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The Da Vinci Code Paperback – March 31, 2009
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Finally, as I was reading this book I found myself thinking this was not a novel but a movie script in progress.
When I was younger (and hadn't tried to write much myself) I didn't like him. After trying my hand at it, I think I've changed my mind.
He does use some cheap tricks - for example - an albino evildoer. But I use my own cheap tricks, so that's that.
The professor protagonist is also a bit gimmicky, though it clearly does serve its purpose of getting the reader up to speed on focused knowledge that might be difficult to convey otherwise.
Brown has done his research and it shows. That's one of the things that makes the book a rewarding read even where its execution doesn't sit 100% with me.
I do wonder if you couldn't distill the knowledge here and in the Lost Symbol and have a more complex story - where the characters interpret the "clues" less literally. Sometimes (okay - often) the literalness and the lack of ambiguity in the characters interpretation of the clues/adventure they've set out on makes me feel like it is a Scooby-Doo episode.
Also - both the Da Vinci Code & The Lost Symbol, feel to me as if the protagonist Langdon has actually missed the point entirely and only claps at fool's gold by the novel's close . . . maybe that's just me? I don't know . . .
SPOILER ALERT -- For example - it seemed to me that the obvious conclusion would be that Sophie is the living grail, and Langdon doesn't really get there.
I sometimes wonder if that's Brown's intent? Hiding mystical knowledge in plain view, in a popular format . . .
If that's the case, then he's a genius!
Either way, despite stylistic complaints aside, the book is a page turner. I can't deny that!
I guess at the end of the day I expected something more... shocking. Of course in fairness to this book I think this notion wasn't nearly as wide spread when it came out.
Over all 4/5. Although I am in the direct afterglow... that number might be lower upon reflection.