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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Not only entertaining but thought provoking


I enjoyed this novel because the underlying storyline is intellectually fascinating. The story discusses the development over time of various religious, historical and cultural theories and their significance as to world history and society today. These deeply meaningful historical backdrop is ingeniuosly woven into an entertaining, compelling story worth buying, reading and finishing. The characters are interesting and diverse. You continue to guess at the villian(s), so to speak. Good luck.I would have given it 4 1/2 stars not five though because the ending could have had a real bang. It didn't as far as I was concerned. And of course you can't help but see the book as a movie; I learded that the rights have been purchased with an opening date of early 2005, I believe. Therefore, as a result of the book I intend to look further into the book's backdrop, so to speak. But as for the book and its author, I will be waiting to read Dan Brown's next novel and in the meantime will start on the one(s) before this one.
I have strongly recommended it to my friends for the reasons stated above.Donna Goldman



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Highly recommended, even with flaws


If you are one of the few people who have not read the book yet - do not hesitate and do it now. Odds are very favorable that you will like it, even be thrilled by it. It is highly entertaining, fast-paced, exiting and informative. The author has the endearing habit of sharing with the readers tidbits of extraneous information - not trivia - he has found in the course of his research.However, do not expect perfection or a future classic work of literature. There are shortcomings. But before I list them, let's deal with some issues which should not worry you:1. The book is "an attack on Catholic Church and Christianity." The book is no such thing, unless you believe that the Church can never do anything wrong (remember Inquisition?), can never be criticized, and that we already know everything that can be known.
2. The book is based on "completely unfound legend," "crackpot theory." "Anyone who knows art history and Christian history will see this book for what it is - pure garbage." Again, it is neither of those things. While the protagonists, understandably, present an alternative history in more assured terms than someone "objective" might do, there is more than enough evidence suggesting the possibility of their main contention being true, and there are serious scholars who accept the described interpretation of evidence.
3. Minor errors or dubious details that some flaunt as earth shattering evidence of wrongness of the whole book. Examples: Monks and habits not existing in Opus Dei. BIG DEAL! Anyway, even if just about nobody there was a monk and wear a habit, could there not be one exception? "Cargo truck hummed, then the truck roared, then there was hum again." BIG DEAL! Moreover, humming refers to tire noise, while roaring to the engine noise, which can change with time. "Da Vinci is not Leonardo's name." BIG DEAL! Thousands know and call Leonardo "Da Vinci," and even though it is imprecise, using just Leonardo would be equally ambiguous (how many Leonardos have there been in the world), and using always the full name would be cumbersome.
4. Perhaps the most silly objection is that "though some may find the religious topic thought provoking, this book doesn't require deep thinking". How many mystery novels are thought provoking, not to mention requiring deep thinking? The fact that so many people, as shown by the positive reviews, have found the book thought provoking, is an unquestionable testimony and tribute.Disregarding the above, what are the real shortcomings of Da Vinci Code? Here is my list:
A. As mentioned by many reviewers, the characters are poorly developed. Not unusual for a mystery/action story, but regretful anyway.
B. The ending is, in my view, a mistake. The author should have left an open ending, rather than provide a specific, highly unlikely explicit solution to a fictional story.
C. Perhaps most importantly, it might dawn on you in about the middle of the book, if not sooner, that the plot is a logical absurdity. Here we have a dying man, frantic to save an enormously important secret, of which he is the only keeper, from being lost forever, and to transfer it to one specific person. Does he do it using one encrypted, safe message? No, he sends the person(s) on a chase, at each stage of which the secret could be eternally lost! And he has prepared this process in advance, while presumably sane! Essential for the story, but logically unacceptable.
D. The essential premise of the story is that the "secret," which is the main topic, is so earth shattering, that revealing it would imperil the Catholic Church. In reality, as shown most clearly in the ABC Special, very respectable Church notables look at the suggestion regarding Mary Magdalene with complete benevolence. The author has interestingly, and perhaps wisely, steered away from the more radical version of the legend, but doing so he again created a logical void.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Authors: Richard Abanes
Rating: 3/5
The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel
Hardly Convincing


Abanes makes a few points well (I think his section on Planchard and the Priory of Sion is particularly good) but most of the time it boils down to "Look, The Bible says X, Y and Z and that's that". He fails to convince me that Christianity isn't sexist; he glosses over witchhunts as if the Church were an innocent party; and his whole "Fact versus Fiction" premise comes across as a "Your Fiction versus My Fiction" discussion.

Perhaps if we all accepted that none of us has a clue what really happened?





Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
The Devil is in the Details?


While The Da Vinci Code IS a page-turner and the premise seems promising, even fascinating, this book is really just a beach or airplane novel disguised as high art. The mingling of some fact with a lot of fiction will leave most with more questions than answers, or worse the belief that much of what Brown passes off as legitimate undisputed theology is actually the truth. If you're still interested in reading it, the good news is that you can do it in an evening or two and move onto something better!
PS I completely agree with the reviewer who complained about the publisher's review spoiler; many reader reviewers do this as well and I, too, think Amazon should effect a policy against this practice.



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


The story started out well enough, with the plot unfolding at a sufficiently fast pace for me to overlook the paper-thin characters and the rather clunky writing style. As, however, the story became increasingly predictable, the other flaws began to loom larger, and about halfway through I began to simply skim. Soon, even that became more trouble than it's worth, and now the book sits on an end table, about fify pages shy of completion.I will probably pick it up again after I read some of the more interesting books I got for Christmas, just to see if I really did guess the rest of the story.It's nice, I guess, to see somebody dissing Corporate Christianity, but other than that I really wonder what the big deal about this book is.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
Mid-Life Mystery: Nancy Drew meets Encyclopedia Brown


Did you ever wonder what happened to those young crime fighters when they grew up? Now you know. A murder brings together Sophie the 30+ cryptographer and Robert the 40+ historian forcing them to answer a series of riddles and puzzles in order to solve the caper. The puzzles have all the sophistication of writing in lemon juice and reading messages in the mirror. Can you think of a five letter word associated with Sir Isaac Newton? If not then you will be left spell bound by cryptic hints like "we could use some fruit from the tree of knowledge to solve this one!" Except for the occasional references to sex to remind you this is adult fiction, this is the Hardy Boys all over again.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Page-turner to the end!


I'm as partial to anti-Catholic conspiracy theories as the next man. I like reading those books about how the pyramids were built by a lost race from outer space, and how all world power stems from a Freemason/Knights of Malta conspiracy dating back 700 years, involving the Holy Grail and the nail-clippings of Christ. I'm also very much in favour of the ever-fashionable fictional technique of turning history to mush. Like most people, I'd much rather read a poorly written "thriller" with plot complexity and page mass in place of character, profundity or truth, catering to the paranoias and neuroses of the masses than, say, a history book. Here, finally, is apparently a book that combines all of my interests. I haven't managed to get around to reading it yet, however, because I'm still struggling through "The Lost Druid Tribe of Atlantis: How A Race Of Ancient Druids Invented The 'Popular Esoteria' Genre From The Primordial Soup". I fully expect a committee of Vatican Bishops to destroy all copies of this book before I get my hands on a copy, anyway, so my 3 star rating must remain conjectural.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
trick book with a trick ending


Also filled with errors of fact. For example, the author has Charles & Diana getting married at Westminster Abbey, & passes it off as fact. They did not get married at Westminster Abbey. They got married at St. Paul's. There are many, many other errors that are passed off as fact. This infects the whole book.
It starts off as a good locked-room murder mystery & should have stayed there. Instead it branches off into some kind of quasi-religious chase for the Holy Grail.
The ending is such a trashy & cheap trick ending that it has spoiled me on this writer for keeps.



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


Dan Brown's fast-paced novel has all the thrills of a roller coaster packed into one book. It combines mystery, suspense, and history into one interesting literary work. Unlike ordinary, whodunit mysteries, The Da Vinci code gives historical information about Da Vinci, symbolism, and Christianity, while at the same time forming a complex plot. The novel makes the reader alert because of its numerous intriguing details. It tells the story of Robert Langdon, a Harvard profesor of symbolism, and Sophie Neveu, a police agent, who are chosen to solve a murder mystery and find the Holy Grail. Sophie's grandfather is murdered in a museum and he leaves behind complex clues for Sophie and Langdon to find the Holy Grail. Many plot twists occur, including secret societies, shocking religious information, and details about Sophie's family. If you want a unique mystery novel filled with surprises, then Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is a perfect choice.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Authors: Amy Welborn
Rating: 1/5
De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
Dogmatic Christian Rebuttal


Amy Welborn rebuts Dan Brown's novel -- as if a novel needs rebutting -- by comparing it to the bible. Where Brown diverges from the bible, Welborn concludes Brown is wrong.

Why? Because the bible is the word of god and infallible.

If this level of intellectual discussion sounds attractive to you, be my guest. It was a little too moronic for me.



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