It is rare that I watch a movie before I read a book, but that was the case here. I found the movie online, and it was engrossing. I felt the book would be just as good, if not better. So picked it up quickly.
For a change, it was nice to read a thriller where the fate of the world as we know it wasn’t in the balance, or hanging on the actions of the protagonist. I started reading this book knowing very well that there would be historical “facts” and religious views in it, having heard of the novel long back.