The Da Vinci Code , by Dan Brown -- Book Review

Book Classification: Bestselling Fiction - Hardcover / Audio Books - Mystery Novels - Historical Fiction


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ISBN 0-385-50420-9 / ISBN 0385504209

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is the ultimate suspense novel that ties the past in with the present. If you enjoy historical fiction, and enjoy mysteries, this novel is for you. The author, Dan Brown, writes knowledgeably about the art world and makes many references to past and present secret societies, with the key being Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most prolific artists, writers and philosophers the world has ever known.

I loved this book. I could not put it down. The story is intriguing and the characters Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist, and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveau, are intriguing pairing. They are thrown together (it would seem at random) to solve a murder and an ancient mystery.

This book is a fascinating read. I can understand why it was on the New York Times Bestseller List for so many weeks. It was entertaining but educational. Great book!

Book review by Nancy Lepore for crimsonbird.com

Contents: Acknowledgements, "Fact:", Prologue, 105 short chapters, Epilogue. Black-and-white illustrations.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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First Edition - Hardcover - 454 pages - April 7, 2003
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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 deipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive hysterical truth -- will be lost forever.

The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightening-paced, intelligent thriller_utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.

About the Author

Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress , Angels & Demons , and Deception Point . He lives in New England.

Book Reviews

"Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. The Da Vinci Code is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius."

-- Nelson DeMille, bestselling author

"Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I?ve ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles."

-- Clive Cussler, bestselling author

"Dan Brown is my new must-read. The Da Vinci Code is fascinating and absorbing -- perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story. I loved this book."

-- Harlan Coben, author of Tell No One

" The Da Vinci Code sets the hook-of-all-hooks, and takes off down a road that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. You simply cannot put this book down. Thriller readers everywhere will soon realize Dan Brown is a master."

-- Vince Flynn, author of Separation of Power

"I would never have believed that this is my kind of thriller, but I'm going to tell you something--the more I read, the more I had to read. In The Da Vinci Code , Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr. Brown, I am your fan."

-- Robert Crais, author of Hostage

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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 father'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

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First Edition - Hardcover - 454 pages - April 7, 2003
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