Silly boy, of course I read it, almost a year ago. Also, since I generally give an author at least two chances, I also read The Digital Fortress. Both were utter garbage. Contrived plots, paper-thin characters, wooden dialog, and a writing style for which any middle school student would get a D- in creative writing.
If you want to read an actual novel by an actual author on the same subject, read Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. Brown is a hack and whoever is encouraging him to publish should be ashamed of themselves.