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

Dan Brown
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,283 customer reviews)

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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.



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Amazon.com 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: 2373 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: #5,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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396 of 458 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
Format:Hardcover
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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364 of 425 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY!!! No More Read & Internet Search for Pictures November 23, 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK story, confusing philosophy July 16, 2005
Format:Hardcover
(...)I know many are offended by the knocks against Christianity, but I don't know if anyone's pointed out that the book is asking us to believe contradictory things. Maybe there was a Goddess religion that Judeo-Christianity forcibly stamped out, maybe Mary Magdalene married Jesus and bore his child, and maybe their descendants today are protected by a secret organization that could destroy the Church by revealing the truth. But how could these all be true at the same time? If Jesus was just an ordinary mortal, then there's nothing special either about his "bloodline" or about a woman whose fame comes from her association with him. So why would a pro-Goddess group venerate Mary Magdalene any more than of any other first-century woman? And if Mary M's relationship to Jesus is part of this group's proof that Christianity is false, how will revealing that Christianity is false increase people's reverence for Mary M? She'd go down with the ship, wouldn't she? This secret "Priory of Sion" has had 2,000 years to think about it, has been led by some of history's greatest minds, and they haven't figured this out?

Also, how is the Priory's picture of Jesus an improvement over the one that the traditional Church has allegedly foisted on us? Which is more inspiring -- the humble preacher who cared for the poor, said "the last shall be first" and promised the meek they'd inherit the earth, or someone whose "royal blood" helped carry forward an ancient dynasty? How is Jesus the Aristocrat better than Jesus the Peasant? If the Priory goes up against the Church on that one, the Church is going to win easily. For all its faults, organized Christianity did help spread the idea that a person's value has nothing to with the family, class, nation or race he or she was born into.
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169 of 209 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Stirring Things Up... November 14, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is an interesting book for a number of reasons. It is entertaining yet essentially light reading. It is also filled with tantalizing bits of information about the history of Christianity and a miriad of other related topics including paganism, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar, art history, and the Holy Grail.

The most fascinating aspect of this novel is the overwhelming public interest and controversy surrounding many of the assertions Brown makes in this book. It may be safe to assume that most people have little or no previous exposure to these topics and it certainly has generated extreme controversy in Christian circles. There are no less than 20 books in print that attempt to support or refute the information found in "The Da Vinci Code". I have never seen such polarization over a work of fiction before. That said, this illustrated edition is just the kind of thing to not only make the reading experience more enjoyable and interesting, but to continue to stir things up by providing visual references for the works of art, architecture, and religious symbology discussed in the text. Here it is pretty hard to dispute some of the things Brown talks about when it is staring at you in living color. This would seem to give the book's many detractors more work to do also.

"The Da Vinci Code" is not great literature by any means, but it is entertaining nonetheless. I would recommend it especially for the simple fact that it presents ideas that make people think. This was obviously not the original intent of this work of fiction, but has turned out to be one of its strongest selling points.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Dan Brown's novels are all very good reads.
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The fact is a good time with the best of the day before I get a follow back on my way
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Heard this was a very good book but I was very disappointed! It was boring for me and a struggle to finish.
Published 3 days ago by sanvanjo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
amazing book. very good write up by robert langdon...
Published 5 days ago by Dhaval Soni
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun for conspiracy theorists
Enjoyable journey into conspiracy and mayhem and should not be taken seriously as many people do! I think this was Brown's best thriller and he wont top it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Aniela Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page-turner!
I really enjoyed this novel. Dan Brown has a style of writing that grips you from the beginning and takes you on a vivid journey until the end. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Greg Hanks
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, but not to be taken as non-fiction!
This is a really enjoyable book. It is a page-turner, with an imaginative plot and an addictive quality that makes you just want to keep reading and not stop until you have... Read more
Published 7 days ago by athenany
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun read, but there's nothing particularly deep or great ...
It's a fun read, but there's nothing particularly deep or great about it. It annoyed me when it began touting certain things as facts that I know are not facts. Read more
Published 7 days ago by bradblackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I highly recommend this book! It's a great thriller
Published 10 days ago by Brittany
4.0 out of 5 stars reads like indiana jones
a page turner that transports you into something like an indiana jones story. I wish historical facts were identified and separated from the fiction.
Published 11 days ago by reading geek
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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:

http://www.historyversusthedavincicode.com/index.html.
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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