The other critics were not so effusive-
Ian Rankin says "he's a Mars bar that's been left in the fryer entirely too long, if you know what I mean."
Dan Brown says "In one regard, I'm sorry that I've spent any time at all around Cormac. You'd think with that last name, he would be a somewhat regular fellow, right? On the other hand, yes, I did base Silas on him. Obviously he's not an albino, but his tendency to flagellate himself...well, I've said enough."