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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code is not only the greatest book of the year


The Da Vinci Code is by far probably the best book I have ever read. This thriller sets the hook of all hooks and drags the reader along. I couldn't put it down. I was on my computer researching the historical information from the painting just to see that they were true! Dan Brown is pure genius!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
I can see the movie already


The premise that the established Church has made every effort to bury the truth about the humanity of Christ is interesting and I admire Brown's imagination (or erudition). Unfortunately, The Da Vinci Code is not a well written novel. The short "cliff hanger" chapters were tedious and the characters were one dimensional (and unbelievable.) The book did motivate me to learn more about the history of Christianity and for that I am grateful.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Page-turner with a clever foundation, but . . . . . .


Much ado about nothing concerning the historical inaccuracies in this book. Being a bit of an art sleuth myself I examined the cover and noticed the words "a novel" cleverly hidden several centimeters above Mona Lisa's left eye. All caps, white on black.Having uncovered Dan Brown's `secret' before I opened the book, I was able to enjoy this read for what it is: A nice whodunit with an intriguing premise that runs clumsily out of gas about half way through. I suspect Mr. Brown had a deadline to meet or perhaps got impatient with his work. Too bad, because for about 200 pages this is about as good a read as you're going to find anywhere. But when I got to the end of the quest I really didn't care at all how things were resolved. The second half of the book becomes sort of character pinball, with many sudden changes of direction for all involved.The questions about the life of Jesus, secrets in the works of the Masters, and the mystery of the Holy Grail have all been out there and discussed for all of my lifetime and for centuries before, I'm sure. Brown deserves a lot of credit for putting them together so cleverly in modern mystery form. If he'd taken the same care with the second half of his novel as he did with the beginning we might be looking at a work of the stature of Follett's "Pillars of the Earth", instead we're left with a good detective story that gets just a little zany towards the end.All of the above said, it is a page-turner and deserves three stars.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
More than Holy Blood, Holy Grail


As the curator for Magdalene.org, I don't often read much good fiction that mentions Mary Magdalene. "The Da Vinci Code," however, was a smashing good read as far as the most recent Jesus/Mary Magdalene legend goes. I don't want to spoil it (any more than has already been done in other reviews here), but if you've read "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," (HBHG) you know which legend I'm referring to.The vital difference I'd like to point out, however, is that Dan Brown has incorporated the most recent additions to this legend since HBHG was published. Most notably, the work of Margaret Starbird, author of "The Woman With The Alabaster Jar," "The Goddess In The Gospels," and recently, "Magdalene's Lost Legacy." Two of these books are even referenced by Brown in the text. So if you finish "The Da Vinci Code" and are hungry for more reading on this legend, you will probably want to start with Starbird.As far as the novel itself goes, it isn't terribly challenging, but it IS entertaining. As someone who doesn't often read novels, I was happy I read this one.



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


What a piece of anti-Catholic psycho-babble junk. The author attempts to fuse feminism and mysticism with a conspiracy run by the Vatican. My wife gave it to me for Father's Day and I worked my way through it hoping something interesting would happen. My sister then gave it to me for my birthday and I refused it. The writing is terrible. If this is what the popular novel has come to it is another sign that the apocalypse is upon us.



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


I waited and waited for the greatness and finally for the great finish and I was disappointed.
Kind of formulaic, touching on concepts and objects that fascinate many to gain readers interest.



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


I am not an expert on the historical backdrop of the book. Even if one were to assume that the background the author provides is accurate, the book itself is very poorly written. The book feels like watching a really bad action movie. Each chapter in the book is approximately two pages in length. Furthermore, successive chapters are different threads in the plot. This leads to disruptions in your thought process. In my opinion, the hype surrounding this book is unwarranted and the book is certainly not worth a read.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Fact and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Bridegroom Press
Authors: Steve Kellmeyer
Rating: 5/5
Fact and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code
Answered my questions


If you are looking to get preached at, you'll probably like this book -- especially, if you're Catholic. I suppose there is a place for a book like this to soothe those whose faith is so fragile that it could be shaken by ideas portrayed in a novel -- a work of fiction designed to entertain. I just wish its title weren't so misleading -- the book doesn't discuss facts so much as theology. Something like "Theological Errors in the Da Vinci Code, a Catholic Perspectic" would have been a more accurate title, although I suspect it would not have sold as well. I'm prepared to accept the author's theological positions as correct, I'm just not terribly interested in them. The book's approach is to skip around the novel, picking and choosing bits and pieces that serve as useful springboards to a discussion of the correct doctrinal view from a Catholic perspective. For example, the discussion of Chapter 1 of The Da Vinci Code takes issue with a single phrase in that chapter: "Pain is good". This phrase is uttered by a fictional character in the book, who whispers these words to a person he has just murdered. The character is a "Catholic layperson", to use the author's description, which is why this statement is problematic. The author seems to be less disturbed by the fact that this "Catholic layperson" has just committed a murder than by the idea that he would say "pain is good". According to the author, no "well-trained" Christian would ever say such a thing. On the heels of this rather dubious assertion, the author launches into a multi-page discussion of why the phrase "pain is good" is contrary to Catholic doctrine. That is the sum total of the discussion of the first chapter of the novel. So, what exactly was the factual issue here? If the character had said something like "the Catholic Church teaches that pain is good", then the author's discussion would have made sense as an effort to correct a factual error about Catholic doctrine contained in the novel. However, the character does not say this or anything like it -- the character seems to be expressing a personal belief that may well be at odds with Catholic doctrine. Perhaps the character is a heretic; perhaps the character is not "well-trained"; perhaps the character was referring to his own pain in committing the murder, which the author himself suggests could be a theologically defensible statement under Catholic doctrine. In effect, the entire discussion of "pain is good" struck me as an example of the "straw man" technique -- put words into your opponent's mouth and then refute those very words. Much of the rest of the book is in the same vein. Obviously, The Da Vinci Code has hit a nerve with this author, as well as with some readers. While that is regrettable, it is also inevitable in a pluralistic society. Certainly, the author and those who agree with him are entitled to their views; but, they are not entitled to take ten dollars from me -- or anyone else -- under false pretences. In short, the book flies under false colors; and I believe that anger at this may be the root source of the "vitriol" noted by one reviewer in some of the negative reviews.



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


A marvel of a book that perfectly blends the art of entertainment with wonderous, albeit theoretic, conclusions. I've read past reviews about this book being outlandish and completely out of line and all I have to say to those commentaries is: Get A Life! Well schooled in history, especially ancient history, I have only come to one factual conclusion in my life - that history is imperfect. Brown said it well himself, and I paraphrase, 'history is regurgitated fables that contstantly replay themselves.' If this is true, if history is indeed imperfect and merely blurred sketches of real truth, then isn't it safe to say that nothing is pristine - nothing is void of error? There are many instances where Brown might take some poetic license, but when he discusses the issue of women - he's dead on. His pagan and Native American (or tribal) research and how they respected women as great contributors to that perfect balance, (ying/yang), is well documented in many respected historical texts. I'm afraid that some of our devout Christian readers would like to 'turn the other cheek' when it comes to women's suffering and how it relates to the Church, but the truth is the Church very much fostered centuries of the feminine banishment from civilization (i.e: Salem). Being a man of faith myself, I personally cannot be swayed from believing in a higher power, however, I welcome all challenges knowing that I am only human and admittedly no squat when it comes to this immense universe we all share. Logically, it makes sense that we all came from 'some' kind of higher source, but acting like I definitely know what that source is just underlines how human I truly am. So for all you Bible beaters out there take notice, the Bible was written by man, man himself is imperfect (the Good Book would be the first to admit to that!), so the question begs - isn't the Bible somewhat imperfect? And if so, how is Brown any more misguided? I mean, he is a man - who wrote a book.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Quick fun but...


The last book that was intellectually challenging enough to keep me running to my computer or dictionary was Dennis Miller's "The Rants." That was nearly 5 years ago. "The DaVinci Code" aroused such curiosity in me, that I had to stop reading many times, to log on to the Internet for more fact finding. One of the first pages of the book states that all architecture, religious rituals, and art referred to in this novel are factual. This hooks me every time. Dan Brown is a master of the intelligent novel. I didn't feel as if I was wasting my time reading a mere murder mystery; I was learning something new with the turn of each page. Yes, sometimes there were too many coincidences, and some of the dialogue was trite; these sins pale in light of his obvious knowledge of the subject at hand. I can forgive most slights of plot and/or dialogue when the book's details are scathingly accurate, and well written.I am not a radical feminist, yet I rather enjoyed the intimations in this book that the Catholic Church has been responsible for the opression of women. Since men were "in charge," in the name of "God," the Catholic Church has condoned, initiated, and funded the systematic elimination of women from many historical documents. Some documents have placed Mary Magdalene at the side of Jesus, during the last supper. More secret documents charged that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were "married" and had children. Oh, GASP! This discovery could discredit the very foundation upon which the Catholic Church has carefully built its wealthy empire! Its devout, fearful, tithing and obeisant legion of followers may have a change of heart! Whatever you may infer from the research and facts given in "The DaVinci Code," it stands alone as a stunningly well written novel, guaranteed to keep you up long past your bed time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and bought two other Dan Brown books, based only on the quality of "The DaVinci Code."



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