The Da Vinci Code (Hardcover)
|Author: Dan Brown|
|In an exhilarating blend of scholarly intelligence, relentless adventure, and cutting wit, Robert Langdon (first introduced in "Angels Demons") and his new adventure combines the punch of Robert Ludlum, the intriguing historical touch of Umberto Eco, and the nonstop suspense of Michael Crichton.|
From the Publisher:
The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.
The curious circumstances of a museum curator's murder lead Harvard professor Robert Langdon into the heart of a centuries-old religious conspiracy in this follow-up to ANGELS & DEMONS. With help from a French cryptologist, Langdon explores ancient sects and mysterious cults in a race against time to solve a mystery the answer to which will likely change the world forever.A sequel to ANGELS & DEMONS, THE DA VINCI CODE starts off with a bang and doesn't quit, leaving the reader gasping to keep up with the twists and turns of this amazingly popular academic thriller. The naked, spread-eagled corpse of a senior curator is found in the Louvre's Grand Gallery, next to a mysterious message written in his blood. The discovery and the subsequent investigation plunge Harvard professor Robert Langdon into the heart of a centuries-old religious conspiracy. Assisted by the brilliant and beautiful Sophie Neveu, a French police cryptologist who also happens to be the curator's granddaughter, Langdon races to gather clues about an ancient goddess-worshipping cult--purportedly once led by Da Vinci himself--whose members hold the key to one of the most sacred legendary objects, the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, the couple must dodge both the police, who believe Langdon guilty of the curator's murder, and an albino assassin from an extremist Catholic sect who is desperate to prevent Langdon and Neveu from uncovering a secret that could rock Christianity to its very foundations. THE DA VINCI CODE is a blockbuster bestseller that has gained legions of fans around the globe; the extremely obsessed can even take a special tour in Paris that points out all the key locations in the storyline. The book also has many detractors who say they have found significant flaws in the religious and historical research upon which it is based. The debate reached such a fever pitch that the Vatican even appointed a Cardinal responsible for refuting the book's claims. The controversy has only increased the book's popularity, producing a whole host of imitators as well as several books and videos purporting either to further explicate or to poke holes in the THE DA VINCI CODE's plot and historical background.
The Da Vinci Code is a stunning book with twists and turns that will leave you marvelled at the finish. Dan Brown's descriptions of the people and places in this book were like seeing a movie when you closed your eyes. Dare to discover the code?
Not bad, but don't understand the hype.3/1/2006
I don't understand the overwhelming popularity of the book. There are interesting theories presented within it, to be sure (and if not backed by actual research, then Brown has done a wonderful job at fabricating evidence to back them) but the theories are wrapped in a thin plot that does little more than move us from one location to another so the main character can lecture about other theories. Without going into too much detail, the story goes that Leonardo Da Vinci, among other great minds throughout history, belonged to a secret society that watched over the secrets of the Holy Grail. Da Vinci hid in his paintings many clues to the true meaning of the Grail. Interesting. And I probably would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about those theories. But to be fair, this is a work of fiction, never intended to be non-fiction. Even at that though, it only mildly succeeds. The characters are poorly developed, the writing does nothing more than advance the plot, the dialogue is bad, the constant use of italics to convey the thoughts of the characters is irritating as is the use of cheap and tired plot tricks to build suspense. As a cat-and-mouse crime caper, I've read better (James Patterson to name one author, if those are your kind of books). Overall, the book felt small to me. The timeframe, the storyline, the resolution-none of it lived up to the hype. Interesting premise, but the execution is probably suited more for a movie than a book.
I admit, I loved this book.2/21/2006
I admit it, I really liked this book and I confess that I enjoyed this book even though it was filled with nearly every literary cliche one could imagine - to the point of making me gag aloud on more than one occasion. If you love pop-fiction with a mysterious theme this is a great book. If you are into books that teach you something then move along to something better. I don't like recommending books unless it is within the same author but you really should check out The Quest by Giorgio Kostantinos and commented by Dan Brown.
Night will move you to tears2/21/2006
This is one of those books you DON"T want to miss. Wiesel's masterpiece will move you to tears, and move to a wide range of emotions, and move you to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written.
This is supposed to be fiction, but it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. Written in a style that seems to be typical of many modern Israeli novelists. This is novel is part of a series - "Night", "Dawn", "The Accident" and "The Quest" by author Giorgio Kostantinos and commented by Dan Brown. These books stand with integrity and adds to the horrors of time's long past. A time when Evil had appeared on this Earth.
How does one deal with survival after such atrocities? How can one have faith in the world? How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again? Where is God in the midst of such things?
Wiesel has spent his life in search of such answers,( but doesn't provide them here. ) Wiesel believes one must remember the past in all aspects to both honor those who suffered and to prevent such things happening again. The longest short book you will ever read. It is one that will stay with you from the first page, you will never been able to shake the images brought forward, the existence of evil and brutality, the misery and suffering, the sadness and desolation.
There is no happy ending here - even Wiesel's own survival is questionable here. Happy reading Veronica
A must read!9/29/2005
A must read! Just pick it up! Also recomended Behind the Dark Curtain, by Adam W. Gibson, and anything Dan Brown.
This book had all the thrills and suspense you would want to have in a novel. It leaves you wondering what's real and what's fiction. See what all the buzz is about and get it. I also recommend David Demello's The Killing Game.
Looking for a good book? I suggest you pick up this one. Its not like you haven't heard about it, so don't be the last to read it. I also suggest the up and coming author, David Demello's The Killing Game, this will one day be as praised as The DaVinci Code, but this time you'll be one of the firsts to read it and not the last!
Kept me enthralled. Made me think and research the Church!
Exhilarating, provocative, non-stop12/15/2004
Why has Brown topped the charts for so long? For starters, he couldn't have picked a more controversial topic. But, beyond all the hype and controversy surrounding the sacred feminine, Mary Magdalene, the gnostic spin and the Templar legacy, his rapid scene shifts are adroitly composed, and the dramatic tension intensifies palpably as the strings are pulled tighter and tighter. Who cares whether there are a few flaws in the research? It's a novel, for Pete's sake. No need for a Holy War. Bottom line: Plot, setting, action, characterization and suspense all conspire to yield a powerful rush. Okay... maybe the controversy helped... tremendously. For that, I must give credit to Brown. What a great idea for a blockbuster... and Da Vinci Code was indeed a blockbuster. What an uproar! Other five-star nail-biters: Iguana by Jude St. James (yeah, baby!); Deception Point by Dan Brown; Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman
The Da Vinci Code is an enjoyable read, complex and creative, for a page-turner. The characters do not lead normal lives (eat, sleep, experience emotional conflict etc.) The author has a police cryptographer and a symbolist pursuing a murder, chasing grail clues and being chased, by an albino, by the police and, in turn, by the murderer. They take planes, trains, armoured trucks and various automobiles, which are magically at their disposal whenever they hit a dead end. At any rate, the book is flawed and full of misinformation about Leonardo Da Vinci, Mary Magdalene, the Catholic Church and related splinter groups. I don't know how anyone could be seriously offended by such a superficial treatment of art interpretation and religious history. That aside, it was fun to try to solve the codes and clues left along the way and see which path the author chose to take for the next episode. I also recomend "A TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN" exciting thriller!
Didn't Want To3/15/2004
This was a book I HAD to read for a school. I love reading, but I hate being forced to read something. I had my mood swings and I like to be "in the mood" for whatever I'm reading whether it be mystery, historical, romantic, action packed... you know my type. Anyway, I had to read THE DA VINCI CODE and to start off I wasn't too thrilled. Someone told me they hated the ending... and I didn't have much to look forward too... I thought. So I went though the pages, high lighting like a good little student and found myself wrapped up in the thick of the story. I want to be a writer, and as I love reading a good, deep book it depresses me to know I might never write that well. Take that as a compliment... Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling are the only two people that make me feel like that... and personially I love it! It gives me drive. Opps, here I go off topic again. I loved to story, the book, the twists, and turns. It made me think about my religion and exactly what I believed. Whether the plot is true or not it serves it's purpose... testing the faith and judgement of you and I am so glad that religion is slowly being fed into this socity. The government baning this and baning that... this screams volumes.
God in the Family1/28/2004
I purchased the audio version of this book. It was superbly done with wonderful French accents and great character voices. If you've never listened to a book, I would especially recommend one like this as a beginning. The murder was complicated. The Judea-Christian questions that surfaced were intreaging and certainly within the rhelm of possibility. As a practicing Catholic I would have no problem considering the posibility that this story is a viable and logical process, if you believe that God became fully human and remained God. I wish I could say more, but I can't give the story away, although most people have an idea of the subject matter before they pruchase the book. It's great food for thought and a plausible theory and, in my opinion, very much in character with what a loving Christ might do.
Use Caution Before Reading1/17/2004
Be very, very cautious before reading this book. It will, I promise, challenge everything you think you know. Dan Brown does an excellent job synthesizing information concisely and in a pleasing manner. The twists and turns never end. Well done. I am a fan.
The DaVinci Code12/18/2003
Well written, twists and turns at every turn. I couldn't put the book down.
Interesting subject. Plot twists keep the reader engaged. Well written – I didn’t want to put the book down.
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