more detailed reviews for others, but here is something I found particularly stupid, at page 31. Protagonist Robert Langdon is lecturing to one of his freshman “intro” Harvard classes:
…”In this age when different cultures are killing each other over whose definition of God is better, one could say the Masonic tradition of tolerance and open-mindedness is commendable.” Landon paced the stage. “Moreover, Masonry is open to men of all races, colors and creeds and provides a spiritual fraternity that does not discriminate in any way.”
“Doesn’t discriminate?” A member of the university’s Women’s Center stood up. “How many women are permitted to be Masons, Professor Langdon?”
And how did Professor Langdon know that the student was “a member of the University’s Women’s Center”? Was she wearing a designatory tee shirt or badge? Or was she simply inadequately feminine looking? Did she not have any other identifying characteristics? Or is it simply that in Dan Brown’s world any student who points out that the Masons do not allow women into their membership must by definition be “a member of the university’s Women’s Center” because a normal woman student would never pose such a rude and belligerent question?