Da Vinci Code book related reviews


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: 5/5
The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code: A Challenging Response to the Bestselling Novel
Publisher's Weekly Agrees


Abanes, as well as the many other authors who have responded to "The Da Vinci Code," were recently featured in an online roundtable discussion of Brown's bestseller (...). As part of this very informative feature, Marcia Ford from Publisher's Weekly gave her assessment of each of the books and picked her favorite one. Abanes came in second place behind Dan Burstein's "Secrets of the Code: The unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code." But interestingly, Burstein's book is "technically not a debunker," according to Ford. It is really "a compilation of writings from people all along the DVC spectrum."In other words, when it comes to actual books that debunk or refute Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Abanes is the one who has come out on top. Ford describes Abanes' The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code" as "a quick and thorough read." She also writes the following:"Yet another short book that contains a lot of information, including, in this case, details about Leonardo's writings and belief system that I don't recall reading anywhere else. Abanes, who really is a recognized expert (see Martin Lunn's dubious credentials) on cults and religions, arranges his highly readable text topically by chapter and according to the specific error within the chapter. It's well-organized and accessible, and yes, there really is a code embedded in the introduction. Abanes correctly identifies the problem with DVC as not a Christian issue: "The most flagrant aspect ... is not that Dan Brown disagrees with Christianity but that he utterly warps it in order to disagree with it --- to the point of completely rewriting a vast number of historical events. And making the matter worse has been Brown's willingness to pass off his distortions as `facts' with which innumerable scholars and historians agree." Amen. (96 pp., including several images of The Last Supper)"I couldn't agree more with Ford and allow her words to speak for me.



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


Bottom line is, this book was a great read, I enjoyed it immensely and whether or not it is a truthful portrayal of Opus Dei or Mary Magdalene isn't really important. It's just a book, take it as it is and enjoy it for what it is.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Fascinating, quick read!


This book made me question some of the core aspects of Christianity. While it is a book of fiction, it does get you thinking. While I don't recommend that anyone read this book as fact, it is a good starting point to consider a different point of view. Dan Brown is a fantastic writer who combines suspense with historical fiction in a seamless manner. It's definitely a page-turner, with new surprises in every chapter. I read the book in 2 sittings, only because I had to leave the house to run errands!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Uses Fiction to Illuminate Non-Fictional Scenario



Although I rarely read or review fiction, this book leaped into my consciousness, in part because I just reviewed a book on the Vatican and its use of spies as well as its vulnerability to spies from Italy and Germany, among others, and because I am very interested in the concepts of both institutional corruption vis a vis historical myths, and the alleged infallibility of the pope. More recently, I have taken an interest in religious subversion of national governments and policies, and strongly recommend Stephen Mumford's "The Life & Death of NSSM 200: How the Destruction of Political Will Doomed a U. S. Population Policy", which is still available from Amazon via the used book channels.The Da Vinci Code is most interesting, not because of its bashing of Opus Dei, but because it addresses what may be the core injustice in Catholicism (I was raised a Jesuit Catholic in Colombia, with roots in Spain): the concealment of the normal sexuality of Jesus, his marriage, and the fact that until the mid-1800's, the Church did not dare to claim that the Pope was infallible, and that all that preceded that claim was based merely on a man's prophecies. Jesus, in other words, can not lay any greater claim to our faith than Mohammed.Most relevant to me, as I consider the need for elevating women to positions of power because they are more intuitive, more integrative, and less confrontational than men, was the book's discussion of the origins of paganism (not satanic at all, but rather worshiping Mother Earth and specifically the human female mothers from whom life obviously emerged) and the manner in which the Catholic Church deliberately set out to slander Mary Magdalene, making her out to be a whore rather than the spouse of Jesus (from whom issue came), and murdering five million women in a witch-hunt and global psychological operations against women that has been mirrored by Islam in many ways, and that must, if we are to survive, be reversed by thoughtful people willing to think for themselves.This book, riveting in every way, suggested to me that we the people need to doubt the integrity and intentions of all our institutions, but especially the Catholic Church; and that we need to reverse the centuries of discrimination against women, restore the matriarchal roots of society, and again begin to respect the natural relationship between ourselves and the Earth that we have defiled precisely because we have allowed men to abuse women, and corporations to assume legal manly personalities abusive of governments and the tax-payer.This is a revolutionary book. If it causes you to question authority and re-think your relationships, you cannot have made a better purchase.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Great stuff!


I love good fiction, and the Da Vinci code is just that. It brings up a lot of issues that most people are just too frigtened to look into. ONe of them is that, maybe, just maybe, Jesus was a human being who lived like a human being!I also like the idea of there being a conspiracy, since one of the best books on the subject of Christianity is "The Christ Conspiracy," which I think everybody should read.Hey, it might not go so far as we'd like it to, but the Da Vinci Code is sure a start to findiung out the truth about religion.Wake up everybody!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
split decision


After finishing "The Da Vinci Code," my wife asked me to read it in order to get my "professional" opinion. I guess she wanted to feel like she was getting something for all those years she helped put me through graduate school. So, I was already reading it with one eye on historical detail, even through I realize it's a novel, it's just a story. Just because Indiana Jones isn't really archaeology, or Men In Black isn't really science doesn't mean you can't have a ripping good yarn. So, although it's "facts" are an incoherent mishmash of tabloid conspiracy theory, half baked higher criticism, and new age mush, it's still a passable airplane read.
When I had finished it, however, that's not what she asked first. She wanted to know, did I like it? And that was a more complicated question. On the one hand, a tale of a middle aged humanities teacher who suddenly finds that his studies actually have some real-world relevance and is off to high adventure with an attractive young French woman . . . . I mean, what's not to like (says the middle aged humanities instructor . . . .).
But throughout the book there was another element that I found a bit more disturbing. Yes, we're used to the standard conspiracy theory; from "Three Days of the Condor," to "JFK," to the "X-Files," to "The Bourne Identity," . . . it's always the establishment that is the true villain. In this particular instance the establishment is the Roman Catholic Church. True, there is a bit of posturing that permits the author to say that it is actually a rogue element within the church that is at fault (to go any farther as to the actual villain would interject an unconscionable spoiler into a review). But that was not the troubling part. Rather it was the breezy, off-hand way with which the author tossed out scurrilous accusations against Christianity itself. None of them are new or particularly insightful but, nevertheless, in the guise of his academic protagonist, we have Mr. Brown pontificating with feigned piety, that the "noble teachings of the simple Galilean teacher" were seized upon and bastardized by a greedy, violent, psychotic bunch of misogynists who have knowingly misled the gullible masses through all these centuries for their own evil ends. That's pretty ugly stuff.
I was reminded of a statement from Albert Schweitzer as he documented the "Quest of the Historical Jesus." "Lives of Jesus" had become something of a gladiatorial entertainment in the post-Enlightenment period. Many authors who wished to tweak and annoy the established hierarchy (both religious and political) used this arena as a way of venting their anti-clerical, anti-government views under the safety of academic freedom and scholarship. Schweitzer noted that "hate as well as love can write a Life of Jesus, and the greatest of them was written with hate . . . not so much hate of the Person of Jesus as of the supernatural nimbus with which it was so easy to surround him . . . ." What one senses from Mr. Brown is not hate, so much as simply contempt.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
A BRILLIANT BOOK...


First, I think it is WONDERFUL that one book can create such controversy and inspire over 2000 readers to write a review. I think that Dan Brown is one of the most brilliant writers of our time.It can be very disconcerting when basic core religious beliefs are scrutinized and examined. If you feel that it is wrong to ever question your beliefs or the Bible or Church - then it would probably be best not to read this book.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Klunky


I'm only about 50 chapters into the novel. but that's enough to say that the style is very klunky, and dotted with questionable assertons. Brown is not a smooth stylist.Minor point: Bishops here are always addressed as "Bishop," rather than "Your Excellency." Brown refers to "the Bishop of Philadelphia." For quite a few years, Philly has had a Cardinal Archbishop.On the positive side, the story is fair, and maintains some suspense. But the underlying thesis cannot be taken seriously.
The evidence is too thin.Brown sacrifices some credibility when he has his Brit expert say that Constantine codified the canon of the Bible. Nope. In general, Brown makes some ludicrous simplistic statements for dramatic effect.I would recommend the book as a imaginative, sensationistic thriller, but with qualifications.



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


Reading Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" brought me instantly back to the way I felt when I first tried John Grisham: this is the perfect author for someone who either has difficulty reading or doesn't really enjoy it. Strictly eighth grade level, at the most. No one you will ever meet in real life talks or acts remotely like Brown's banal characters in their contrived predicaments.The "DaVinci" plot could have been actually fascinating, but Brown's shallow, cliche characterizations and simplistic writing style are insulting. Any "Harry Potter" book is more intelligent and engrossing, not in any way meant as disrespect for J.K. Rowling by lumping her fine work in with this clap-trap.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Amazing Book, and I am a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN!


Just an overall amazing experience. I started and finished this book in a day. The book itself is exceptionally written. Even if it were a story with ideas and theories that are completely made up, it would still be great. However the fact that all the information in it is TRUE, makes it all that much better. Alot of hardcore Christians are screaming for this book's demise, but that would be beneficial to no one. I'll say it right now, that I would probably classify myself as one of those "Hardcore Chrisitians," and yet I found this book just amazing. If anything, one of the messages of the book is the reinforcement of there being a God. It simply states that the Bible we read and the things we are taught represent those thoughts and ideas CHOSEN FOR US TO THINK, by people in power thousands of years ago. Example. Did you know there were originally some 80 gospels? Not just the four from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that we have been told? Before reading this book I was not aware of that at all. The question then is raised, what was in these other 70+ gospels, and why were they not chosen? As someone simply looking to find a good book, then this is an A+ all the way. More interesting codes and plot twists than i've ever seen before. For someone not sure if they wish to dive into this because of the author's questioning of certain aspects of one's faith, then all I can say is invest the time and judge for yourself. Coming from a strong believer of God, you owe it to yourself and to your creator one important thing.
To follow what you believe, not follow what you have been told.



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