List of Da Vinci Code book reviews starting with P

Pretty Dumb compared to my novel
Publisher's Weekly Agrees
Pure fun...and a great page turner !
Page Turner of the Year!
Page Turner!
Paul Michael is awesome
Pins and Needles
Provocative , disturbing, insightful....and a great read!

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Hate God? You'll love this book!

This is a fairly well thought out thriller, but it becomes apparent soon enough that the main thrust of this book is that The Bible is not the word of God, but just a collection of fiction.There are plenty of good books that don't make a Christian feel dirty reading them. This one is a waste of time.

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
All you "intellectuals" need to lighten up

This is a very good book. Period.I noticed a lot of "smart" people complaining about inaccuracies in the grammer and historical elements of this book. Hey, THIS IS A FICTIONAL NOVEL. And a good one. It's well written and very entertaining. Are some elements kind of stretch? Yes. Do they detract from the story? On the contrary.This should be on your read list unless you're too obstinate to overlook the fiction portions of the book.Having said all that, I will say that I did not enjoy this book as much as Angels & Demons for 2 primary reasons. 1) the characters in this novel are too similar to those in A&D. 2) there are times in this novel where Mr. Brown seems to think that his characters need to stop using their brains long enough to let the ready "solve" a problem or "crack" a code. The main characters seemed to have the hardest time solving the easiest problems. He writes these instinces off by insinuating that they are trying too hard or looking too deep, but it comes off like a blatant attempt to allow us, the readers, to show how brilliant we are by solving something before the characters do. Regardless, this is a great novel....just not quite a great as Angels & Demons.

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

I enjoy all of this writer's books. His characters are always characters the reader can connect with and his plots always deliver!

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: 4/5
The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code
"To deceive the elect--if that were possible!" (Mark 13:22)

It's an odd day when a non-fiction thriller needs rebutting. But the consternation brought about by Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" made a response necessary. In "The Da Vinci Hoax," authors Carl Olson (Catholic author and editor) and Sandra Miesel (a Catholic journalist who writes on history, art and hagiography) go head to head with the assertions in Brown's book, demonstrating one inconsistency or egregious error after another.

Olson and Miesel use historical fact, scholarship and logic to demonstrate that many of Brown's assertions about the Church and its history are wrong or misconstrued. Belief in the divinity of Christ, for instance, goes back to the 1st century -- not the 4th as Brown asserts. The Council of Nicaea was not manipulated by Emperor Constantine to decree that Christ was divine. It definitively settled the argument about the *nature* --not the fact -- of his divinity. Also, it was long-standing Christian practice, not a Constantinian edict, that had Christians worshipping on Sunday. The authors also share scholarly consensus on the late dating of gnostic writing, which Brown falsely treats as contemporaneous alternatives to the canonical gospels. Olson/Miesel *facts* trump Brown *fancy* every time.

"The Da Vinci Hoax" also makes clear Brown's more-than-strong reliance on "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and "The Templar Revelation." Rather than doing his own research, it seems that he not only lifted these books' spurious conclusions, but their verbiage as well.

"The Da Vinci Hoax" very occasionally suffers from a defensiveness evident in Roman Catholics who see their Church under constant attack. The book would have been stronger, for instance, if it distinguished "feminists" who are hostile toward the Church from those who properly seek to challenge the flawed logic that underpins some longstanding and non-dogmatic "certainties." In my experience, very few feminists are incipient or actual goddess worshippers.

Carping aside, "Hoax" is an important effort to counteract the body blow that some peoples' faith took from reading Brown's book. The assertions in "The Da Vinci Code" should have been met with raucous, dismissive laughter. That they were met with stunned silence and even acceptance should alert pastors about serious shortcomings in religious education. I recommend "The Da Vinci Hoax" strongly to these pastors and to all who want or need an antidote to the falsehoods that Brown is passing off as truth.

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Promising start, stumbling finish

Dan Brown has written an immensely enjoyable thriller that will grab your attention on the opening pages. Blending vivid characters with fact, fiction, history, speculation and myth, The Da Vinci Code takes the reader on a fast paced search for the identity of a murderer. The victim is the renowned curator of the Louvre, a man of diverse interests who uses clues originally planted by Leonardo Da Vinci and others, to protect and preserve an ancient secret.Rousted from his hotel bed by the French Police; Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor and symbologist is brought to the galleries of the Louvre to witness and interpret the scene of the crime. Clearly the victim intended to communicate a message, however the meaning of it is as mysterious as the motive behind his murder. Aided by the granddaughter of the victim, a trained cryptologist, Langdon is thrust into a frenzied search for a killer; a search that might also lead to the answer of Christendom's most revered mystery, the Holy Grail itself!Nothing is ever quite what it seems, as each puzzle unfolds to reveal yet another question to answer. Doubt regarding allies and enemies persists as agents from French and British law enforcement, religious historians, the Vatican and Opus Dei jockey with the protagonists for the possession of a secret maintained by the mysterious Priory of Sion for almost two millennia.What sets this novel apart from the usual murder/pursuit genre is Mr. Brown's ability to merge details from art history, symbology, mathematics, forensics and theology into such a readable story. Descriptions like "page-turner" and "couldn't put it down" are more than appropriate for The Da Vinci Code. You'll find yourself racing the characters to interpret the various clues and puzzles, while breathlessly awaiting each turn of the plot. Upon reaching the end, the only question that might remain is "exactly how much is true... and how much is fiction?"

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