List of Da Vinci Code book reviews starting with N

Not only entertaining but thought provoking
Now I Understand the Brouhaha
Nonstop Scavenger Hunt, Chase Scene
Next to John Grisham, Dan Brown is the Best!
Not Your Typical Whodunit
Nevermind the man behind the curtain


Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
prepare to suspend your disbelief


I usually bore easily when it comes to reading novels, but Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" kept me intrigued from beginning to end. His attention to detail was amazing. I was in France a few years ago and found his descriptions of the Lourve Museum painstakingly accurate. Each plot twist made me want to finish the book even faster to see how it would end. I hope to see Brown write more novels involving the symbologist Robert Langdon. I just bought Brown's earlier novel "Angels and Demons", hoping his earlier works are on par with "The DaVinci Code". It was an excellent book....Highly recommended



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: 5/5
Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine
Essential for DaVinci Code fans


Bart Ehrman is a specialist on ancient Christian documents (orthodox and gnostic) and correctly understands Jesus to have been a mistaken apocalyptic prophet. He was made to write a book like this. Most responses to The DaVinci Code have come from defensive evangelicals, but this is a refreshing analysis by an expert.

It's sad that a critique like this is even necessary. Are people so gullible that they can't recognize sensationalism when they see it? Apparently not, especially when Dan Brown misleads them by claiming that "all descriptions of documents" in his novel "are accurate" (page 1 of The DaVinci Code). Ehrman sets the record straight: (1) Q is not a scandalous document concealed by the Vatican (?!); it's a hypothetical source which many scholars believe contained material common to Matthew and Luke. (2) The Dead Sea Scrolls are not Christian documents; they are Essene. (3) Gnostic gospels like Thomas do not present a more human Jesus than the gospels of the New Testament; just the opposite, they present a more divine Jesus. (4) Indeed: "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)

But this book is more than just a catalog of Dan Brown's stupidities (the word is not too strong). It's an elegant tour through ancient sources and teaches us about the historical Jesus, the historical Mary, apocalyptic Christianity, gnostic Christianity, various Christian views of women and the "divine feminine", and what really happened at the Council of Nicea. (As any student of Christian history knows, the gathering at Nicea was not, contra Brown, to decide whether or not Jesus was divine; everyone believed that, and had believed it for centuries!)

People like to learn history through entertainment, and this is a good thing. We should rejoice at the attempts of novelists and film directors to bridge us with the past. Parke Godwin's Sherwood is a superb novel penetrating through the myths of Robin Hood -- fiction, to be sure, but based on plausibility and accurate depictions of figures like William the Conqueror. The same is true of Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles (about King Arthur). And I even liked Mel Gibson's Passion, despite its own historical problems. But Dan Brown's DaVinci Code is silly beyond measure -- as silly as it is popular. It isn't based on anything remotely plausible. It owes to fantasy, a misrepresentation of ancient documents, and a crackpot theory (Jesus married Mary Magdalene and sired a "Holy Grail" lineage) discredited back in the '80s.

Ehrman's book is accessible, fun to read, and part of a growing trend in scholarly responses to religious novels and films. It's sure to interest people further in a subject they would otherwise have never thought to pursue. For that reason alone we can thank Dan Brown for writing such a laughable novel.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Indiana Jones for nerds


When my daughter asked me what this book was like, I thought "Indiana Jones for nerds" was an apt description. The main character is even described as looking like Harrison Ford. Regardless, this is a fast paced story, helped along by short chapters. There are some really eye opening historical facts discussed in this novel, so much that I want to read more on this subject. So, in summary, the story itself is great, but I felt the writing style of the author was a little melodramatic. If you can get past that "over the top" style, you will enjoy this book.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
Just one more historical inaccuracy...


I have already reviewed this book, but I have just remembered what is perhaps one of the most important inaccuracies of this book.It says that the Divine name (YHVH) is taken from Jehovah, a combination of some male God's name and eve, however it is the other way around.Around 400BC the jews stopped saying the divine name, saying 'Adonai' (my lord) or 'ha-shem' (the name) instead. Now, hebrew is written without vowels, so around 1000AD the Masorites (jewish monks) put in vowel points because they realized that hebrew was dying out as spoken language, so they added vowels so that people would still be able to read and pronounce the words of the tanakh (kind of like the Old Testament...same books, differant order. Refers to Torah (law), Nevi'im (prophets), and Ketuvim (writings)) When they came across the divine name, they had a dilema, someone reading the Tanakh out loud may accidentally say the name outloud, defying 1400 year convention and rabbinic law. They had a simple solution, they did not put in the vowels for YHVH (modern reconstruction would say that it was originaly most likely 'Yahveh') but rather added the vowels for 'adonai' making Y+a+h+o+v+a+h = yahovah, this is an unpronouncible word in hebrew (two sylable word, because the 'o' is frequently not written, the first vowel is whats called a 'vocal sheva' something which cant be alone in a sylable-take my word for it) so anyone reading would say 'Hey! I can't pronounce that, must be ha-shem'. So jews (being intelligent people-I'm a christian by the way, we are the 'dumb' ones) knew not to say it, but in 1000-1500AD period, christian (german) monks came across it and without pause, with no regard for the language, simply said 'Jehovah' while I imagine the jews just looked on either shaking their heads or laughing hilariously. So there you have it! The Christians invented the name Jehovah, it's not our God's name after all! Plus, Jehovah came out of YHVH, not the other way round, this male god plus eve stuff is nonsense.So, if you've read to this point, congratulations, you have had an actual history lecture, perhaps Dan Brown should read. If I have inspired you to learn Hebrew, good! It's a great language, I love it, makes Greek look so silly.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
TAKE YOUR TIME BEFORE DECIDING TO READ THIS ONE . . .


________________________________________ _____________It appears, with 2381 reviews as of this posting, that many people have at least heard something about this book that's made them curious enough to buy and read it . . . and that's fine, that's how it works. That isn't really how it happened with me though. It was an impulse buy off the stand of a book store. I didn't talk with anyone about it or read any reviews other than the short sketch on the back cover which mentioned a secret society of famous artists and scientists from history and a dangerous action-packed chase leading up to an "unpredictable and stunning conclusion." All I can do is give you my honest opinion:Although THE DA VINCI CODE starts out interestingly enough with a gripping murder amid bizarre circumstances and a somewhat believeable investigation, the action becomes too repetitious and the book soon shows what fiction at its worst is all about. The characters and their development are cliche and ridiculous to the point of being comical, but that alone is not the problem. The real bore to me concerns how many of the mysteries' outcomes (i.e. Sophie's geneological identity, the missing orb on Sir Isaac Newton's tomb, etc.) are totally predictable from about the first third of the book onward.More importantly, though obviously fictitious, I found myself quite offended at the subject matter of the main plot. The story is blasphemous in the extreme, though nowadays I'm probably among a small minority that would even care. It argues that paganism is at the true heart of Christianity. Fiction can sometimes veil ideas that people take into their minds and twist into fact (some of the reviews here illustrate this). The thing that kept me reading in the face of all this was the hope that a development in the storyline would put things right in the end, but this hope was in vain. One review I read here makes the somewhat lucid point that this is all in fun, the book is only fiction and that one should forget these things and simply have fun and enjoy it. I can agree with this only up to a point. Fiction should be fun, but when it starts making a mockery of sacred things - pointed directly at the Savior, even in the context of fiction, it looses me in a hurry.I try to be as positive as I can in doing these reviews but this time I'm sorry, the hype and high recommendations some are giving this book are undeserved. The only redeeming quality that I could find is the fact that, yes, it is fast paced. This should provide you some mercy in being able to get through it quickly - if you make the regrettable decision to waste your time reading it like I did. Truly, there are much better fictional novels out there!



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