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)
This is a good book and good narration. It moves right along even in its unabridged form. I found that I usually "guessed" the solution to many of the puzzles, codes and mysteries before the author actually got around to revealing them which makes the reader feel "smart". Asking around, I find that most readers reported a similar experience. Literary snobs can criticize writing style, plotting, believability, etc. but in the end, this is good entertainment. Enjoy!
Dan Brown manages to tie in much of the current work of a number of revisionist Jesus scholars in this novel. He manages to cover many of the theories concerning the importance of Mary Magdalene to Jesus and her shunning by the Church after Constantine. If cast solely as a historical or schalarly text the theories would astound many and raise a Christian uproar similar to the one that earned Salman Rushdie a Muslim fatwah.
I had high hopes for this book, but alas! Some of the historical and religious symbolism was fun, but Dan Brown should sign up for a basic creative writing course. There are a number of ways a writer can impart information to a reader, and letting a character tell everything, not through dialog, and not through action, but by thinking to themselves, is perhaps the most boring way. And the characters are soooo dumb?
what a pieece of empty garbag. i can't believe this is so popular. if you have to read it, read the abridged version. at least then the plot might be vigorous enough to support the longwinded, self-important and unoriginal narrative.
Man this was a shocker. I have never heard any of this author before. I will NEVER read or listen to any of his writings again. I was hoping for something a bit more "on the level". What I got was a man who worships women as the TRUE GOD and men are just scum. Sounds like the NAGS got to him. Anyway unless you are looking for a cult to believe in or a new religion to join I would not suggest you read this book. The thing in which you are looking for is not a holy and Godly thing at all.
I would not suggest this book to anyone.
This book is another example of how our society delights in being bigoted in a veiled sort of way. Mr. Brown's lack of information about the Church is apalling and his research is superficial. His main character asserts that the Church has "alway" tried to denigrate the female in its history. Perhaps he would care to explain why the Catholic Church honors Mary to the extent that they do, and honor the acts of Mary Magdelene after she devotes herself to following Jesus in his ministry. There is enough creative fiction to be mildly interesting, but Brown's obvious hatred of the Roman Catholic Church is nauseating at times and laughable at others. I wish I had used my book credit elsewhere.
I need this wonderful entertainment on my long drives to/from work - not anti catholic, an education for all. Totally entertaining - a mystery, suspense, surprises.
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