I find myself only able to describe this book with cliches such as "pageturner" or "good summer read," because I'm afraid I just can't succumb to all the hype about this book. It was an enjoyable afternoon of reading when I wanted a light read, but it's certainly not a classic that I'll return to over and over again. The book was very predictable, and the characters were a bit of a disappointment. It was hard not to get annoyed with the two of them, because while they were supposedly experts in their fields, they didn't catch on to totaly obvious things. My friends and I were all at the mirror translating DaVinci's writing chapters before the Harvard expert could figure out why it looked familiar, and the reknown cryptographer couldn't even realize that the needed Swiss account information was scrawlled on the floor in the first big scene. I'm glad that the book has so many people reading, but I hope those folks will look beyond the "best seller" list for a better crafted book next time.