I read a review on this book that called it the “thinking man’s DaVinci Code.” Very true. It also seems that the reader either loves the book or hates it. I thought it was great. The writing, the story line, everything about it made it hard to put down.
It is told in the first person by the character Causobon. He has hidden himself inside a Paris museum to wait for….well we’re not really sure what he’s waiting for until later in the story. In the meantime, he thinks back on the actions that brought him to his current predicament. It is a story about a three men who are fascinated with secret societies. They work at a vanity publishing firm that caters to those with non-mainstream ideas. The group decides to publish their own story that will answer the secrets that bind together the secret societies throughout history. At first, their endeavor is just for fun, but they begin having problems separating fact from fiction even while they are the ones writing the fiction.
Of course, when you claim to have the answers, those seeking the answers will want you to share your knowledge. Even if it kills you.