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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Breaking the code...

I carried a copy of this book with me to the seminary one day and was asked by one of my fellow students, 'How can you read that? It is so anti-catholic, isn't it?'Yes, there is an anti-catholic undercurrent here. It is part of the artistic license of an author to be able to get away with such things -- is it the author, or the stories and characters in the plot that are to blame? In fact, without the anti-catholic strand running through this novel, it loses some credibility; just as a show without the character you-love-to-hate would be diminished, so too would this novel. And that is how I have treated this (given that I generally have an anti-anti-catholic bias) -- it is a piece of the novel, and thus a piece of fiction. Often the pieces of history that would support this anti-catholic bias are historically inaccurate, and any good editor could catch them -- this is part of why I must view it as intended to be part of the fiction, rather than an essential element of the author's intention. As a diatribe against Catholicism specifically or religion generally, it would be a failure.As it is, The Da Vinci Code is an intriguing mystery novel with interesting characters and fascinating plot development. It reminds me in certain respects of Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose', with intricate plot developments that hinge on history, art, symbols, and mystery that might never be discerned. We have secret societies and great historical secrets here. The Priory of Sion (an actual ancient society) is featured, being the same society to which the murder victim (an art historian and museum director at the Louvre) and Da Vinci both belonged -- the secrets are handed down from age to age, and yet, appear in plain sight (through art work of Da Vinci, no less) for those clever enough, or with sufficient initiation into the gnostic knowledge, to understand.Age-old mysteries such as what exactly the Mona Lisa is smiling at, and what is the secret of the Holy Grail, get intertwined as the deepening mystery takes our hero Robert Langdon and heroine Sophie Neveu through Europe past and present. There is an element of Indiana Jones here, too, who had his own secret society trying to protect the secrets of the Grail. Also, the authorities are after the duo becomes the object of suspicion (due to Langdon's name being found in the final message of the murder victim, Sauniere) in addition to being the ones sorting out the mysteries.Again, reminiscent of Eco, there are multiple mysteries in multiple layers here. Symbols, language and linguistics, codes, and historical mysteries crop up on a regular basis as the chase commences in Paris and proceeds apace to London. There have been other murders! There are other issues involved! Is history about to be rewritten? Just what is history?In classic style, the real mystery is not who did the killing (although I'm not going to tell you that here, anyway), but rather why the murder (and the other murders) took place. This is the kind of book that draws one in and asks to be read again to make sure clues were not missed and dropped along the way. There is a relatively tight weave here, without too many loose ends. A good read, an intelligent mystery -- just remember, this is a work of fiction.
Four and a half stars.

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
The Publishing Phenomenon of the Century...So Far

If you haven't read "The Da Vinci Code" yet, you may as well get started now to find out what all the fuss is about. First published in 2003, TDVC is still on the New York Times bestseller list an amazing 112 weeks later. Now this illustrated edition adds to the buzz. Doubleday gets my vote for the best book marketing department on Earth. Hands down.

Why has this book been so successful? Why has it spawned an entire cottage industry of follow-on books? The writing is OK, not great. The plot is fun to follow, but nothing like the masterful work of Harlen Coben or Dennis Lehane. And the character development is only average. So what's the big deal?

Let's see: Murder in the Louvre. Tantalizing artistic clues propel our American hero and French heroine in search of the truth -- not just about the murder, but also about the "true" lineage of Jesus Christ. Religious fanatics (bad guys) try to stop them. And the chase is on!

Along the way, we learn many disturbing "secrets" that the Catholic Church has been supressing for centuries. Only a shadowy society of geniuses has kept the truth from being wiped away entirely. Thankfully, they've left a coded message for us in Europe's great artwork and architecture. (See the abundant beautiful photos and illustrations in this version.)

Bingo! Dan Brown has discovered the magic formula for a bestseller in the age of religious and political upheaval: Mix one part evil conspiracy, one part fringe theology and one part pseudo-history. Throw in some famous names, then season with the ultimate ingredient: Claim it's all true! People are buying the book in droves. It's a cultural phenomenon like the Beatles first trip to America. And now it's a coffee table book, too.

Of course, Dan Brown's "facts" are mostly nonsense. Anyone who thinks the Vatican has supressed the "Sacred Feminine" hasn't set foot in a Catholic Church recently. (See all those Virgin Mary statues?) But hey -- this is American pop culture. Let's have some fun! Dan Brown delivers that, at least, in spades.

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Captivating, Suspense Filled and Intellectual!!

This was the best book I have ever read. I have the special edition with pictures to help illustrate the story. The story keeps you guessing the entire time with constant unexpected twists. I could not put it down. The theme of the story itself really makes you think. It was highly recommended to me and now that I have read it I have to highly recommend it to others.

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Perseus Books Group Rating: 5/5
Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
The best yet!

Da Vinci Code leaves readers wanting more and Secrets of the Code satisfies the need. Written with care, intelligence, authority and intrigue, I found Secrets of the Code a cut above the look-alike treatises out there. This is the definitive text solving the mysteries of the "code" in an entertaining and convincing way.

Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
The Epitomy of a Page-Turner

Actually I haven't read the book yet ( but you can count on it now!). I am here to give a short rebuttal to the person signed as " a reader" from Brookline, MA ( see Real Junk, October 18). This reviewer says: "...there is no such profession as 'symbologist'..." - But YES there IS dear reader! And -surprise,surprise- one of the most famous of those, certainly the most visible in the public's awareness, is none other than Professor Umberto Eco. who is a specialist is SEMIOTICS, which deals with the language (and of course, the meaning) of "symbols" of all kinds. What Brown has done,was simply to call it (this profession, that is) another name. My point is that such profession DOES exist and is enjoying excellent health. I thought you'd like to know.

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