Hmm... I'm inclined to think that most people's vitriol here is fueled by the book's hype (and thus its chart-topping status). If it was just A.N.Other pulp airport pageturner (a la John Grisham, Tom Clancy etc. etc.), and let's face it - it is, then I think people here would either ignore it or accept it for what it is.
Having said that, my problem is that by chance I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail shortly before DVC, and I'm virtually on the point of believing that this was Brown's one reference source! So once I took out all the stuff I'd learned about grail legend by reading HBHG, I was l