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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Page Turner of the Year!


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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 ... but not orginal


It's a great book. I loved it. I recomemended it to all my friends that read stuff like that, and I'm getting a copy for my mom for christmas. But at the same time, it's not orginal. It reminded me a lot of Katherine Neville's 'The Magic Circle', but better ... a lot better. It had the whole reglious conspriacy thing and a touch of romance ... just a touch.
All and all though ... great book.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Fiction that hooks you with fact...


It has been a long time since I was able to become so drawn into a novel that I literally couldn't wait to find time to read the next stage of the plot. With Angels and Demons, I became obsessed with reading as fast as I could to get to the end. It is the same with DaVinci Code. The storyline is compelling and even though you may know the theory he is extrapolating upon, it still has a magnetic affect on you. Dan Brown writes in tiers; layers of plot that seem to reach their pinnacle, suddenly another dimension is added to it. He writes about DaVinci being a prankster, which history supports, but he also plays games and amusing pranks with the reader. The protagonist is named Robert Langdon, whereas the consultant he uses, who happens to be a leading cryptologist, is John Langdon. The name of the man murdered in the novel is the name of the man purported to have found the documents referred to in the book. (Not to give the plot away.) My only complaint is that the plot development seems redundant from his previous work, so he needs to develop the story in a more unique fashion next time. There are so many fascinating elements to the theme of this book that whatever your level of knowledge regarding the theories are, there is still something to think about or to learn. His approach makes you stop and think about what he is proposing as a theory and even after you have read it, you still find yourself thinking about it. For those readers that like to delve into the possibilities that are still unknown to us, Brown is the author that helps you explore them while providing a rich, fast-paced novel to sink your teeth into and keep you up at night. A must read!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Anti-Catholic, neo-feminist silliness


I was really surprised in reading the reviews not to see more complaints about the nature of this book and some of the assertions in it. The book itself is almost a text book of how to hold a reader's interest while the author delivers large amounts information about old and arcane subjects necessary for the story line to hold together that the reader did not realize until right then that they had an interest in finding out more about. Some of plot points are a bit contrived, but by then you really don't mind because you just want to find out where this very interesting mind is leading you. While not a Catholic, I did find that the book bashed more often and more heavily than I thought was necessary a noble and important faith. On the other hand in the last 2000 or so years some people have done some literally unforgivable things on behalf of faith and the Church. So a balance of truth is the question and there the author gets the benefit of the doubt in order to tell his story, and what a story it is. I will not give it away, but to include the movie Eyes Wide Shut and Leonardo da Vinci in a story that begins with the story of Christ and ends in present day Paris is quite an achievement. The author does tie it all together. He faithfully, if at times obviously follows the rule that, if there is a gun on the table in the first act it most certainly goes off in the third, and again behind the curtain as it drops. Great stuff this.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Authors: Carl E. Olson, Sandra Miesel
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code
A Well Researched but Very Biased Book


The book is very (very, very) well researched, and the authors take extreme care to footnote the references in every case.

Unfortunately, it is as biased as it could be.
All references to books and researchers who don't take Christian Gospel as THE TRUTH are doomed by the authors, regardless of their scholarship.

Their strategy is principally based on making a ridicule of two books that are obviously Dan Brown's main references for his novel: "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln & "The Templar Revelation" by Lynne Pickett and Clive Prince.

Unfortunately (again), they also take portions of Brown's novel out of context to prove how wrong he is... doing exactly what they criticize in Brown.

Possibly the best read of the novel's "debunkers", but lacking the objective view, which I find mandatory.




Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Pretty pictures can't cover up bad writing


It has long been my contention that fiction writers have two main componants: writing skills and story-telling skills. The best fiction writers are good at both. In my opinion, F. Scott Fitzgerald is a prime example of someone who writes beautifully but isn't that great at storytelling, while J.K. Rowling comes to mind as a master storyteller whose writing skills are occasionally lacking. Then you have someone like Stephen King who is equally good at both. (And yes, I'm sure that many of you will vote this review as unhelpful just because of those opinions, but that's your perrogative.)

At any rate, Dan Brown is someone who knows how to tell a good story. However, he writes at less than a seventh grade level. His writing style reminds me of that email circulated a few years back with examples of the world's worst metaphors, containing sentences like, "The bullet hurtled from the gun like a small metal object released under enormous pressure from a slim chamber." They are laughable, but the horrific thing is that Dan Brown has actually made millions of dollars with ACTUAL METAPHORS that are even worse. From page 196 of this volume: "Standing beside the [conveyor] belt, they felt like weary travelers at baggage claim awaiting a mysterious piece of luggage whose contents were unknown." Well, ya don't say! Considering that this is EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING, waiting on a package with unknown contents, the best one can say for Brown is that at least he changed his "metaphor" so that it took place in an airport. Pathetic. My junior high English teacher would never have let a student get away with such writing.

The story IS an interesting one, and I'm sure everyone here knows all about it by now. I think that if Christian groups hadn't kicked up such a fuss about the story, this book would have died a slow death years ago. But they can always be counted upon to boost the bottom line of movies and books that no one would have given much thought to otherwise, so now Brown can join Martin Scorcese and Mel Gibson in thanking his lucky stars for them, and the fat sums of money they've brought to his door. As for me, I quickly grew annoyed with Brown's R.L. Stine-ish habit of cutting off chapters after less than a page -- sometimes after less than a PARAGRAPH -- just to keep people in suspense a little longer for the next underwhelming revelation.

This version of the book is very well put together. The pages are far better quality than your average hardcover; very glossy and heavy; harder to tear. The pictures are in full, rich color, and it's not just the paintings and buildings, but people mentioned, and many of the symbols. Sometimes the layout is annoying; because instead of repeating a picture or referencing it in a footnote, they force readers to flip backwards and forwards at times, looking for the image to go along with the text. They could have done a tighter job lining them up properly.

This book is a fun read, and obviously the movie is upon us, which will bring even more of the mentioned paintings, buildings, and history to life. If only for the reason that people will learn about these things, I am happy it's happening. As for Brown, I'm sure we'll get another witless book from him at some point, since rich writers never seem to be able to just retire at the top of their game and instead keep kicking around the same dead horse/character to see how much more cash they can milk from it (see Thomas Harris), and I'm equally as sure that I'll wind up reading it at some point, if only because I always seem to disappoint myself this way. It's likely too much to hope that he'll have learned to write any better by then, but since we don't seem to care about his amateur-hour writing skills, it won't be any skin off his nose, or money out of his pocket either way. So let's just keep our fingers crossed that the story will still be at least moderately interesting.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
GREAT BOOK UNTIL ABOUT PAGE 405


Once you begin THE DAVINCI CODE you will not be able to put it down. The story grabs you by the collar and drags you along at a brisk pace. Dan Brown gives you everything; an albino, monk hitman; a brilliant art historian; a beautiful French detective with a specialty in cryptology; a secret society called the Knights Templar; and a substantive search for the Holy Grail. What places this book a cut above the rest is the layering of art history and religious history integral to the story. You read the factoids Brown sprinkles here and there and you wonder, "Is that true?" If any of it is true, Brown has made some pretty controversial statements regarding the foundations of Christian beliefs and traditions. But that makes it all the more delicious to read. For those reasons THE DAVINCI CODE is better than your run of the mill cops and robbers mystery/thrillers.The book begins with murder at the Louvre Museum near the Mona Lisa. Clues are left everywhere and everything written has meaning and will be referred to later in the book. The characters are very clearly delineated and do not melt into one another. I was stunned by how breezily this book reads and how many twists and turns Brown threw into the mix. Then I got to page 405 and became very disappointed. At that point I found the book a bit unbelievable. Up to page 405 everything seemed plausible. But the book had a heavy head of steam up to that revelation. The very end was a bit underwhelming, as the first 400 pages promised much more.I highly recommend this read, but the conclusions to all the characters were a little too pat and easy. There is no big shoot out at the end, but I expected something a bit more exciting than what I received.



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: 1/5
Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
History does not support Jesus!


In one of the reviews for "TRUTH AND FICTION IN THE DA VINCI CODE" (by Bart D. Ehrman), the reviewer quotes a passage in Ehrman's book: "The oldest and best documents we have for knowing the life of Jesus are the four gospels of the New Testament. This is not simply the view of Christian historians; it is the view of serious historians of antiquity of every kind, from committed Christians to hard-core atheists." (Ehrman, p 102)

I'm a hard-core atheist and an educated one. No matter how qualified Ehrman may consider himself or others consider him, the TRUTH is that history does not support Jesus. The four gospels cannot be used as history since they were written way after Jesus was alleged to have existed and there is nothing, I say NOTHING, to back up his existence. Where there should have been some kind of evidence it should have been in the Dead Sea Scrolls and they are silent as far as christianity. Not an iota!

What christians and their supporters don't seem to realize is that religions exist only because they are due to mental conditioning. In other words, conditioning results in beliefs and not the other way around.

Dan Brown's book was an okay read and nothing to get all bent up about. Who cares if he took literary license and said that some of it was based on historical facts. You still got to get up early and go to work without that book changing anything in your life. Why quibble 'cause he got carried away with some untruths.

I had a pictorial webpage where I showed that Dan Brown erred when he included in his book that in The Last Supper there was a disembodied hand holding a knife in a menacing manner. The "disembodied" hand belongs to Peter who is just simply holding a knife with his hand resting on his hip. da Vinci's painting just eroded to the point where you don't see the hand joined to Peter's arm. What makes this worse is that when the movie comes out this error on Brown's part will be amplified on the big screen along with all of the other historical gaffe's that Ehrman's is up in arms about. What a waste!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
Not a good book.


Rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and BookSense 76 lead me to believe that "The Da Vinci Code" was just the thing for fans of intelligent thrillers by Arturo Perez-Reverte or Wilton Barnhardt's "Gospel." It is just the opposite. Those are the sort of readers who will be bored stiff by this novel's cardboard characters, cornball plot, and melodramatic writing. "The Da Vinci Code" is rife with factoids about Church history, the symbolism of the pentacle, Opus Dei, and Fibonnaci numbers which are pretty interesting and propel the plot for awhile, but showing off tidbits of knowledge is no substitute for actually creating believeable fiction.This book will work better as a movie (its obviously intended purpose) when actors can flesh out the characters, a director can create some atmosphere, and the factoids may sound profound and less like a lecture. More intelligent, more fun, and more exciting time can be spent rereading "Gospel," or discovering that big juicy book for the first time.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Good beginning, horrible ending


This is a mystery full of great mystique and surprise. I loved the cliff hanger chapter endings and couldn't stop turning the pages to unravel the code. I shall reserve further commentary as there are spoilers potholes abound when discussing The DaVinci Code. I recommend this one enthusiastically!Geena Brighton, columnist for Sherrington



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