- In a New York Times op-ed, "Dan Brown's America," Ross Douthat says,
It isn’t just that he [Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code", and "Angels and Demons"] knows how to keep the pages turning. That’s what it takes to sell a million novels. But if you want to sell a 100 million, you need to preach as well as entertain — to present a fiction that can be read as fact, and that promises to unlock the secrets of history, the universe and God along the way.
Brown is explicit about this mission. He isn’t a serious novelist, but he’s a deadly serious writer: His thrilling plots, he’s said, are there to make the books’ didacticism go down easy, so that readers