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


A mix of Indian Jones and James Bond! It was a pleasure Mr. Brown. Please write more soon!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Lives up to the hype


Much of this book is based on the work of Picknett & Price (Templar Revelations, 1977). Inter alia, it was they who first proposed that Mary Magdalene might be found in The Last Supper, and whose first Chapter is called, "The Secret Code of Leonardo da Vinci'. Surely it would have been polite for Dan Brown to acknowledge their work rather than passing off the idea as his own?I would have though that Dan Brown might owe them at least an apology? If not, the words "shameless rip-off" spring to mind!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Been here, done this better


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: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Awesome Novel, With Believeable Research and Suspense


It seems as though there are no middle of the road reviews on Dan Brown's DaVinci's Code. Either they are wildly euthusiastic or a complete pan. The story's premise has an interesting hook that grabs almost anyone (Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene) but, delivers it with such lameness that the reader becomes annoyed. Not even the fast facts nor the historical trivia can keep you from noticing the all too convenient discoveries and formula type writing. For example the multiple uses of the second look at any situation yielding much more information than the first. I would imagine this is to create suspense or intrique. It accomplishes nothing when used twenty times in the book. We end up wishing the main characters would purchase a pair of dime store bifocals to see what is patently obvious to the reader. All in all I was left on completion of the book with the feeling of how good it could have been.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Breaking the Da Vinci Code : Answers to the Questions Everybody's Asking
Publisher: Nelson Books
Authors: Darrell L. Bock
Rating: 5/5
Breaking the Da Vinci Code : Answers to the Questions Everybody's Asking
Brilliant stuff


Darrell Bock is that rarity--a conservative evangelical historian/New Testament scholar who is as irenic as he is thorough. Moreover, he's completely familiar with postmodern approaches to historiography and philosophy--something also rare among evangelical scholars (although, it must be noted, with writers like Kevin Vanhooser coming to the fore, that is increasingly becoming a thing of the past).

All in all, of the many books out there seeking to get at the real truth behind Dan Brown's international blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code, Bock's book is the second best, just edged out by Olson and Miesel's The Da Vinci Hoax. Bock's book is so good because he possesses an extensive knowledge of what is called the New School of New Testament studies, thus properly contextualizing and laying the groundwork for a thorough discussion of The Da Vinci Code. Plus, he seems to take the challenge Brown's book presents to both historical and modern-day Christian understanding very seriously. And because he's so careful in his analysis, his conclusions rest on firm footing.

Bottom line, both books come to basically the same conclusion: There is little or no evidence for the claims to historical accuracy that Dan Brown presents both in The Da Vinci Code and in his subsequent interviews. The plain fact of the matter is that on every front the evidence points in the direction of historic orthodox Christianity and away from Brown's revisionist history. All the sensational claims Brown makes--from the marriage of Mary Magdalene to Jesus, to the superiority of the so-called Gnostic Gospels to the Canonical Gospels, to the idea that the deity of Jesus was a fourth-century construct of the Council of Nicea--are masterfully exposed for the frauds and fabrications they are. When the supposed historical underpinnings of The Da Vinci Code are thus revealed as fanciful, the entire superstructure of the novel comes crashing down, leaving nothing except a diaphanous construct that is almost purely the figment of Dan Brown's fervid, luxuriant imagination.

If you are at all interested in the question of the validity of the historical background to The Da Vinci Code, you owe it to yourself to read this masterful book. After that, you'll probably want to get Olson and Miesel's definitive treatment.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Shocked by all the bad reviews!


I recently finished reading the Da Vinci Code and thought it would be fun to see what other readers thought about it. I personally felt that the novel was one of the best I've ever read. After viewing this page, I was shocked to see so many bad reviews were given to the novel. Most of the bad reviews sound like they were given by people who have never even read the novel.
Like ceruleana, the novel opened new doors for me. I learned so many shocking things about the history of religion that I have begun passionately researching the topic.
This novel is definitely worth reading!



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


THE DA VINCI CODE has been on the top of the best-seller list for so long that I finally decided to read it and see why. The story of the book is common knowledge by this time so that much of the mystery author Dan Brown traces so well is now a bit passe. But THE DA VINCI CODE brings to light a few important lessons that inform about the reading public: first, there is obviously a large audience for 'who-dunnit' mysteries, second, there must be at least a little interest in matters ecclesiastic for a novel based on the Catholic Church/Knights Templar/Holy Grail/Opus Dei etc, and third (thankfully) there is evidence that the public is willing to dig in to a bit of art history and controversy that is in fact much more interesting that the information in the media today. As far as a book is concerned, Dan Brown begins his "Novel" with a FACT sheet: "All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals [Opus Dei, Priory of Sion, Vatican, etc]in this novel are accurate". That alone makes this book in evidence of a lot of research. The action takes place in approximately 24 hours but the pace of the tale from France to England and back is breathless. While the delivery of the story is at the speed of breaking the sound barrier, with the accompanying 'can't-put-it-down' reading situation, Brown doesn't really write with elegant prose, or make his caper characters much more than chessboard pawns as far as fleshing them out into people about whom we care. This is not a book for those who love to languish in the beauty of the English language: there are no truly memorable passages that beg to be re-read because of their beauty of expression. But given that, this is an obvious crowd pleaser and seems a sure bet for a movie - if Mel Gibson's PASSION doesn't steal all its thunder.Writers write for different reasons; readers seek books for different needs. THE DA VINCI CODE is a fine escapist route to take on a plane trip or to devour when the world is too much with us. Great literature it is not - and that really is OK!



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


Dan Brown is amazing!! His writing is very easy to follow and the story completely consumes you!! The reality of the story was so scary!! Makes you think twice about life in general!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
A Real Page-Turner


I found this book a real page-turner, complete with compelling characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages. I think I read it in about 3 sittings. The characters were good and the information about the Goddess, The Priory of Sion, Templars etc. certainly held my interest. The only down side was a sense of having read much of it before.



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


I hope page-turner books like the Da Vinci Code don't induce intellectual diabetes. This is a fun book to read. It will not change your life or personality. Take a bowl of popcorn with you when you're reading it. And just enjoy it! Who needs movies, really?Dan Brown's first book, "Digital Fortress", is not a readable book. I'm not sure if this is because I am in the software industry and could see how bogus the whole story is. If I were an art history student I might have felt the same way for the Da Vinci Code, but hey, ignorance is bliss, right? If you are not an art history student, you will enjoy the adventures of Robert Langdon. You will enjoy the way Brown talks about Paris and its Museums. You will want to actually go and visit Paris if you haven't already done so. You will learn about the Catholic church and, well, art history. Oh, yeah, there is also mystery to solve.What makes Dan Brown good is the same reason that makes Micheal Crichton good: They can teach (or at least give you some sense that you learned something new) while being entertaining. I wish there were more authors like them in all subjects. Enjoy!



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