Da Vinci Code book related reviews


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


Overall, avid readers of well crafted stories will be mesmerized and thrilled with "The Da Vinci Code".(To qualify this statement, I refer to "well crafted stories" as meaning commonly accepted top library recommendations, critics' picks, and book club selections like "The Secret Life of Bees", "Mystic River", "My Fractured Life", and "The Way the Crow Flies.")A mystery that exists on multiple levels, "The Da Vinci Code" masterfully traces the secret life of a distinguished man as revealed to his cryptographer daughter through clues only after his untimely demise.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Perseus Books Group Rating: 1/5
Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code
Wow, methinks Burstein has been..........


sipping a little too much out of the fruit jar. Not to mention rounding up every fruitcake he could find to write reviews on a work of fiction, things that don't exist, and other people places and things that provide absolutely no credible proof as to whatever it is they are saying. Combine this with his cheap shot at President Bush, which is also unproven, and you have another work of fiction writing about fiction.
I'm surprised Burstein didn't gather together all his liberal and leftist whackos to write a review on Little Red Riding Hood.
Burstein would have been a lot better off reading some of the other books on DVC before indulging in this escapade. Of course, that would not have been timely enough to cash in on the craze, would it?
Most of the historical incidents Dan Brown talks about are myths or gross exaggerations based on incidents of much less historicity than he "explains".
Only radical feminists would overlook the fact that the Bible and Christian teachings are full of heroic stories of women, and that Jesus may really be the first "feminist."
Only an uneduated fool would believe the Catholic church murdered millions of women. I'm sorry, but you folks who bought that lie shouldn't have slept through history classes. Time to get out the history books and brush up a little on reality. Then, after you do a little homework, read some of the other books on DVC that clearly point out the errors in DVC. After you do that, check around a little. There are some people in some religions that also believe Jesus and Mary might possibly have been married. But I doubt any of them believe they started a new blood line of royalty.
Oh, yeah, and who cares what Leonardo portrayed in his art? Since when was he an authority on the life of Christ. He hated the church, which should tell you a little bit about his lifestyle.
Now, get on with the search for better books on DVC. You might be surprised, and really learn something. That comment was for liberals only.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Fascinating page-turning mystery, but is it historical?


I like to work logic puzzles and I love a good plot-filled mystery with lots of surprises, and this one had them in abundance. And the city of Paris in general and the Louvre museum in particular are made to order for heart-pounding thrillers, and this book is no exception. The symbolism is wildly fascinating,the characterizations are good, the pace is fast, and the twists and turns of the plot kept me on the edge of my seat.However, I had two problems with the book -- or maybe I can say ONE objection with two aspects, and each objection cost it one star in my evaluation.1. There are a lot of historical "facts" given here that challenge the teachings of Orthodox Christianity (both Catholic and Protestant). I won't go into detail about them here, but I'll say this: I wish the author had given some good, solid sources so that we, the readers, could have checked on the sources ourselves. One of the characters in the story states that many "respected" historian-scholars could corroborate the view about the "real" meaning of the Holy Grail and the "real" history of Christ. I would have liked to know who they were. I also would like to have known if the story's take on the life of Christ, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail legend was an honest-to-goodness historical view or one invented by the author for the story's purpose. 2. I also felt like the author was "blaming" Christianity for the bad treatment of women. Maybe he wasn't, and I misunderstood him. But I feel it is important to mention that the church did not invent the bad treatment of women. This is important to know, because while the church(both Catholic and Protestant) has left a lot to be desired in its treatment of women, the view of women as inferiors (which is unBiblical, by the way) was in existence long before the church ever came into being.Anyone who has studied Western Civilization and/or Far Eastern history will know that ancient cultures, many of whom had a plethora of female deities, still treated their women like dirt. The ancient Greeks held women in contempt -- just read Aristotle, who lived before Christ. Ancient and not-so-ancient India and China have historically mopped up the floor with women, female deities in their culture notwithstanding.I know what an extreme patriarchal mindset some churches have -- as a woman I have been on the receiving end of it. But let's not blame Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular for causing it. Misogyny is extremely ancient!The book is worth reading, but before taking any of its claims as truly historical, it behooves us all to check out our facts!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
da Vinci, Brown and the Occult


If you enjoy reading books on the occult, mysticism, astrology and abhor Christianity and Catholicism you will like this novel. Brown starts out with a pretty good mystery and then transforms it into the absurd. Christ fathered a child? The Bible and thousands of written records are totally irrelevant when Brown cites "authoratative sources". My biggest regrets: 1) I not only read this garbage to the end but 2) I actually paid money for this tripe. Even as fiction this premise is hard to swallow.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
For a work of fiction; this book was entertaining; you just


have to realize that it is just pure fiction! It was well written but the answer to the riddle was so elementary that it took the razamatazz out of the ending. Certainly not all it was hyped up to be; but a good effort at confusing and bamboozling the public. Surely we were not meant to believe these 'historical facts'!!My advice is just to read it, enjoy it and next time read the reviews first before buying. You can't always believe the hypsters!



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


The hero of our story Robert Langdon is in Paris on business hrecieves a phone call thar curator of the Louvre has been murdered.Langdon had been scheduled to meet with the curator that night but the curator failed to show.A ciphered message is found on the floor near the body.Langdon teams up with French Cryptologist Sophie Neveu to try to solve this mystery.Many of the clues lie within the works of DaVinci.
Langdon discovers that the curator was involved with the Priory of Sion a secret society whose members include Sir Isaac
Newton,Botticelli,Victor Hugo,and Da Vinci.He believes that this society is hunting for an ancient secret.
Neveu and Langdon race across Paris and London trying to out wit a secret powerbroker.His identity will shock you.The ending of the book will shock you as well.
This is an excellent book that I enjoyed reading.It is definitely classified as a page turner.



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: 1/5
Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
Do you like to form your own opinion? Then don't buy this.


First of all, I haven't read The Da Vinci Code and probably never will. However, I am well aware of the basis for the storyline. After years of studying Christian history and the apocryphal texts of the Old and New Testaments, I can honestly say that Cracking the Da Vinci Code is simply two men's biased rant on what they believe to be an attack on their religion; totally disregarding the fact that Dan Brown's novel is fiction. I've also read many of the books that Brown used for reference and I find it laughable that this large print, under 200 page book is enough to discount thousands of pages of research into this subject. The authors may be scholars, but this is not scholarly research. YOU CANNOT PROVE ANYTHING BY QUOTING THE BIBLE. Man, this book is lame.What's worse, a third of these 200 pages is a story about a young girl named Carrie who falls in with a cult based around The Da Vinci Code. No, I swear....I'm not making this up. There's a line that says, "Come on Carrie, It's time we put into action what Dan Brown is talking about." The authors of this book actually go as far as to proclaim The Da Vinci Code as "religious propaganda". They write that Dan Brown has a hidden agenda that consists of destroying the Christian religion and replacing it with a pagan one. While reading this (it took all of three hours....is that worth your 11 bucks?) I found myself replying over and over, "That's true, but only to an extent." This book is riddled with countless half-truths that only serve the purpose of keeping the fundamentalists happy.What I find most amusing is this: the evidence of Jesus' and Mary's marriage together does not begin with French traditions, it begins in the New Testament itself. Not the coptic scrolls or any other gnostic source....but the New Testament canon. Anyone with an objective view and an understanding of Jewish traditions can easily discern the possibility that Jesus' and Mary's marriage by simply reading the New Testament. Peter Jones, who apparently can read Hebrew, doesn't seem to have a complete grasp on ancient jewish culture.This book is written by fundamentalists, for fundamentalists. Anyone who can appreciate research material that presents evidence rather than an opinion should stay away from this biased drivel.



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: 1/5
Cracking Da Vinci's Code: You've Read the Fiction, Now Read the Facts
What a rip off! Save your money and skip this one.


I'd like to thank "Mark A." for his "review" and amusing comments. Do you feel better now? At least you've convinced me that reading the Garlow/Jones' book would be a complete waste of time! Fundamentalists are proof that God has a sense of humor!



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


This is the first book I've read since High School and it opened the floodgates towards excitement, intrigue and elightenment that rocks the foundation of belief.



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


I enjoyed this book very much.
It was a well written book and kept me interested through out the entire book.
In fact, I have read the rest of Dan Brown's other books and enjoyed them as well.



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