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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Best educational fiction book


I'm not a reader of fiction books, but The Da Vinci Code is an exception. The combination of facts and fiction in this book should keep any reader intrigued. I read this book at the time of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" release. Needless to say, two widely opposing views were presented in Gibson's and Brown's account of Christ's life. I was a little put off by the constant twists and turns in The Da Vinci Code, but this is characteristic of a murder mystery novel, I suppose. The ideas in Dan Brown's book can further be explored in "Bloodline of the Holy Grail", and countless other investigative books and articles written on the subject.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
?a pop sclockmeister looking for a quick buck.


This book represents such flagrant ignorance of the elements of suspense and mystery writing that it is deplorable. The main characters are so capable of easing themselves out of predicaments that there is no tension whatsoever. They could walk into the Oval Office and use a phone while discussing medieval symbology, apparently. Throw a bar of soap out the window and all of the security forces in the district will chase it. There are such an endless series of these episodes that it reads like a Monty Python plot. The keystone evidently refers to the French and English cops. Only Jim Carey could enact the exorbitant character expressions and reactions the author ties to revelations, events, and dialog. Forget the themes, a new meaning to the Holy Grail and the subjugation of feminism by the founders of Christianity. It is so pedantic in its portrayal that it is, at best, marginal. Maintaining the status quo through secret societies is portrayed as, apparently, appropriate, if shrouded by enough symbolic ritual and riddle to keep a mystic swimming. References to real questions of religious reform, feminism, the priesthood, right to life versus abortion, and so on are ignored, so as not to offend any element of the book-buying public. But there is a deep level of conspiracy and cover up evident herein! How do Doubleday and the NY Times manage to cook the books and keep this appalling pulp number one on the best seller's list week after week?



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller
Publisher: The Disinformation Company
Authors: Martin Lunn
Rating: 5/5
Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller
Want More Da Vinci Code? Start Here.


Short on facts and long on credulous supposition, this book is a celebration of specious reasoning that would make Lyndon Larouche blush. I bought it on impulse after finishing the Da Vinci Code (a book I greatly enjoyed), and regretted it after one chapter. The "facts" in this book are strictly for the gullible, copied directly out of the mouths of hoaxsters like Pierre Plantard - the "Priory of Sion" is apparently the least secret organization that ever existed, given the willingness of its supposed grandmaster to fork over information about it. Save your 10 dollars, or read a couple of chapters before you buy, so you can find out what you're getting into.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
If you only read one book this year, read this one


This book blew me away! Once I got past the first couple chapters I could not put it down. It reads very much like a movie... Dan Brown's writing style makes it easy to picture the characters and their actions on your mind's "theater screen."I highly recommend having a pen and paper handy while you read because you will have a hard time deciding whether to jump on the Net and research the historical facts Mr. Brown has woven into his story, or continue with the book and let the answer unfold through the characters. The facts are amazing and interesting all by themselves and bear further research either way.There are very few "good stopping places," so make sure you have plenty of time to read once you start. It's one of those books where you get to the end of a chapter and say "I'll just read one more chapter" and suddenly it's 4am. If you like solving puzzles, secret societies, adventure and/or religious history this book is for you. It's easy to picture yourself as either of the lead characters because they're just regular people doing their jobs until one day a murder throws them together to uncover one of the greatest mysteries of all time - the Holy Grail.In the book they say the Grail finds you... if this book has found you, honor the call. Even though this is a fiction novel, I hope it opens many eyes and sets many people on their own quest for the truth.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Riveting and thought provoking!


Having been mildly interested in stories of the Holy Grail after a trip to Rosslyn Chapel in 1999, it was with great anticipation that I finally read THE DA VINCI CODE. It did not disappointment me in the least. One hallmark of a good book to me is that it makes me think and makes me read more about something I learned in the book. I have already read two of the books mentioned in TDC (those in Teabing's library), and as a domino effect, have bought several others. But this book is not a history book or a book on art appreciation although it does make it even more interesting if you are interested in those things. It is a first-rate thriller. I wasn't able to figure out the villain until it was revealed to the reader (having been totally wrong in who I had guessed it to be). Of course the scenes at Rosslyn Chapel really came to life as I had remembered it. My book group read this and I wholeheartedly recommend it as a book group selection. We had our best discussion ever, I shared photos of Rosslyn Chapel and Westminster Abbey while another member brought books she purchased at the Louvre. I can't say enough good things about this book. My husband read it right after I finished (right after he read Brown's ANGELS AND DEMONDS). This book justly deserves all the attention it has been receiving and justly deserves its place on top of the bestseller lists.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
A good book, but it dosen't live up to all of the hype


Review by Richard Gray
http://www.rich-gray.comRober t Langdon, a famous Harvard Symbologist, gets woken by the police late one night while in Paris to give a lecture. He finds that the elderly curator of Louvre has been murdered, his body stripped naked, laid spread eagle, with a pentacle carved into his body and a coded message written beside him. Robert also finds that he is the primary suspect for the murder, and that the French police chief, Fache, may need to convict Langdon to save his own job.

Helped by police code-breaker, and the granddaughter of the Louvre curator, Sophie Neveu, Langdon flees the crime scene in hope of either making it to the US embassy to avoid being convicted of a murder he didn't commit, or solve the strange code left by the body in hopes of proving his innocence.

At the risk of spoiling anything (though if you've read any of the controversy around this book this part is probably already spoiled) Langdon finds that in order to prove his innocence he must find The Holy Grail which is protected by a secrete society called The Priory of Sion. The 'Holy Grail' isn't actually a cup that held Christ's blood, it is actually the bones of Mary Magdalene, the woman who Jesus is supposed to have married, and documents that show Jesus and Mary had children and that Jesus was not divine, simply a great prophet.

As you can probably tell from the last paragraph, this book has ruffled the feathers of many Christians out there, particularly Catholics. Langdon puts forth an alternative version of history that is more or less well researched and will probably seem more appealing to those who are not upset by the idea of Jesus having a wife, or that Jesus is not necessarily divine.

However, this is not to say that all of the claims that Brown makes, or seems to support in this book, are on steady ground. Much of this book is built around proving that Da Vinci believed this version of history by examining his artwork. Some of these 'symbologist' proofs are very interesting, and others are stretching it. There is also the looming, annoying flaw in his logic that just because Da Vinci believed a certain version of history, does not make that version of history correct, regardless of wether or not he was the head of the Priory of Sion.

All of the controversy aside, this is an enjoyable read, though I don't think that, as a novel, it deserves all of the attention that it's getting. Brown is a very skilled writer as far as crafting his sentences and paragraphs, but the plot is a bit formulaic and even verges on unintentional silliness. The ultra short chapters, the constant running and narrow escapes, and how the main characters literally take turns solving the little puzzles makes things a bit tiresome. The plot structure reminded me of the Doctor Who episodes I used to watch as a kid, only instead of time lords, Cyber men and Darleks, you have art symbologists, Opus Dei, and the Priory of Sion.

The book is best read just one short chapter a day (some chapters are short enough to be put on a daily calendar) and if you try to read much more than that the repetitive plot structure might start to get on your nerves. There were points in the story where, if I read too much of it at once, I'd say to myself, "For non-divine Christ sakes, not another puzzle. Just find the blasted thing!"

People who thoroughly enjoy riddles, cross word puzzles, and constant narrow escapes will probably give this book 4 or 5 out of five stars. If you don't fall into that category then this is a solid 3 stars. Also people who don't read very often, or who prefer short, sweet chapters will probably find this book a safe bet. It's a good book, but it just doesn't live up to all of the hype. If the alternative version of history is what draws you to it, then you might be better served by picking up a copy of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" which seems to be one of Brown's predominant historical sources.

Richard Gray

http://www.rich-gray.com



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Not great but not bad either


This book is by no means a classic but it will keep you entertained while you're reading it. There are some interesting ideas and surprising moments in the text but nothing extraordinary. This book will remind you of the new Star Wars series where the action and on-screen visuals are spectacular but the overall product is a little hollow.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
THIS BOOK IS FALSE.


The one thing I liked best about this book was the art and religion history. It was a very well researched book and I couldn't put it down. Definitely one of the best murder mystery books in a long time.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Bad book - bad reviews


I thought these were supposed to be reviews of the book not insults of other reviewers "Keep opinions about other reviewers, Christians and just downright common-sense people to yourselves!"
For the definition of HYPOCRISY please see the review by poor little Johnny boy, who seems to have no interest other than bashing The Da Vinci Code and other reviewers. Grow up!I thought this was a pretty good read though a bit dull at times but taken with a grain of salt it was indeed entertaining. I would recommend it only to people who understand that this is not a factual discourse on history.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
The DaVinci Code


Wonderful book for a long drive. Not too technical or complicated. Good pacing with several twists and turns. It kept us guessing to the very end. We put the first CD in the player and waited in the driveway after we got home to hear the ending.



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