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


The attacker aimed his gun again. "When you are gone, I will be the only one who knows the truth." The truth. In an instant, the curator grasped the true horror of the situation. If I die, the truth will be lost forever. Instinctively, he tried to scramble for cover. The gun roared, and the curator felt a searing heat as the bullet lodged in his stomach. He fell forward... struggling against the pain. Slowly, Sauniere rolled over and stared back through the bars at his attacker."
The Da Vinci Code is filled with passages such as the one above, all filled with action, suspense, and mystery. The author, Dan Brown, has masterfully created a story intertwined with codes, riddles, encryptions, and enigmas. He accomplishes this through his amazing ability to put the reader, into the story, with dazzling descriptions of Paris, many multi-dimensional characters, and a spectacularly intricate plot... Dan Brown has spared no detail.
In The Da Vinci Code, the Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, an ancient society sworn to protect the secrets of the Holy Grail, is murdered. In one last attempt to prevent the secrets from falling into the wrong hands, he leaves countless, elaborate clues for two strangers to decipher. The first, his granddaughter, a cryptologist for the Direction Centrale Police Judiciaire, and the other, Robert Langdon, Professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard University, are left with the daunting task of protecting the ancient secret. The trouble is, they don't know what it is they're risking their lives to protect.
Dan Brown has done an astounding job of bringing Paris, France to life in the setting for this novel.
"Outside, the city was just now winding down-Street vendors wheeling carts of candied amandes, waiters carrying bags of garbage to the curb, a pair of late night lovers cuddling to stay warm in a breeze scented with jasmine blossom. The Citroen ZX navigated the chaos with authority, its dissonant two-tone siren parting the traffic like a knife."...
The characterization in this novel is extremely well planned. Numerous characters are seeking the secret that was guarded by the Priory for so long, and they must overcome many obstacles. Sophie and Robert, with the police hot on their trail, rely on the clues left by Sophie's "grand-pere" to make their way closer and closer to the grail. Others, such as members of the organization known as Opus Dei, are also after the Grail and have proved that they will kill to get it.
Throughout The Da Vinci Code there are many things happening simultaneously. This is an extremely fast-paced novel with twists and turns at every flip of a page. With the French Police nipping at their heels, Robert and Sophie must wade through endless encryptions and riddles that seem to beg for answers; all the while, trying to outrun others that have proved they will stop at nothing to take what it is the two possess.
One drawback to this novel is the frequent use of French. At times, it proves to be very difficult and distracting having to "weed-through" the scores of foreign words...
"Bonjour, vous etes bien chez Sophie Neveau," the woman's voice said. "Je suis absente pour le moment, mais."...
"Capitaine, un agent du Department de Cryptographie est arrive."
Sentences, like the ones above are scattered throughout the text and could possibly pose as an obstacle for the reader.
Overall, The Da Vinci Code proves to be a very exciting and entertaining novel. Beginning with the very first page, this book will seize the imagination and never let go. The Da Vinci Code is a remarkable piece of fiction that should not be passed by.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Excellent. I could not put this book down.


I bought and started reading this book in the Dallas airport. I continued to read on the plane....all the way to another airport (where I made my connection) and then onward to Baltimore. I could not put the book down. It made the long waits in the airports and the flights "Fly Right By" ! My flight attendant on the way home asked me how I liked the book (she was interested in reading it too) so I gave it to her. Hopefully she'll be able to put it down long enough to tend to her duties on the airplane. :-) Excellent piece of work!!!! 5 Stars!!!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
This book was over sold


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: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
So glad I picked this one up.


I work part time at Borders Books and had an opportunity to read an advance copy. What a joy! I love thrillers, art history and history in general. This one has got believable characters, a great meshing of multiple plotlines, and a couple of nice surprises at the end.
Thoroughly enjoyable. I've been recommending it to Borders customers ever since.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
"EVERYBODY" was reading it, so I felt I had to.


A nice story idea, but so so badly executed. He tries to create a sense of high drama by resorting to hyperbole. His characters swing from sullen, to grinning, to suspicious to astounded over basically nothing, all within the same two sentences. Over and over again. This is a new low. The worst book I've ever read. He makes Anne Rice look talented.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Very Suspenseful & Intelligent--But a COP-OUT ENDING!!!


If you enjoy reading books on the occult, mysticism, astrology and abhor Christianity and Catholicism you will like this novel. Brown starts out with a pretty good mystery and then transforms it into the absurd. Christ fathered a child? The Bible and thousands of written records are totally irrelevant when Brown cites "authoratative sources". My biggest regrets: 1) I not only read this garbage to the end but 2) I actually paid money for this tripe. Even as fiction this premise is hard to swallow.



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


had given up hope. thought all mysteries had turned into "cozies". Great research, good characters and takes more than an hour to read. Also recommend "Shutter Island". Two in one week, incredible!!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Anti-religious Mystery


The Davinci Code is a damn good novel, but I felt there were holes in the plot, but it was still a damn good novel. Now everyone and their mother has heard about The Davinci Code, and now I am not going to spoil it, but I am going to talk about some of the good points and bad points in this novel.
The novel starts out with a murder by an albano man inside a Paris museum. Now Robert Landgon, a lecturer and a writer who wrote a novel based on Davici's paintings is then called in by the French police since he was supposed to be the last person to see Robert Landgon alive. So they take him to the murder scene, and a French dectective named Falis starts asking him questions about the murder, but what Robert does not know that he is considered a suspect in the murder of Jaques (the man who was murdered). So now comes in Sophie, a cryptologist which someone left a code, and she can not figure it out, but she has a hinch about it. So now, she tells Robert that they are tracking him and that they have him as a prime suspect. So now as a way to escape, Robert and Sophie throw out the GPS tracking device out the window into this passing truck, and the French Police go after of what they think is Landon. So now as they escape, things start to unravel in this tale. As they move forward, it turns out that Landon finds out that Sophie's grandfather Jaques (who was murdered) because he was in a secret society which they know where the holy grail rests! So now, they find this poem that links to where they can find the grail. Now, they head to the country side of France to a good friend of Robert's. He then tells him that in the secret society; Sir Issac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Leonarado DaVinci along with Sophie's grandfather Jaques. Sophie then figues out the code where her grandfather left her on the floor. It turns out that it is the bank code in this bank vault in a Swedish bank. So they get the rosewood box which would lead them to the holy grail. So now, as the story moves around, it gets good, but by the end, it just falls flat. I am not going to spoil the end because I want people to make their own decision. So if you want to read it, then read it, but read it with a open mind because some of the things in this book are going to think, and maybe even mad at Dan Brown for saying some things. Good, but I have read better thrillers with better endings: The Sum Of All Fears by Tom Clancy is one of them.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Starts strongly, but...


Brown is only the latest of a number of popular fiction writers who have mined the legends of the grail and Knights Templar for plot ideas. What distinguishes this book is the promise- never fully realized- of the revelation of a great secret (and great improprieties) hidden by the modern-day Roman Church. Perhaps part of the interest is rooted in the current scandals of a different nature involving the Church. While Brown starts strongly enough- a murder in the Lourve, a hidden secrets, a visitng American academic suddenly caught up in a vast centuries-old conspiracy- the book soon becomes little more than a so-so detective novel with all the usual gambits and tricks. Yes, there's a fair bit of facinating grail lore mixed in, but it's been done better by others.This is not a bad book; it's good vacation or airplane reading, and for the first half you'll find yourself caught up in the story and facinated by the bits of the legend that Brown doles out in drips and drabs. But then the plot sort of slows down and the suprises become fewer as the turns and twists become more obvious. The climax of the mystery is pretty unsatisfying, the characters are never fleshed out much, and by the end of the book you don't care much one way or another what becomes of them. If you're looking for a really masterful, brilliantly written book built on the Templar legend, you can't do better than Umberto Eco's "Focault's Pendulum". If you're interested in some more fanciful and full of conspiracies there's always the books of Robert Anton Wilson.



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


I cannot believe that so many people were worked up about the content of this book. Take it for what it is - a mystery thriller.This is not a reserach on theology or religion. All Mr Brown did was to collect what were out there and tied themm into a damn entertaining novel. He did not make up any of the stuffs - Opus Dei, Da Vinci, Priory Sion, Phi... They were all out there. Alternate explanation of Bible is, well, as old as Bible.Granted, all the puzzles and plot twists and historical anecdotes did not leave much room for real character development, but this is undoubtedly an interestinig yarn. Don't you find this type of thriller refreshing amongst all the stories about serial killers, homocidal cops, super lawyers and forensic medical examiners?



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