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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Breath Taking Ride Through History


This is one book that will amaze you in every chapter and keep those pages turning. Dan Brown's immense imagination burrows its way starting from a murder in Louvre Museum back through the 2,000 years of European history. Did Jesus have any descendants? Who was really Mary Magdalene? Did the most spectacular brains of Western Civilization all belong to a secret society? What could be their purpose? And how are all these fascinating questions related to the murder case with which the book begins so "innocently"? Dan Brown will lead you through the labyrinths of possibilities and juicy conjectures that you've never dreamt of before. Great non-stop entertainment. Highly recommended.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Neal Stephenson For Dummies


A great premise and fascinating historical religious esoterica are married to a pedestrian mystery and monochromatic and predictable characters. Brown is what Harlan Ellison would call an "author", as opposed to a "writer". He is capable of producing easily digestible, and therefore popular material, but his work has no literary merit. A typical MTV attention span is ideal for optimum enjoyment. This would actually be a good beach/airplane read. The reading experience would be enhanced by crying babies, people noisily noshing cheap peanuts and occasional turbulence induced nausea.



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


Action sequence in the story already started on the first few pages of the book. Nothing catches a reader's attention more powerfully than a dead man posed as the Vitruvian Man and the sign of the pentacle at the same time. And what better place to have committed the crime of murder than the fancy security-armored vastness of the famed Louvre museum. Add a beautiful French cryptologist to the already charming aura of my favorite symbologist, trying together to solve crimes and riddles while outrunning the French police, and you have the formula for the book that will keep you up late nights turning pages.

I believe the greatest strength of Dan Brown is his power to fuse fact and fiction in a gripping tale of adventure. He has the very rare talent of sensationalizing what would otherwise bore us from another angle. Among the topics he deals with in this book are The Da Vinci Code (an elaborate field of research and conceptualizing on its own), the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, Priory of Sion, Opus Dei, and, among my favorite parts of the adventure, riddles. Who would believe the dark symbolism in The Last Supper would survive centuries of Vatican power? Who would believe another Da Vinci art called Madonna of the Rocks carries underneath it a shocking anomaly from centuries past? Who would have imagined a secret war waged by two opposing religious groups - Opus Dei and Priory of Sion - has been raging since the era of Christ? Who would have thought Da Vinci lived such eccentric lifestyle? All of these things, and more, are handcrafted and offered by Brown on a silver platter.

Although the story is rich in action and gripping facts, it's a lullaby of the most boring romantic tale ever. I had to breeze through pages trying to get past Langdon's and Neveu's little sweet talks because it's a proven fact: Brown sucks at romantic lines. You will read Angels & Demons and Deception Point with a similar observation, although this little setback won't necessarily ruin your enjoyment of Dan Brown books. Romantic or not, he writes well-researched material packed with fast-paced action and amazing trivia that will put you to the edge of your seats.

So, for the most part, the book is "unputdownable". It's definitely a must-read.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
Good story, poor writing


If you enjoy well written books that completely pull you into the story, then "The Da Vinci Code" is not for you. After reading this book (it was a Christmas gift) I was astounded to hear that it's a best seller. As a fledgling writer myself, I was surprised to read so many novice writing errors in this supposed "professional" piece."The Da Vinci Code" is a large push of pseudo-historical facts and suspence, but Brown fails in making his characters feel human. During the course of their two day quest, they do not stop to eat, sleep, or even use the restroom. There isn't even a comment on how the characters feel about the lack of these necessities. (No tiredness, no stomach growls, nothing.) Brown is so wrapped up in trying to make a good story that he forgets to make believable characters.When the bad guy was finally given an actual name instead of just "the teacher," I was completely disappointed. I actually didn't believe the antagonist was really who he said he was for several chapters. Why didn't I believe it? There is a blaringly obvious plot hole that Brown forgot to cover up, which prevents his antagnoist from being who he says he is. It's simply impossible. Oh, and the chapter lengths are just amusing. Apparently Brown doesn't know how to transition between scenes without making a new chapter. In this 454 page book, there are 106 chapters. (I'm calling the epilogue a chapter because it is.) This means each chapter is roughly 4 pages long. If this were an elementary book, I wouldn't be surprised at the short chapter lengths. But as a work of fiction for adults, I expect the author to learn how to transition scenes without making new chapters each time.Personally, I think I might have enjoyed this book if Brown had set it up as a simple historical mystery. The cross-country chases and multiple gun-point standoffs quickly become tiresome and boring. The historical research is interesting, but "The Da Vinci Code" utterly fails as a good suspense novel.



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


I had a lot of fun reading this book -- but reviews to the contrary, it's not erudite.Brown makes many gaffes. He believes, for example, that the golden ratio, or phi (a number which fascinated Greek philosophers and mathematicians because it was the first known instance of an irrational number -- the existence of which contradicted all their theories of the orderly and explainable foundations of the world), was "derived" from the Fibonacci series. He also seems to think that a codex is a scroll. (A codex is, of course, a manuscript volume, or book. Think of the early illuminated gospels.)There are many similar confusions, but it would be churlish to list them because that's not the point. No one buys this kind of book to understand math or learn art history, they buy it because it's a blast. Two-thousand year-old onspiracies, religion, romance, betrayal (though anyone who is suprised by the identity of the betrayer should probably go back to reading Dick and Jane), mixed with sketchy, pseudo-exotic European locations, and leavened with a dash of stock characters. The prose is servicable, mostly -- a few grammatical horrors don't get in the way of being able to visualize the action -- and the plot gallops along. A pure pedigree bestseller.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Kind of Hard To Believe It's Fake...


It is one a.m. You just got into bed a few hours ago. Suddenly the phone rings, and the hotel worker tells you that someone's on their way to your room. When the visitor gets to your hotel room, you discover that he is with the police. But what would they want with you? You've done nothing wrong. You're a college teacher for crying out loud! You teach art and symbolism, and have been writing books on your research. Jacques Sauniere, the head curator at the Louvre in France, had arranged for you to meet up with him somewhere, but he never showed. The policeman shows you a picture from a crime scene. The photo is of a body. Jacques Sauniere's body. He then invites you to the Louvre to help with the crime scene. But helping isn't really what you're there for. You are being questioned without even knowing it! The head of the police, Fache, is in charge of this case. He is determined to find you guilty in order to help support his job, being as he's currently in low esteem with French and American law keepers. Sophie Neveu , a cryptologist, meets up with you and Fache. She says she has a message from the U.S. Embassy for you, but when you listen to the message, you find that it is something much more important. It is up to you, Mr. Robert Langdon, to team up with Sophie Neveu and investigate Jacques Sauniere's death, find the keystone to the Holy Grail, while at the same time protecting the keystone, avoiding arrest by Fache, and keeping the evil Opus Dei from power. "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown is a wonderfully written book. It is very relaxing, even in the fast sections. Although the book takes place in a 24 hour period, it seems to be much longer. Mr. Brown has a great knowledge of symbolism and history. As the little reviews on the flaps of the book say, the book is "pure genius!" Most of the clues in the story revolve around Leonardo Da Vinci, thus the name "The Da Vinci Code." In the book, the murdered curator Jacques Sauniere was part of a group called "The Priory of Sion," or P.S. The group is revolved around the "sacred feminine," worship female goddesses of fertility, and are the keepers of the Holy Grail. Opus Dei is one of the groups after the Holy Grail. Bishop Aringarosa is in charge of Opus Dei, and has been trying to get his hands on the Holy Grail in order to use it to boost his power. His assistant, Silas, does all the dirty work. ... This book refers to a lot of history and paintings, along with the Bible; although a lot of it is made up. Don't take it seriously, it's just amusing. This 454 book was worth the read, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it too. If the books you read need to be fast-paced, then I do not recommend "The Da Vinci Code."rtistic than Faberg?' ! than 'assorted cloisson? artisans' ! Did you know that ? I didn't know that ! I still don't know that ! There's lots more 'wisdom' on this victim, be warned.Not only does he relentlessly bungle his facts and couple them with unfounded and preposterous social commentary, he has the nerve to insert this comment, about a film : "Sadly the filmmakers had gotten most of the specifics wrong..." And if the reader is not sufficiently impressed with Mr. Brown yet, they get one more clue, by including this esteemed opinion on the supposed creator of the mystery: "...he was a frighteningly clever man." Where does it end ! On page 484, directly before the blessedly blank flyleaf, where I breathe a sigh of relief of not only being done with this bestselling drivel, but that my name is not defiled by being included in the acknowledgments.



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


This is a great work of fiction and was delightful to read. It can open your thoughts to another aspect of how to look at the subject matter of the story. The settings are richly presented, the writing flows, and the story moves at a good pace. Do not select this book and expect historical facts in every aspect. It is a work of fiction based on some historical fact. Dan Brown is an excellent writer and presents his view in a spellbinding story. This book is thoroughly enjoyable and shouldn't be missed.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
DaVinci or Monty Python?


I enjoyed the provocative information about the Magdalene but it was spoiled by a mediocre "who dunnit." The killer (big psycho guy, lacking melanin) was something I'd have attributed to Monty Python. I recommend borrowing it from a friend or the library.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Entertaining...like a movie, but NOT quality literature


Had it not been for all the hype I might have expected less and not been disappointed by this book. Nelson DeMille calls Dan Brown "one of the smartest writers in the country". Maybe so but if so, I don't see that demonstrated in this book. The book is loaded to the gills with what I assume are historical facts but so what? Thhe characters are unreal. They are so ingenious that the reader can't keep up with their thinking at one point and morons at other points.For example, the symbolism of Sauniere's death message (the Vitruvian Man) becomes clear to the reader long before it does to the expert, Langdon. Another: The brilliant detective Fache doesn't know that in order to know what number Langdon dialed from his phone all he has to do is look in his "recently dialed calls" file? (pg 117). Another: (pg 299) when the three are trying to figure out what language the message in the cryptex was written by Leonardo in, the reader finds his brain screaming at their stuppidiity. It's freakin' mirror writing in English! Everyone knows this is the writing Leonardo used. There are more examples of poor character development. But, maybe it's a four start boook that was oversold. What's left is three stars.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
A Highly Readable, Interesting Read


Above all other criticism and/or praise, Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" is inarguably an interesting and exciting read. Although critics do have some merit to the argument that his characters lack the definition of other, more mirthful novels, Brown uses a healthy sampling of wit, intelligence, and anecdotes to keep a reader turning the over 400 pages of this book.To argue that this book is not worth buying because of the historical inaccuracies is MISSING the point of a FICTIONAL novel; it's make-believe! Brown twists the facts to suit his own purposes as a story-teller; doing just that seems to be Brown's call to guard. He does a splendid job keeping this novel moving, and his tempo never wavers. I was fully satisfied with my purchase (once I realized that I couldn't expect an acutely accurate historical nonfiction work from a middle-aged novelist), and I would be confident in saying that you will too.



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