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The Da Vinci Code: A Novel (Robert Langdon) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Brown
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Book Description

Featuring an excerpt from Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, on sale now.

#1 Worldwide Bestseller—More Than 81 Million Copies Sold

As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece—from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.

Editorial Reviews Review

With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself. Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh

From Publishers Weekly

Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons)is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups-the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year-old secret society whose members have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4680 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400079179
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (March 18, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA675C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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404 of 468 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Read It, DON'T Base Your Life On It! October 18, 2003
By Janet
An excellent read, but it's truly SAD to think that some readers assume that Dan Brown's contrived history is factual and would even base their spiritual beliefs on a book of fiction. Just read some of the other reviews to see what I'm talking about. It reminds of the guy who watched too many episodes of Highlander and decided he was an immortal! (I'm not making this up.)
One reader compared Da Vinci Code to James BeauSeigneur's Christ Clone Trilogy and suggested that like BeauSeigneur, Brown should footnote all the factual material. While BeauSeigneur and Brown have a similar style and both deal with controversial religious topics, BeauSeigneur can footnote the facts in his fiction BECAUSE THEY ARE FACTS. Brown's "facts" cannot be footnoted because they are a fictitious as the rest of the book.
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369 of 433 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY!!! No More Read & Internet Search for Pictures November 23, 2004
I've never been in Paris. I wasn't a DaVinci's fan and didn't know much about his works & paintings except Mona Lisa. When I picked up Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code to read, I did have a hard time to follow the Da Vinci's works and some sightseeings in Paris described in the book. Thus, I had my computer connected to Internet besides me to dig out different paintings and photos of what the book mentioned like Louvre, Pentacle, The Last Supper, Opus Dei Headquarters, etc. Luckily, The Da Vinci Code Special Illustrated Edition is just out.

I couldn't wait and purchased immediately regardless I have the regular hardcover edition of Da Vinci Code, which I plan to give it to one of my friends. This Special Illustrated Edition is not a cartoon or comic edition of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, nor it is an abridged version. It's a full original version embedded with over 126 colorful pictures & photos besides the text. It saves you lots of time & effort to search from Internet if you don't know how Château de Villette looks like, the overview map of the Louvre, and many other scenes, buildings, paintings mentioned in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Overall, it's LOVELY!

Undoubtfully Dan Brown has done amazing jobs to his book "The Da Vinci Code". The story is powerful and magnificent. Mixing with a lot of traceable truth and facts, he made his novel sound extremely convincing and inevitably deluded you from what's real and what's fictional. However, please don't take it too serious, it's just a novel, not a research paper trying to make a breakthrough statement. Overall, the book has quite a lot of twists shocking you. Even the ending has double meanings.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pseudohistory and pseudofeminism September 17, 2003
After giving in to the hype and reading this book, I frankly don't understand what all the fuss was about. The allegations about the Catholic Church aren't shocking to anyone who's read _Holy Blood, Holy Grail_, or the better follow-up _The Woman with the Alabaster Jar_; what *is* shocking is that Brown presents this interesting if flawed speculative history as if it were verified fact. There's enough actual evidence of the Church's ugly political machinations and lethal intolerance and misogyny to power any number of thrillers without having to resort to invention, but I digress. Brown seeds the story with just enough facts that the half-truths, misleading statements, and pure fictions go down in the same gulp, and while that's certainly no crime -- this is a suspense novel, after all -- he then tries to endow it all with the odor of historical sanctity, but there's another aroma overpowering.
As for the story itself... eh. It clipped along at a decent pace, but again, knowing the conspiracy theory in advance rendered the plot utterly predictable. Then there's Brown's gifts as a prose stylist, which are, to be charitable, crushingly mediocre. But by far the most irritating aspect of the book, for me, was Brown's treatment of Sophie. After a promising entrance (springing Langdon from a trap in the Louvre), she becomes no more than a listening post and token love interest. The scenes where she sits around, silent, while a bunch of *men* lecture her about The Suppression of the Divine Feminine were unintentionally hilarious. In fact, were there any other women in this novel? Liberate the Mother, indeed.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I admit it, I read this book because of the hype. I expected a deep book, with careful research.
What I got was a book of tin-foil hat conspiracies, weakly intertwined and excruciatingly thin characters. The characters only exist to move along his poorly executed plot.
Dan Brown is a bad writer. Worse, he's a lazy researcher. I have no idea why this book is a best-seller.
It's impossible to care about any of the characters. The plot is full of holes and improbabilities. He makes amazing omissions. He goes on through the entire book about how the church wanted to minimize women by limiting the role of Mary Magdeline, but avoids ever talking about Mother Mary.
It has an utterly predictable hollywood ending.
The most laughable thing about this BADLY written book it that people are now going around quoting its psuedo-history and made up theology as facts.
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It's really funny for me that people tend to romanticize this book so much and end up saying that it's a work of an anti-Christ or even an anti-Christ book over all. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars The plot was terribly convoluted and had several moving parts which...
Had a hard time getting into it. The plot was terribly convoluted and had several moving parts which were not entirely necessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Not the ending I would have predicted
Fantastic. Not the ending I would have predicted.. Full of suspense. Story moved along nicely as it forced the reader to visualize the scene as to what was happening. Read more
Published 11 days ago by mike benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars but I enjoyed them both just as much
I read this before Angels and Demons unfortunately, but I enjoyed them both just as much, thankfully it was prior to the movies being release, so the movies didn't ruin the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Zelle Rosales
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun caper that's fun to read
Pardon my conceit as I add my review to the numerous others of "The Da Vinci Code." I read this book some years ago, but never got around to formalizing a review, so am... Read more
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Historical inaccuracies
I found a beautiful site to look at Leonardo's paintings and compare them to the "Code" Dan Brown claims they contain, in The Da Vinci Code. His book is so full of other historical and factual errors that are more laborious to explain, I think it is quickest and easiest to compare his... Read More
Feb 24, 2006 by P. Forrester |  See all 16 posts
'History vs The Da Vinci Code' Website Launched
It looks like the site is up again under a new URL:
Apr 8, 2009 by Joseph |  See all 4 posts
The Priory of Sion
It's nice to see that someone can do some research for themselves on questionable material from this book. I'm getting tired of people who assume it is all true just because someone put it in a book and said it was. My favorite quote I have heard so far is, "They wouldn't publish it if it... Read More
Aug 17, 2006 by Adrienne N. Williams |  See all 10 posts
The Truth about the Grail
>By the way, do you know for a fact they were not married ?

It's impossible to prove a negative. Of course we don't know whether they were married, but all the texts that mention him do not mention his having a wife or children. The Gospels would have stated he was married as it was not... Read More
Aug 6, 2008 by Ned K. Wynn |  See all 6 posts
Why all the controversy?
The controversy is due to the book presenting "facts" about Christianity that are entirely made up. It proposes ideas that alter the true nature and person of Jesus Christ. People who are seeking the truth about the Son of God may take these false ideas about Him and develop incorrect... Read More
Mar 29, 2006 by C. Kelleher |  See all 8 posts
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