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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Pure fun...and a great page turner !


Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is a gripping page-turner. It has the same pace as TV's "24" - a sleuth needs to solve an impossible puzzle in 24 hours.A museum curator is murdered, but in death leaves clues to a century-old secret. A Harvard expert on religious symbolism and a French detective chase the clues through murder and mayhem. Around each bend we meet multi-dimensional characters - a few on the border of genius and madness.The plot is creative, yet unpredictable. In addition to enjoyment, the reader gets and education in religious history and symbolism - although quite a bit comes from the author's rich imagination. The language is realistic. The speed is spell-binding. It is a great read and I am exploring Brown's last novel. Enjoy!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
misleading info...good fiction


I loved "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. This is the first time that I have read one of his books and he has made me a fan already. I enjoyed the book from the first page to the last. I must say that the more I read, the more I wanted to read. I enjoy books with action and mystery and this definately is a favorite. I am sure that I will be reading this book over and over again in the future. If you haven't read it yet, you must!!



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
Excellent Effort


I'm not sure why in the world anyone would give this book 1-star. It's a good one that kept me wishing it was longer. Ease of use is a number one plus. And it gives LOTS of details about issues like the Priory of Sion, Witch Hunts, Knights Templar. Abanes also uses some truly cool sources-Wiccan, atheist, Gnostic (as well as Christian). He inserts biblical references almost without you knowing it, but it shows exactly as much as needs to be shown.A nice twist is how Abanes wrote for both the religious and non-religious community, even though he is an evangelical Christian. Very fair. Very balanced. Very astute.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Awesome Story yet Poor Explanation


First, the good points. Brown either did meticulous research or he has a vivid imagination; the fact that I can't decide which or how much of each he used is a virtue of the book, not a flaw. Architecture, art and religion get a better, more thorough (if fictional) treatment than they receive in most popular novels. Either way, the details that form the background and motivation for the story worked very well for me. The story moves quite quickly. For most of the book - save one or two transparent plot twists - the Brown's story kept me turning the pages. This is a excellent basic premise and creative creation.Now the bad news. The hype behind this book has been excessive. This is "Indiana Jones in Paris", with a melodramatic, frustratingly weak ending, and none of Jones' panache. The characters, especially the male and female leads, are humorless, colorless (readers of the book will detect the bad pun in this comment) and unable to earn my sympathy, interest or affection. Nelson DeMille does a much better job in this genre, with colorful, funny male leads and dashing, daring damsels. Jack Higgins used to write like this before he started to become repetitive. Some of the plot turns seem to be signaled well in advance. Without revealing them, suffice it to say, anyone with a smattering of knowledge about Da Vinci will easily see through one of the clues that sees to baffle our experts.For those who find the book to be demeaning to or libelous of Catholics, Opus Dei or other real or fictional religious sects, all I can say is "this is fiction," and leave it at that. Enjoy what you can of the artistic elements but be prepared for disappointment in the end.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code Sparks Interest in 10 Other Books


I finished reading this last night - 2 1/5 days total reading time, I just couldn't put it down. Now I won't claim that the book is an A+ Thriller/Mystery as I don't read those books and wouldn't be an educated critic - however, it did keep my complete attention at a busy time of the season (holidays)What I notice is that the book generated many questions for me and I am excited to learn more about lost religions. I am looking on Amazon for more titles that will continue me on the journey...What I notice is that many, many others are feeling the same as I - I checked the Amazon 100 Best Seller list moments ago and found the following titles - #5 - Angels & Demons
#8 - The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
#16 = The Gnostic Gospels
#22 - Holy Blood, Holy Grail
#28 - Lost Christianities
#37 - Lost Books of the Bibles
#48 - Beyond Belief - The Secret Gospel of Thomas
#74 - The Secret Teachings of Jesus
#86 - Nag Hammadi Library
#99 - The Complete Dead Sea ScrollsThis is the best flattery that a book can get - to spawn the interest into subjects that have been ignored by the mainstream for so long. Proof that there is interest in questioning the status quo. People are finally questioning and questioning is that best one can do to educate oneself. I think this book deserves many awards for the amazing impact it is creating.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
The worst book I've read in a long time.


A conspiracy/mystery story written in simplistic, episodic fiction. It's touted to be (according to the back cover) "an exhilarating brainy thriller." In fact, this book is simply horrible. The writing is as bland as anything I've ever read. The characters are as deep as a puddle of mud.What's most disturbing are the factual inaccuracies, and this book is filled with them. It begins with the word "FACT," and then seems to imply that everything in the story is somehow based on fact. But it's not, and Brown gets even simple things like dates wrong. For example, the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947, not in "the 1950's" as one of Brown's character's claims. Another example: One of Brown's characters says that in the non-canonical Gospel of Philip, Jesus refers to Mary Magdalene as his "companion," which in the Aramaic language is synonymous with "wife." The problem, though, is that the Gospel of Philip was not written in Aramaic but in Greek. The same character, Teabing, says the vote at the Council of Nicea was "relatively close." Sure: 300 to 3.An in-depth view of all the factual mistakes in this piece of trash can be found here: http://www.tektonics.org/davincicrude.ht m, with another good resource here http://www.waynecoc.org/DaVinciCode.html .The DaVinci Code is, in short, a waste of time. There is nothing good about the writing, and as far as the "facts" of the book go, about the only thing I would say is correct is the page numbering.



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
Da Vinci Code vs The Esau Swindle


Read The Da Vinci Code. Thought it was contrived. Thought The Esau Swindle was a better thriller. Viewed other reviews that compared the two books. I agree that The Esau Swindle is better than Da Vinci Code.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
Publisher: Cook Communications
Authors: James Garlow
Rating: 5/5
Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
Having the faith of a child...


The Da Vinci code shows that Bible Prophecy is being fulfilled by Dan Brown as a false prophet. His address to the masses hunger for their own interpretation of morals and values and their acceptance of it shows Jesus is coming soon. Be prepared. Cracking the Da Vinci Code has amazing arguements that show Dan Brown's "fictional" book is trying to undermind what is real and will withstand any sort of rumors in the end. One day the truth will be revealed. Garlow and Jones will be blessed no matter what people say against them because they speak the truth. These two authors are not even Catholic rather show the quest to reveal the truth that Catholicism has it's dark periods however, in the end God will prevail. This shows their unbias quest for the truth that is scrambled and written falsely by Dan Brown.



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
Better Facts but a Poor Argument


To be honest, I never gave much thought to Dan Brown's novel The DaVinci Code being anything more than fiction. I find the book to be fun and certainly provocative but, first and foremost, a novel. In other words, "based on facts" or no, simply fiction. The fact that the Church would find it necessary to defend itself against the assertions of this novel never occurred to me. And yet, here we have a book that purports to point out all of the misinformation in this novel.

On one level, this book does exactly what it purports to do: it goes through a number of important points explaining the meaning of gnosticism, the Church's stand on Mary Magdalene and the divinity of Jesus, and certain historical points about Constantine, the Templars and so on. The authors also take a stab at artistic analysis with DaVinci's painting of Mona Lisa, The Madonna of the Rocks and The Last Supper. They make a good solid case for the Church's position and against the "facts" of Brown's novel.

Unfortunately, the authors are not going to convince anyone who is not already on their side. The fact that this book is written with a scholarly tone and an overabundance of footnotes doesn't help but the main reason is their attitude. Any writers who automatically dismiss and talk down to the very audience they should be trying to reach are going to lose. These authors' obvious disdain for people who might be swayed by Brown are automatically going to put these readers on the defensive. Of course, this may simply be a reflection of the Church's attitude right now and why so many Catholics are falling away.

The authors would have been better served by controlling some of their inflammatory language against other authors (Brown, Margaret Starbird and the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, for example) and "radical feminists" and simply making their argument. It is unfortunate that the Catholic Church has not done a better job at educating its flock, leaving them open to being misled, but the fact remains that talking down to the flock is not going to get them back.

What I think is so often forgotten is that the important things under discussion are ultimately matters of faith, not fact. We simply cannot know what Constantine's motivations were. We can argue about it and bring history, archeology and the like into play. But we cannot know. Or, more importantly, we cannot know that Jesus was divine and never had relations with Mary Magdalene; rather, we believe. And if the Church is going to sway people in their direction, their going to need to be open to the fact that there actually are arguments on both sides and that "because we say so" is not convincing, especially given the Church's track record with truth. What we need to have is the better argument.

This book has better facts but not a better argument. As a Catholic, I had hoped for better.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Suspend your disbelief.


This was an excellent book. Much better than "The Rule of Four". Do not worry about what other reviewers have written about this book not being accurate. It is a fictional (stress on fiction) work.

Reading this book is like going to the theatre. In theatre, you have to allow yourself to believe what you know to be fake. Do the same thing with this book. While reading it, allow yourself to believe but don't put too much stock in this book being true.

It is a great testament to the author that his fictional work can make the reader actually wonder for a moment if the book could actually be factual as opposed to fanciful.

Read it, but remember...fiction.



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