While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see, yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion, an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.
In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret, and an explosive historical truth, will be lost forever.
As a special bonus, this audio edition includes Dan Brown's October 2005 speech at the University of New Hampshire, introduced by his father. The author discusses the research behind his groundbreaking novel and the controversy it has created. Also, listen to an exclusive interview with Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter of The Da Vinci Code.
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"In this gleefully erudite suspense novel, Mr. Brown takes the format...to blockbuster perfection." (The New York Times)
"Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense." (Library Journal)
"Many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius." (Nelson DeMille)
I probably shouldn't have written this after seeing Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion." But to be fair, I found the writing unimaginative, and a bit unsophisticated. The concept is a good one and if I had thought of it, I probably would have written it too. But the problem is, I want my fiction to be on a level somewhat above that of the Harry Potter series. In this respect it is disappointing. However, I think the exploration of art history involved in this plot and the interesting twists and turns it takes was enough to make the effort worthwhile for me personally. It is hard for me to recommend this book unless I know what kind of person you are. If you really like art and art history, you'll probably find this worth a credit.
If I was still in Jr. High School this book might have been interesting. It would have been moderately better if the main characters weren't hapless imbeciles... The church bashing was the best part of the entire book.
This was my first encouter with Dan Brown, and let me tell you.... I am left wanting more!!! I was completey absorbed and at times could not even consider pausing let alone turning it off. The diligence put forth by Mr. Brown through all of the reseach he has done for this novel is to be commended. The author has done a fantastic job at leaving me wanting more encouters with Robert Landon. Looks like I am going to have to get Angels & Demons next.
I encourage you to pick this up and enjoy it. You will definitely develop an appreciation for secret societies, and want to go on your own quests afterward.
Murder mystery, Conspiracy, Religion, History, the old seach for the Holy Grail meets the new. The author weaved wave after wave of new information adding more and more pieces to the puzzle. I am sad it is finnished.
... but i know what I like. I haven't read many books but this one first interested me when a friend said the plot related to the Freemasons. I, being a brother, was very interested on how another piece of fiction depicted my brothers. It did not go into Freemasonry but into one of our related groups the Knights Templar. I was impressed on how fairly informative Brown had been with the several lectures he had included in the work (phi, the "other gospels"). The informative lectures and the speculations on Christianity (Holy Grail) had been brought together by Brown in a fasion I had never seen before that had me thirsting for more... not in a thrill gripping sense but as a man looking for enlightenment. I am open minded to everyone's point of view especially to Brown's presentation of all the "information."
Wonderful! The best book I have ever heard (read). It has opened my mind to new possibilities in religion also. It is a must read. I ordered it for all of my family.
"The Da Vinci Code" has you sitting on the edge of your sit even though you are into a surprise in the end. You will not be disappointed in the book.
This work of fiction will be viewed by many as fact. It is a shame that it is portrayed as fact that will attempt to undermine a persons faith in the true Biblical teachings.
Conspiracy theories always end up with EVERYONE involved in the conspiracy. That said, this particular story is a good one, a gripping read (listen) with characters you care about. Real or not, it is believable in the context of the story, and that's what really matters.
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