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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Big Time Fun To Read


Dan Brown hit this one out of the park. Great read! Reading is supposed to be fun and informative. This one sure is. The plot twists are terrific and the characters are well constructed.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code


I think 1 star is a little bit too high a rating for this book that is a non-stop sermon on the merits of Goddess Worship. We are told in the beginning that all of the facts are accurate. Really, Mr. Brown, you couldn't find one real source to list for your gullible readers in a bibliography? We are expected to ignore 4500 manuscripts of the New Testament pre-dating Constantine, just because your make believe Harvard professor tells us to trust him? I hope your readers who have no previous knowledge of church history will be led to begin educating themselves. I would suggest A Case For Christ by Lee Strobel, or The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell; two good historians rather than a novelist with an agenda. Reading from their list of source materials will keep one busy for years and hopefully away from trash like The Da Vinci Code. I would also recommend C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity; there is a real Oxford University professor for you. Funny how the fictitious professor never does find the evidence that everyone, even supposedly the big bad church knows exists. I'm waiting for the sequel, Mr. Brown.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Authors: Bart D. Ehrman
Rating: 4/5
Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
I Learned About The History of the Bible


When I read the Da Vinci Code (DVC) my curiosity ran high. That, of course, was the fun of the book. Brown's style of writing and weaving of mystery and history was marvelous. After reading it, like many people, I wanted to know how much was fact and how much fiction. Bart Ehrman treats that very subject in his book called Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code. He also does much more. I learned much more about the bibles and became more interested in scripture than I would have imagined. Ehrman is an authority and try as I might I was unable to find logical fallacies or apparent bias on his part.
He admits that Dan Brown was writing a fiction novel, but he takes exception to the fact that Brown didn't get all of the history correct, especially when it would not have impacted on the story Brown was telling.
In the introduction Ehrman lists ten "factual errors" in the Da Vinci Code and much of the book is devoted to exposing these "errors".
Ehrman says that there is a natural tendency for some people to want to question what is generally accepted, but historians need to determine what is most probable.
He admits that historians have only the written record to go on, and can never "prove" anything. History is only what we read and if we compare various historical documents from various sources and they are consistent we must consider that the best evidence available. He also points out how the Hebrew bible and the Christian bible have changed over the years since originally written. Only some original writings have been incorporated into what we now see published as the bible, and many of the gospel stories have been significantly changed. There were many factions that produced lots of documents about Christ in early times and some were at odds with each other.
I especially liked reading about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Q document, The Gnostic bible, and Constantine's role in changing the bible.
Ehrman spends some time in the introduction explaining his motivation. He says he wants to set the record straight so people are not mislead by Brown's book.
My conclusion is that Erman's book is good. Since the DVC was obviously a fiction to begin with, I think it was interesting, but not very important that Ehrman exposed the "factual errors" in the DVC. What I liked most is Ehrman's description of how historians work and what we know and don't know about how the bible was compiled.



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


As someone who has studied and been fascinated by the same subjects as are the characters in this book, I was captivated by the clever plot, but sorely disappointed in the ending of "The Da Vinci Code." This is due to the fact that the object of the protagonists' search is in the final analysis, not a physical object; and, as the author directs us, is not the point. For anyone who has seen any classic Hitchcock film, you know that this kind of device is known as a McGuffin, the plot that motivates characters being more important than the actual thing being searched for.The story is compelling and a bona-fide page turner for a good 7/8 of the book. While elements are implausible, they are of the sort that one discounts to keep moving. As a tour de force, that 7/8 of the story, a good 350 pages, takes place all in one evening. But once dawn breaks, the reader is betrayed by the author, and the plot unravels into such implausability that it seems unfinished.We are led to believe that the global secret being slowly revealed to the reader is of enormous importance, and at least eight people are killed to keep this secret from getting out. Somehow I was not prepared to have this secret turn into a McGuffin of the most cosmic order. A typical, maddening red herring Mr. Brown engages in, is to name the victim on page one Jacques Sauni?re. (Our protagonist, his granddaughter, we assume comes from the line of Sauni?res.) Anyone who has studied the mysteries of the Templars and the Grail--the premise of the McGuffin in this book--cannot help but know that Sauni?re is the name of the priest who, it is claimed, found a part of the Templar secret at Rennes-le-Chateau between 1890-1908. While we are waiting to see what the connection is between Jacques Sauni?re and the priest Berenger Sauni?re, the final disppointment in the book is that there is no connection at all! Like the plot, it simply is gone in a puff of authorial smoke.Some of the puzzles and codes solved by the protagonists are very clever; some are so obvious it is embarrasing that they can't find the answer for pages, when the reader can. I don't mind that the search is for a McGuffin: but if that is the case, the characters might better be interested in each other as passionate love interest. Our male and female characters at the end, barely seem to acknowledge one another, making it a fascinating beginning, and rather a flaccid end.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Da Vinci Code


The worst part is: some editor actually thought this guy could write. I stopped on page 50 after 50 pages of annoying writing. I gave the guy the benefit of the doubt, but he just can't write. If you like pulp fiction and are not annoyed by bad writing, you may enjoy this for the plot. I still like the plot and wish someone with talent had written the story. ew. ew. ew! This book reads like a freshman writing workshop project gone bad (and there's no such thing as a freshman writing workshop).



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Finally, a great story around this premise!


This is a great work of fiction. A fun book to read, and very well written. Dan Brown keeps you in suspense for the first three-quarters of the book with fast pacing, quick editing, and an engrossing tale! The book is truly hard to put down as the clues are revealed slowly - always just out of reach. I resisted the temptation to read ahead often. Sadly, I was disappointed that the ending wasn't better, but perhaps that's because the agenda of the author became increasingly clear as the book progressed.At last we have a good book about the tired old premise of the Knights Templar and Mary Magdalene, and the secret society. However, just when he was really moving with the story I about fell out of my chair laughing when all of a sudden some of the truly comical books on this premise are woven into the story as if they mean something. On page 253 he mentions one book prominently: The Templar Revelation. This is a truly hilarious book, and unlike ?The Da Vinci Code?, it fails to actually admit it is fiction and tries to pass itself off as scholarly research and therefore fails miserably. See my review of the book here on Amazon.com. On page 267 he weaves in another work of fiction called: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. But again, unlike Mr. Brown, the other works are not nearly as well written, and are simply bad ?docu-drama?s?. His not so subtle theological agenda is woven into what is otherwise a great fictional mystery. He quotes some of the Gnostic Gospels that have been clearly depicted as frauds by most Biblical scholars of any merit.Unfortunately, Mr. Brown gradually lets go of the fictional story he starts with and it seems he actually believes what he is writing. The first clue that this is truly a work of fiction is before the prologue where he tries to make his fiction look like fact. On the top of page 234 he gives the sad worldview of the Jesus Seminar. Also, as mentioned, he tries to incorporate other works to make it look like his premise is founded on something more than "X-File" level conspiracy nonsense. This is unfortunate because he is obviously a talented writer, and has written the best book on the subject yet - a mystery, a fictional tale, and a fun conspiracy story.A fun book to read - so four stars! Well written, and despite the theological nonsense he tries to weave in as fact, it is a good work of fiction. Well done!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
OH MY GODDESS!


I started reading this while killing an hour before going to a Fourth of July BBQ. Well, an hour later I could not put it down... missed the BBQ, fireworks, and my beauty sleep as I stayed up until 4 AM when I finished this marvelous tale. I immediately picked up Dan Brown's "prequel" of sorts, Angels and Demons, and spent the next day reading that. Dan Brown has put a huge dent in my social life this last weekend but it was worth it all. I want to marry Robert Langdon. Can't wait for the next book!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
A great book if you can suspend disbelief and get into it


First off, this book is a great example of a suspense thriller that is original is concept (not just another hack job from some writer taking what others have done successfully, throwing it in a blender and coming out with their own version of the same book). Brown delves deep into the pasts of Christianity and Western history, but makes it accessible to those who haven't taken a religion/humanities course since high school. The only problem with the book is that it does take a great deal of liberties while interpreting The Last Supper, some which are a little more than far-fetched U.F.O-esque conspiracy theories. The characters are somewhat trite--but all main characters in modern literature are trite in the 21st century. To suggest that The DaVinci Code would become a classic piece of literature used in schools around the country is laughable, but it is good book on the current best-sellers list that everyone who likes reading should really consider picking up.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Robert Langdon & the Search for the Holy Grail


Though I enjoyed this fine book, at moments it felt like I was reading something already being prepared for the screen. It concerns me when a character (Robert Langdon) is compared to an actor (Harrison Ford). Still, the story was compelling, active, and sometimes thought provoking.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Learning while you read.


I thought this was a good book, an attention-keeper, and something that makes you want to learn more about what's going on in the conspiracies of the world. I probably learned more about mathematical sequences, ancient cults and modern-day tensions in the Church than I expected. Then again, I didn't expect any of that when I started the book. The only thing that I have against it, is that the death of the Louvre's director is the thread that keeps it going throughout the book. Whenever a little "pick me up" is needed, we find it in one of the clues left behind by this man. That in itself is not bad -- but then I realized how much this individual was able to accomplish in the twenty or thirty minutes that he had to live after he had been shot. In a way, it's almost like something from a Saturday-morning cartoon -- here's a guy who's been shot in the stomach, experiencing an agonizing death, and still has presence of mind to leave a large amount of clues behind for others to find. Truly amazing.Great read, makes you want to dust off those old math books and look for pictures of honey bees and sunflowers. Now I know whey they were in those books.



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