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


A great read! I truly enjoyed reading this It's a rarity these days to find an author capable of such good storytelling. The story is well written and very engaging, and despite the fact that it lost some momentum in the middle, I found myself eagerly turning pages to find out what would happen next. All in all, though this is not quite a perfect novel, it comes close.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Good read as fiction but disappointing credit to researchers


When I first picked up this book on recommendation from various sources, I didn't know it was based on the Templar / Grail myth. The world of shadowy yet powerful secret societies and multi-layered codes created by Dan Brown is no doubt fascinating, I could scarsely put the book down. As a suspense novel, it is an exciting ride that will have you cradling the book by your bedside lamp til dawn. However, about 3/4 into the book I started having reservations about his work... since I already know of the alternative history of the Holy Grail, I was disturbed by how little he gives credit to actual researchers who paved way for his own success. Yes, the book is categorized as "fiction", but if the entire idea of Da Vinci having a coded message in his paintings is practically ripped from the first chapter of The Templar Revelation by Lynn Picknett, you'd think he would mention it more than just including it in a character's library. Without even a page of acknowledgement or "further reading" to those researchers,it skims the surface of .....The grail myth serves as a great device to further the story, however, the ambigious nature of it brings up questions that Brown never resolves in the end. By only using the surface intrigues of the myth (for example, Da Vinci's hidden symbols) and ignoring deeper questions of "the truth" (would such influential men do so much to worship the heir of an extinct dynasty? What is their true motive?) Brown muddles the true puzzles of the myth by giving it a rather Indiana Jones kind of ending.Bottomline: Great exciting read for the un-initiated. Grail enthusiasts will already know the "big kaboom" and will be disappointed by "the conclusion".



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Promising...but falls apart at the end


This was one of the best books I've ever read. Art, history, action, thrills, and super writing.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Bleh


This is an OK book for light reading on a flight or long bus trip, but i wouldn't recommend it for any reason other than those two (or variants on them, with the exception of some train trips, which require something far more romantic than this dreck). Although i feel that sums up what this book is more than anything else i could possibly say, i should probably include my biggest criticisms. Some of the stuff about secret societies, their famous members, and artwork is pretty promising, but the book quickly turns those premises into routine mechanisms for advancing the plot - instead of going deeper into artwork, it is extremely tenacious in its refusal to obtain an depth that would enchance the routine turns of plot and make it into something beyond just a trashy supermarket thriller (something like The Dumas Club, or some Umberto Eco books). At the same time it doesn't really contain the elements that can make typical thrillers enjoyable; there's never a real sense of danger; it exposes too much of the mysterious/cult-ish aspects of the book, spoiling their effects and making what is revealed uninteresting; the potential romance might have made it some points, but it doesnt' even deliver on this, perhaps the easiest level; and the plot can be seen from a mile away - when a character or item is introduced, you can almost determine its fate before you even learn the name - even work out the plot of the book 50 pages ahead of where you are.Overall; this book makes a half-decent quick read, but there are any number of other books that are more fun, entertaining, and just as easy to read.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Despite what you might think, a good read none of the less


I will agree with most people's reviews so far, this book is overhyped. I have rolled my eyes a couple times at points, but I wouldn't say that this book is bad. First of all, the facts in the book are pretty accurate. I have studied about the Holy Grail and the religous involvement with it for a couple years now, and Browns research seems to add up pretty well with it. I also read "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and noticed some similarities between the two, such as The Priory and the name Sauniere, as well as the Dossier Secrets. But, I think the biggest problem people have with this book is the fact that it isn't very supportative of the Catholic church, and thats a problem. The facts in the book are true, maybe not entirely, but to a good extent, and people just don't want to believe it. Personally, I found a lot of the facts in the book refreshing and actually learned some interesting things. And it was nice to see someone who actually did some research for their book. Brown almost reminds me of Jane Jensen, who does some very similar work, but, Brown is much more interesting to read from. If you want more info on this kind of thing, Holy Blood Holy Grail is good as well as the computer game Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the sacred, Blood of the damned.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
A gallimaufrey of dunsical folly


Exciting, I guess, and it made me want to finish, but it's ignorant and illiterate.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Food For Inquisitive Minds


This book is better than Angels and Demons, but still a highly flawed work. The Da Vinci Code suffers from heavy handed foreshadowing, contrived conveniences, cardboard characters, bad pacing and (again--just like in Angels and Demons) incorrect facts which skew history, ignore the laws of physics, and force the reader to suspend disbelief past the point of acceptability.Most scary (and the reason for 1 star rather than 2 or 3) are the large numbers of readers who believe EVERY word that Dan Brown writes and quote the book like it's a non-fiction work. Read it if you must, but remember that it's fiction....



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


Although, some people say that this book is for eight grader. But I think it is not bad for people like me, who english is not so good. My sister's boss recommended to my sister and my sister recommended to me. They all love this book. I went to the author website, and I found out something very interest. The painting "The last supper" that Peter was grapped the wrist of an extral hand which held a knife. And others whom were sitting next to peter, they were all facing the audience and their hand held up. The palm faced audience, Which seems like Leonardo wasn't painted an extral hand accidently.

There are many different religions out there, each include their own culture and myth. Each claimed, they have their own creator for the world. Which one we suppose to believe? If there are really god out there. He supposed to stop the tragic of 9/11 or the earthquake.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Awkward and Uneven


There's no arguing that books on and about Da Vinci's hidden clues and Knights Templer are not only very pertinent but very compelling as well. Dan Brown's approach to the subject is via a story line which is stilted and awkward. Sadly, The Da Vinci Code's disjointed narrative detracts from Brown's great personal wealth of knowledge on the subjects. Author Brown would have been far better served to have written a direct treatise on the facts as they exist rather than try to string them all together via a plot line which, for the most part, was trite and forced. But hey, he's a published author and I'm not.



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


Once again our hero Robert Langdon is woke up by an urgent phone call. And we are off and running from another dead body. But this time our story has us delving into the secrets hidden in Da Vinci's art work. On a hidden trail left by the Templars. And perhaps a Quest for the Holy Grail. Dan Brown weaves his story mainly around Paris and London this time.

You will not want to put this book down. If you pick up this book, read it without a critical eye, remember it is fiction. If you do this you will thourghly enjoy it. I am left wondering what Robert Langdon while be drawn into next...



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