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The Da Vinci Code Paperback – March 31, 2009
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About the Author
Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, and Deception Point. He lives in New England.
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Following the symbolic code left by a murdered curator of the Louvre Museum, Robert Langdon, Harvard symbologist, must unravel a 2,000 year old mystery that cuts to the heart of the Christian faith, following the clues hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Aided by the curator's cryptographer daughter, the trail leads them to the Priory of Sion, a clandestine Templar society that is protecting a deadly secret, now being hunted by another group that will stop at nothing to protect the faith.
Although there are mixed reviews regarding the historical accuracy of the information that Brown bases his thriller on, his rich interpretation of symbolism provides the heart of the story and the clues to the mystery are endlessly fascinating. In the end, the book will probably be regarded as sensationalist and trashy by some, and truthful, thought-provoking and challenging by others. For myself, I found it to be a thoroughly agreeable thriller, easy to delve into and hard to put down.
Nowadays, the general premise is widely known, and in whichever camp one’s convictions may lay there is surely an abundance of artistic entertainment here. Beyond the last page, however, is where the tale really begins; the struggle within oneself.
Absent blind allegiance, the narrative encourages you to read this work in different contexts, i.e., other, more studious works on which it is based. Take, for example, "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln), whose groundbreaking study in 1982 upset the status quo in their time; then, perhaps, consider the Nag Hammadi scriptures, discovered in 1945, or the known record concerning the Council of Nicea (AD 325) and discover the reasons of the "missing books" of the Bible. These are but a few, but all equal building blocks which may even be found hidden within the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
In any case, this book will capture your attention with much detail, certainly test all you may have been taught, and in a more profound way than any Hollywood movie has dared to produce - even its own namesake.
Read the book for yourself, free and independent of other rigid views, and you will enjoy the ride….