The Da Vinci Code: A Novel by Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code: A Novel by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code: A Novel

byDan Brown

Hardcover | March 18, 2003

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While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.

THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.

Heather's Review

This is mystery writing at its best: gripping, intelligent, and original. A brilliant Harvard professor and a beautiful French cryptologist get mixed up with Opus Dei, a deeply devout yet highly controversial Catholic sect.

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DAN BROWN is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, and Deception Point. He lives in New England.
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Title:The Da Vinci Code: A NovelFormat:HardcoverPublished:March 18, 2003Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385504209

ISBN - 13:9780385504201

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the davinci code - illustrated version great book! the illustrated version is definitely worth it - it helps you actually readily be able to see what the art the book talks about looks like. great for a book where artwork is essential to the plot. great mystery book - amazing plot.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mystery book! Was given to me as a gift and I could not be happier. It's super interesting and keeps you on the edge! I've recently begun reading mystery novels and can honestly say this is a great one to begin with. I love the illustrations of the different pieces of art and buildings talked about in the book, it gives a great visual representation and sets the stage for what's happening. I've never never really read any illustrated novels until now either, but will definitely be buying more after this. Worth your time and money!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Begging to be Fact Checked! I found both the novel and the movie adaptation enjoyable. Whether you regard the premise far fetched or likely is dependent on your personal beliefs. However Dan Brown presents a fast paced speculative and entertaining journey through thought provoking prose begging to be Fact Checked but save that urge for the next read or his next book.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Da Vinci Code An interesting mystery full of suspense and unpredictability.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad Pretty decent, its a page turner for sure
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a fan I really love classic literature, but when the odd book gets as big as this one has, I'll take a quick read. I can see the appeal, but it just wasn't for me at all. It was extremely predictable at times, with minor twists. I'll stick to what I like.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, but some problems I can see why this book has the reputation it has. It was a lot of fun, and the research that went into it is obviously astounding. However, I had a couple problems with it that kept it from being a five, or even four stars. First, there was so much information and whole scenes in which they did nothing but stand around and tell Sophie what was going on. Like I said, there was an amazing amount of research that went into this book, and Brown was obviously very eager to show it all off. I was interested for about the first 40%, but after that, if I could see an info dump paragraph coming up, I would just skim right over it. Several characters, notably Sophie, seemed there only to represent the reader's lack of information so that the other characters could fill her in ad nauseam. Which leads me to my biggest beef: For a book that goes on and on about the divine feminine, whose entire premise was based on the idea of feminine power being subverted and its long-due return, there was a decided lack of female characters and the one that was there was rather useless. Sophie did have her moments where she helped solve clues, but mostly because of her relationship with her grandfather, very rarely because of her skills or intellect. She started out alright, with her soap trick and getting Robert out of the Louvre, but from then on it was all "what is going on?" and "but I do not understand?" In addition (and this is just a pet peeve of mine,) it really bugged me how Sophie Neuveau was always "Sophie" and Robert Langdon was always "Langdon." It's a respect thing. Anyways, I had fun, but I could see the author in the writing way too much for four stars.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cannot wait ! After watching the movie I couldn't wait to read the book! So far so good
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was captivating! I'm not much of a reader, but I read this book in one sitting. It was a great suspense/mystery.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! Honestly a fun read! Don't let the movie discourage you from reading it (I know many weren't a fan of the film), because the book is a real page turner! Fascinating stuff. Give it a go!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I always enjoy a great mystery and this book offered it completely. It keeps you on suspense. Makes you think you know what is going to happen but then you realize you were wrong. Also I think the pairing of the two characters is great. you can feel the chemistry and see they have an excellent partnership while you are reading.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, might need a highlighter! I had to go back and forth to keep track of key conversations and facts. Had to use a highlighter. I will read this book again and again. Love it.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way Better than the Movie As long as you are aware that it's purely a work of fiction, you'll enjoy the content of this book. I enjoyed the meticulous writing, suspense, and reading about artworks around in Europe. This book is far better than the movie
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard Covered Illustrated The hard covered illustrated version is the best one to have. Great book
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard Covered Illustrated The hard covered illustrated version is the best one to have. Great book
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad I really enjoyed this book with its gripping adventure. As a purely fictional book, yes not bad. Just, don't believe everything you read. It is historically inaccurate and only loosely based on assumption. Too many people have taken this author and this series too seriously.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Tour that provided the Mystery Happy I bought the book with the photo gallery and could envision the real locations as I read!
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Way better than the movie, probably my favourite of Brown's works.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I read this book because I heard many good things about it. I was not disappointed. I loved the intrigue and the different take on religious/historical facts. It leaves the reader thinking and questioning what was always seen as fact. Very well written.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Defiant saga! Another book with some teases and thoughts! Read it!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Riveting! I started this book earlier in the year and was so busy that I didn't finish it until the end of the year. Not because it was slow, in fact, it was exactly the opposite! Fast paced action and a flood of knowledge that I couldn't get enough of. The mysteries were spellbinding and kept popping up one after the other. Even though I had to keep picking up where I left off every couple months, I was instantly pulled back into the action and couldn't wait to read what happened next. Please go read this book!!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as Angels and Demons Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy The Da Vinci Code as much as Angels and Demons. The key difference between the two is their focus on the historical facts and art in relation to the fictional story being told. Angels and Demons focuses heavily on the clues found in the art itself. However, The Da Vinci Code focuses more on a theory/ story from the past. The Da Vinci Code is an action packed story. I always enjoy stories that are full of action, however I was looking forward to the steady pace of Angels and Demons that focused more on historical facts and art. The Da Vinci Code does focus on historical facts just not as much as its predecessor. For this reason, I ended up giving it four stars instead of five. Also, I read the illustrated edition of this novel (and the previous one) and it didn’t enhance my reading experience quite like Angels and Demons because, as previously mentioned, The Da Vinci Code isn’t as rooted in the visual art from the past. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Da Vinci Code despite it not living up to what I wanted based on my experience reading Angels and Demons. However, this book has inspired me to watch countless documentaries and is fueling my desire to travel!
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read This is a fun read. It's the kind of novel that you're going to have read without thinking too hard about it. It doesn't hold up well too scrutiny so don't over analyze. It's a piece of pop fiction and you should just roll with it.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I love Dan Brown's work, and this was nothing short of some of his best. Great read, once you pick it up you cannot put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Great Mystery My first Dan Brown and WOW what a way to begin! I think it's his best, simple as that, and that is saying something. Complicated, complex and man, do you have to pay attention! But I think that is great and something you should be obligated to do in a mystery novel. Seriously, who wants a murder you can figure out after three pages??? Fantastic novel full of twists and turns, lots of art, scenery and you name it. Just like a fast moving film or a small town though - pay attention or you'll miss it
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Pictures The pictures in this version are really helpful for following along with all the art history talked about. Not my favourite in this series by Dan Brown, but still a good read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story. Loved this story, full of excitement, mystery and suspense all the way to the end. Great read coming off of angels and demons!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Brown weaves an amazing story full of twists and turns and many cliffhangers. This book combines history and mystery, producing an engaging and exciting work!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Holy Grail This book never touched a surface other than my hand while I read it for a project in Advanced English 11. I could find myself gasping and saying 'AH HA" along with the book. It was an immaculate read, along with Dan Brown's other books. All are highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Excellent book. Had me hooked from start to finish. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I really enjoyed this book and decided to read the rest from the series. Great storytelling #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is great! Love reading this book years ago
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! First book of Dan Brown's that I read. Was hooked. Big fan. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I liked Angels and Demons better, but this was a lot of fun. I love a good treasure hunt story, and this delivers. I might have even learned something. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed the read I read this when it came out and am currently going to go through the Robert Langdon books. This was a captivating read, though with a predictable bad guy. Good story with elements of reality blended into fiction.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was fantastic! Would definitely recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I absolutely love Dan Brown's writing. So easy to read and very difficult to put down.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent First book i bought for my kobo...absolutely great. Stuck me to my ereader for hours on end. Absolutely recommended.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent The book is wonderful in a hard working way. This is not a mystery that you are already thinking you have the answer by Ch. 3. No..by Ch.3 you are trying to decide if you should start cover because you are in love with the writing, the action, the art, the everything except you don't understand where you are headed at all and you want to! This book let's you know that Dan Brown is quality, and you are going to be glad you spent the money...He is worth it!
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated Filled with overused clich? ... Not for my taste.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A 2nd read of an excellent book. It has been a pleasant reading of The Da Vinci Code for a 2nd time; once withe original release of paper-based book and now refreshed with the e-book. Both times enjoyed the excellent book si well written by my respected writer. Don makes sure his readers plan on completing one chapter but completes a few more in each session. Thanks Don for all your excellent works.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read It's a great read. Very thrilling. He keeps you on the edge of your seat. With every answer given he gives there is always more questions.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intricate genius Details are overwhelming and abundant. It's like you're witnessing everything first hand..
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Passable Mystery I revisited this as part of a month-long blitz of mysteries. Despite the fact that many of the plot points are predictable, it still passes as an entertaining enough read. An easy read to pass the time on a trip or during coffee breaks. Frustrating that the most endearing character is the bad guy. For anyone who would like a better treatment of conspiracy theories and knights templars, might I recommend "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. Much more researched and knowledgable and treats the subject matter with great respect while still providing a very fast paced thriller.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tag I expected less
Date published: 2013-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I now must visit the Louvre I love it when Brown explains the etymology of common words. Makes reading so much more fun.
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally read! Entertaining and also thought provoking (with respect to the persistence of prevailing sexism in most major world religions). Makes me want to return to places I've visited in my travels, like The Louvre and Westminister Abbey in which pivotal scenes are set and to re-examine famous art works (like The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa) again!
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Better than the movie, but very very close
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from History About Christianity Is Wrong The book was fun to read, but it has a lot of errors about the history of Christianity. A search of the internet will prove this.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Book Robert Langdon has to be my favorite character in a novel because of how he decodes all the clues that are put in front of him in this book. I was glued to this book right from the very first page right through to the very last one. I was a little late to read this book but it was well worth it to wait because everyone was making their judgements when the movie was released.
Date published: 2011-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Langdon book! I absolutely loved this novel, it's a fast-paced, well researched, wholly original story! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Epic Thriller Dan Brown blew me away with this epic novel. Full of mystery and adventure and it keeps you guessing till the very last page. It has brought much debate amoung many people and I would recamend this book to any one. I wish I can give it more than5 stars :)
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Robert Langdon Book of all 3 of them Loved the book. Appreciated the research and thought that went behind this story. It was fast paced, riveting and thoroughly enjoyable. The characters were interesting in their own right and I loved all of them. Quite simply, it was a book that I simply could not put down. Highly recommended
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was a good read When reading this book you have to read angels and demons first, it will make more sense when reading this one, overall it was a good read, during the middle of the book I kinda got bored, but then it really picked up, it just kept twisting and turning you never knew what would happen next!!
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was good but not my favourite Ok, I am a tad late of the get go on this book, but I WAS working at Chapters during the whole fad for this book. lol Was a good book...It felt long to me. I have watched the movie when it first came out and i kept on wanting it to move faster. I thought it'd be a more fast paced... But at least Robert was the same in the book and the movie to how he just goes off on tangents. hehe. It was well written and was a good book, but not my fave.
Date published: 2009-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie The book is way better than the movie. Characters were well developed, story well told, the suspen was amzing and the reference to historical facts (or historical legends) is interesting. I would recommend this easy read. Iyad Atuan
Date published: 2009-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Growing Hate I freely admit that my disdain for The Da Vinci Code is my own personal backlash over its popularity. Dan Brown isn't a terrible writer, despite facing that charge from many experienced readers. He has a likable style, and he drives the pace of the book relentlessly, which is exactly what one would want from a pulpy adventure that one can take to the beach. Likewise, the charge that The Da Vinci Code is somehow a failure because it is in any way inaccurate or unbelievable is unfair. The story is fiction, after all, and one should expect to have his/her credulity stretched, especially when reading pulp that is written with the screen in mind (as The Da Vinci Code surely was). I even enjoyed the Sunday afternoon it took me to read The Da Vinci Code. It was an absolute waste of time, and exactly what I wanted to be doing, sitting on a comfy sofa, drinking tea and reading about self-flagellating albino monks (and other fun things). I've given many books that are just as good as The Da Vinci Code -- and even some that are worse -- three stars, and I meant every star. The truth is that on its own merits, I'd have given The Da Vinci Code a similar rating if not for a repeated experience that led to my backlash. At the beginning of every semester, in a bid to get to know my students better, I play a memory game wherein the students provide me with their favourite things (books, food, music) and some personal details (people they hate, people they love, things they are proud of), then I connect something about them, something that stands out for me, with their name. It is a good start in getting to know the students, but it has also led to my hatred for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. A good half of the students that enter my courses declare that they don't have favourite books, and/or they've only ever read three books in their lives -- two involuntary (both assigned by an English teacher, and always seeming to include To Kill a Mockingbird) and one voluntary (The Da Vinci Code). What bothers me most is that even if these people liked The Da Vinci Code, Brown's novel didn't spur them on to read more. They read the The Da Vinci Code, enjoyed it or didn't, then went back to their reading apathy. Moreover, if I could convince people to read one book voluntarily, one book for their pleasure, it would not be ANY cheesy, pulpy, low grade adventure story. It's like pouring a glass of $9 dollar wine for a person who is trying wine for the first time. They may enjoy the glass, but they're not going to choose wine as their alcohol of choice based on Fortant de France. And for that reason, I hate The Da Vinci Code. It is the cheap wine that keeps people away from the joy of good wine, and while I admit that it is the fault of popular culture rather than Dan Brown, each reader I find who stops at The Da Vinci Code makes me hate the book a little bit more.
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very clever I found this book to be very cleverly written and I enjoyed the action and suspense. I'm not a hard core reader nor do I know alot about religion so at times I found it difficult to follow but once you get into it, you start to see how nicely written it is.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Then Movie This book is a great read. from the moment you pick it up, it is hard to put it down. there are many different story-lines to fallow as you are led up to the great surprise at the end! The movie is nothing like the book, so please do not base the movie on this book. The Da Vinci Code is one of the books you should read on your summer off
Date published: 2009-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Some better options If you want to read something that has a similar historical "art" mystery, but written by a competent author, try the Secret Supper by Javier Sierra. If you just want a good story with a historical mystery to boot, try The Rule of Four or In Tongues of the Dead. They are all far better books!
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing The novel was amazing. However, after hearing all the hype before actually reading it --- it became predictable... Don't get me wrong, the plot, the characters, the complete story was amazing and utterly magnificent. A great read.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favs. This book was a very good read. I enjoyed it a lot. Throughout the book, sometimes I even go 'Oh my gosh!' To be short, everything was amazingly thought out and written. I would re-read this book anytime.
Date published: 2008-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! Although I enjoyed Angels & Demons more, I still found this story to be very entertaining. I learned some more history I was previously unaware of and found the action to still be fast-paced enough to hold my attention. My only criticism is that the "romance" angle was poorly explored. If you want to include romance in your story, see it through. In this book, there was no real indication that a possible romance was in the works, and at the end, all of sudden it's there (sort of). I could have done without it. I saw the movie on TV a few days after finishing the book and found they had done a good job with it, staying fairly true to the story.
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed This book took me by surprise when it was first released years ago. On the bestseller list for ages, it was very difficult to obtain a copy of this book for quite some time. Once I decided to see what the fuss was about, I was taken on an action-packed adventure into the world that Brown created. Some people disagree with this book due to its religious involvement, but I found the insight into Opus Dei and the many mysteries uncovered in this book fasinating. I also highly recommend Angels and Demons, which I personally felt was even more interesting (due to the events occuring in this novel). An absolute must for anyone who is a fan of this type of literature, or anyone who loves books that are similar in this subject matter.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The movie wasn't that great, but the book is something you must get your hands on. It may offend and has been very controversial, but hey; it's full of suspense, action, and has you thinking a lot. I think it's underrated, and think this book is better than some say it is.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Today, I find it rare to find a book that I can't put down. The style of writing pulls you in and never lets you go. I've read similar books but the writing did not keep me as entranced as this one did.
Date published: 2008-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Again! Ok if you haven't read Angels and Demons you will probably love this book. Sadly I have and though I loved Angels and Demons as I read this one I couldn't help but notice the similarities! It drove me crazy! It took everything in me just to finish the book and I will probably never read anything by Dan Brown again!
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aboslutely Fantastic XD I remember the reason why i actually went to borrow this book from the library was because it was really popular during my grade 12 year and i thought that if i even pretend to read it, people would think i am smart or something XP but then after reading the first chapter, i couldn't stop myself. It was such a page turner XD !~~~~~ i loveeeeee this book~ it's still my favorite book so far. i seriously had never imagined i would like a book this much!
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Damn You Dan Brown I love this book, but I honestly think that he went into this book for the purpous of making the reader feal like a complete total and uter idiot. Alot of the clues you can tell yourself that "No, I'ts ok, I don;t have the right education to get that answer" The there are the ones wher you feel like you should run repeatedly into the nearest wall after throwing the book at it because it was SO OBVIOUS. READ IT my suggested books I just enjoy and I enjoy this as well so others may enjoy these.
Date published: 2008-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better Than The Movie I'm so glad I read this before I saw the movie! My vision of Langdon was way better looking than "Tom Hanks". However I liked Angels & Demons better than this book.
Date published: 2008-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a book This was one of the greatest book that I read in 2007. I did read it before the movie came out and even thought the movie is good the book is ten times better. The history and information that went into this story is just out of this world (well you learn things about this world that you would have never dreamed of learning)
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright, Contriversial! The Da Vinci Code was a extremely Contriversial Book. Me myself, I thought it was alright. I wasnt extremely pleased with it. Because of the publicity of it and the reviews that I had read and heard about. I expected better. There were some suspenseful parts and the conflicts and plotline were very well developed but the author did it no justice. He did an alright job with it. Overall a 2-3 star book.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely riveting Wonderful book. Keeps you thinking from start to finish. Very well written. Very intelligent plot. It’s very enjoyable. But be prepared, when starting the book, you really can’t put it down.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Gets off to a slow start but takes a turn for amazing. I found it helpful to have a map of Paris handy while reading it!
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels And Demons This book was one of my favorites! It had me going from beginning to end!!! If you like this book you will more than likely enjoy The Da Vinci Code!!!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "so so" I don't like this book.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Worth a Reread !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dan Brown is one of the most gifted authors I have had the pleasure to read. He brings buildings, people and history to life in such a spirit like fashion. Brown makes one ponder their essential philosophical, moral and religious beliefs and issues. On top of that he has interwoven a dash of love with a pinch of mystery. It was truly an honour to have read Davinci Code, such a great piece of literature that will be forever with us. ANGELS & DEMONS by Dan Brown is strongly recommended. Also note that the extra change for the hardcover special illustrated collector’s edition for both is definitely worth the money….just like a trip to the great churches of our lands, far and wide…for free !!!!!.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Such initial promise. Wow, what a truly frustrating book this one turned out to be. After rave review followed by rave review I decided to pick this one up and give it a read. Well, it starts off nice, kicks into a nice gear. There's a ton of thought provoking and really cool ideas and theories here, truth be told I loved it and then BOOM. About three quarters of the way in the whole thing falls off of the rails and as if this isn't bad enough the ending comes and it feels really rushed and hastily jammed together. This could have easily been a 5 star which was what I originally thought I was reading but after slogging through this half baked mush twice I am still horribly disappointed.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Da Best This book is really enjoyable and it gives you many surprises as the story unfolds. It is one of the best mystery trillers that I have ever read.
Date published: 2007-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prepare to Think i think this book was very slow at first, but as you get into the plot and understand the characters it is very interesting. The fact that Dan Brown made up this alternative to early literature is amazing. i found it believable but then again i really didnt know much about the knights templar or christianity. i recommend this book but if you arn't that educated about the ancient references he makes it is harder to follow.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Intelligent This book is amazing, and I couldn't even put the book down. Brown's writing fills your imagination with images of characters and places. It's first on my favourites.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This was a fantastic book.Much better than the movie.I found that i had a hard time putting it down.It was always "just one more chapter",which led to one more again.If you like mysteries you will love this one
Date published: 2007-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery Writing At It's Best This is mystery writing at its best: gripping, intelligent, and original. A brilliant Harvard professor and a beautiful French cryptologist get mixed up with Opus Dei, a deeply devout yet highly controversial Catholic sect.
Date published: 2007-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I loved this book... and I don't read as often as most, so for a book to capture me it has to be good. I certainly recommend reading the book before watching the movie as there was a lot left out in my opinion. I am currently reading Angels and Demons which I know won't take me long. I am so far enjoying this one more than the DaVinci Code. I'll be anticipating this movie release just like the first!
Date published: 2007-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Book, shall I compare thee to a summer's day? A day so fine which, even then, cannot brighten the deep abyss and boredom caused by this insult to literature. Perhaps I will heal in time, and when I once again step out into that splendid summer morn, I will rip the accursed pages of this novel into shreds and sprinkle them along the ground to ward off animals and other pests.
Date published: 2007-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dan brown books are amazing dan brown books are amazing. the first time i started reading them i couldnt put it down. dan brown and jk rowling are my favorite authors so far. and there are many other authors i love to read too like lemony snickets unfortnate events series. oh my i keep babbling on about books i'm sorry.......
Date published: 2007-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic I just couldn't put this book down. When I heard of it, it didn't interest me but then I saw the movie and I had to read the book. I liked the book more than the movie because it added more detail about things. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that I got lost at some parts. They were either just confusing or you needed knowledge of the subject. But Dan Brown knows how to write a book and I can't wait for more!
Date published: 2007-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Impossible How can that museum curator guy leave so much clues when he's dying? Dan Brown lacks common sense.
Date published: 2007-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Utterly Horrendous "Utterly Horrendous." (if I may quote Simon Cowell's criticism to an American Idol hopeful). I do not know why so many people think this book is good. The fact is, the story is strange, very insulting, but most of all- it is written so primitively. In the middle of the book, I could not stand it anymore and had to pick up another one because I literally felt my brain rotting because the writing style was so "utterly horrendous". I was able to return to it after and finish it, though with pain that must have been stronger than felt by any of the characters at any point of the book.
Date published: 2007-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This is a really good book, and just like all his other books, they can get you into believing they are true facts.This book reveals alot of things on the Catholic religion, that if you haven't studied this religion, you would believe what he wrote since the way he writes make it seem like it's true. But still, if your interested in a good read, this book is great!
Date published: 2007-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I found the Da Vinci Code is really good book that kept me thrilled and in suspense the whole book. Although I found that Dan Brown needs to work on developing his characters a bit because these characters aren't really memorable.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Conspiracy Theory's at its best!!! Dan Brown successfully achieved an artistic masterpiece with this infamous novel! I do not remember the last time a novel has been talked about so much by the world. The fictional story is gripping while the supposed fact's and theories of the Church and its history will turn your sunday school's teachings upside down!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great with pictures Reading this edition was way better then reading the plain version. The pictures in the book helped the reader see what was really going on with the arts of work. Definitely choose the illustrated version over the plain version.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth reading Napoleon said that history is mearly a version of events agreed upon. If that's true, then with its popularity, The Da Vinci Code has probably created a whole new history of the Catholic church. Mr. Brown has become a target for the various pundits and critics who disagree with his research, but The Da Vinci Code has to be at least as plausible as books that feature people walking on water and rising from the dead. The quality of the literature here caters to the lowest common denominator, but this book remains an enjoyable and interesting read.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! Wow! This was an absolutely excellent book. This book, as usual, was far better than the movie. I throughly enjoyed Dan Brown's style of writing and his characters were excellent. I loved the way he intertwined intrigue along with art and history. Whether this book is based on fact or fiction none of us knows, but I think that when reading this book one must keep an open mind. The book was a definite page turner and therefore was difficult to put down. I am looking forward to Dan Brown's next book and hope that it is half as good as this one.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I couldn't believe how well this book was written, from the moment I picked it up I couldn't stop. I would definately recommend this book to anyone, even after you watched the movie. I watched the movie before I read the book and I must say, the book still kept me on the edge of my seat. Cheers...
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story This was the only Dan Brown book I have read so far and I throughly enjoyed it! I found it was a little slow getting going in the beginning but once you get into it you cant put it down!
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This book is amazing. It's really quick paced, intelligent and gives interesting historical information based on true facts. It gives a different perspective on the Judaica-Christian belief, told through a murder mystery, and it's way better than the movie.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Fabulous! Fantastic read! Any work of fiction capable of igniting such controversy is a must read! Bravo Dan Brown.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exseptionally intense It was an absolute page turner, not only thrilling from page to page but verry much intelectually stimulating! it is something that i would read over and over!!
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely enjoyable The Da Vinci Code was everything that I had heard about it. It definitely did not disapoint me. It kept me thinking, and made me think and question, religion, religious beliefs. I now want to read more of Dan Browns books. It was a well written story that was extremely entertaining and enjoyable.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking This novel was incredibly fast paced and fun to read. I loved every chapter. All of the characters were well rounded and interesting to say the least. I found that I could not put this novel down and I became more and more engrossed with it the longer I kept reading. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting. Very interesting book. I am a practicing Catholic and some of the ideas on this book was quite absurd. However if you are strong in your faith, you'll understand that this is fiction and not to take this book literally. The book was written very well although I wasn't too keen on the ending. Still...reading this book was much better than watching it on screen! (I almost fell asleep during the movie!)
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from LIKED HIS OTHER BOOKS BETTER I READ THE BOOK BECAUSE OF THE PHENOMENON BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT I ENJOYED ANGELS AND DEMONS A LOT MORE IN COMPARISON.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh My Goddess!!! One of, no wait... The BEST book I have ever read!!! It was undescribable... I give a big thumbs up to Dan Brown, the way he wrote it made it seem like it was written for teens, just the overall style... I'm only 15 and I completely feel in love with this novel, my first mystery that I've read too!!! I think I took to this book so easily, because I believe in the truth behind the story... I am a Pagan, those who have read the book will know this term, but maybe not others... it is a spirtuallity that pre-dates Christianity! I thank Dan Brown for giving us that extra boost so we can come back to where we left off... and then everyone will find out.... Thank you... ;P
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! Ok, the best part about this book, is it keeps you thinking. During and after reading the Da Vinci Code, I actually wanted to research most of what was in the book. I have to be honest, there were parts that I didn't enjoy as much but, I still admit it was and insanely incredible book. Like, I do have favourite books but this tops the list by FAR!! I've never read anything this good. The only part I didn't like was were it jumped between Silas, Langdon and Sophie, Bishop Aringarosa and Collet and Fache. But other than that, FLAWLESS and AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Great job, Dan Brown
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I highly sugest this version This book was good, I felt it laged abit in the middle but the start and end were excellent! I would sugest the illustrated version over the regular version as the pictures of what the characters are talking about really helps in better understanding the dialogue. Therefore I give it three leafs but a fourth leaf for the illustrated edition!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imagination Come to Life This edition of the Davinci Code is amazing. Dan Brown's writing style is one of a kind and just makes you can't wait to turn the page and keep reading. The book is hard to put down once you've started it. This edition provided illustrations of many of the historical buildings and articfacts described throughout. It was perfect as it brings the imagination to life and allows a person to connect thoughts and images to better understand the novel. Definatly the best choice of all the editions out.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Great book ! Starts off a bit slow but is generally a good read. Well researched and intelligent.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! I loved this book! It was so fun and I loved the characters, I have not yet seen the movie. This is a book I could read a few times and learn something new each time. It was light-hearted and entertaining. Reminded me a bit of the movie "National Treasure", so fun and you learn a lot from it, very interesting things you have no idea about!
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing!!! This novel is truely a masterpiece. Suprise after suprise, the intrigue never stops. Once you begun reading, you won't fine a place to stop. Took me only three days to finish it, slept only at 5h in the moring... The story is very deep and pulling you further and further down. With the rich information it gives about the grail and knights, you'll want to search these subjects in google to learn more... For those who loves history, intrigue and a bit of mystery, this book is a must in your personnal library!!!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I could give it more stars! What an amazing book. Unfortunately the movie doesn't do the book justice but I'd recommend either to anyone. The characters are intense, the story-line is fabulous and it keeps you interested every page of the way!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book Great book!! Couldn't put it down. I got hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down until I got to the end.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAPTIVATING This was the book that actually dragged me back into a reading hobby. I have not read a book since 5 -6 years ago and this one caught my attention enough to get me reading again. I couldnt put the book down. Some things are very interesting and contoversial, it makes you think twice about religion and other things as we know it. Although most of this book if fiction, there is much to do with factual places, things and ideas. I recommend this book to EVERYONE, and everyone i know who has read this book gives it 2 thimbs up as well. Its definitely not a waste of time to read it!
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. Highly enjoyable!
Date published: 2006-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best out there! I don't think there is a book out there right now that is as fresh and intriguing as this. The book never slows down, and never shows you in which direction the plot is going. It is a great story filled with facts that will make you think, even after you've read it! If you haven't read The Da Vinci Code yet...what are you waiting for!
Date published: 2006-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm stumped I don't understand the overwhelming popularity of the book. There are interesting theories presented within it, to be sure (and if not backed by actual research, then Brown has done a wonderful job at fabricating evidence to back them) but the theories are wrapped in a thin plot that does little more than move us from one location to another so the main character can lecture about other theories. Without going into too much detail, the story goes that Leonardo Da Vinci, among other great minds throughout history, belonged to a secret society that watched over the secrets of the Holy Grail. Da Vinci hid in his paintings many clues to the true meaning of the Grail. Interesting. And I probably would have enjoyed a non-fiction book about those theories. But to be fair, this is a work of fiction, never intended to be non-fiction. Even at that though, it only mildly succeeds. The characters are poorly developed, the writing does nothing more than advance the plot, the dialogue is bad, the constant use of italics to convey the thoughts of the characters is irritating as is the use of cheap and tired plot tricks to build suspense. As a cat-and-mouse crime caper, I've read better (Dunroy's masterpiece novel--The Quest, Overall, the book felt small to me. The timeframe, the storyline, the resolution-none of it lived up to the hype. Interesting premise, but the execution is probably suited more for a movie than a book. Skip this and get Dunroy's book instead.
Date published: 2006-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read The Da Vinci Code and Swords at Sunset too Swords at Sunset is a truly terrific non-fiction work that traces the Holy Grail to Canada and the United States. In contrast, the Da Vinci Code is not a literary masterpiece. It's just what it intends to be: An adventure thriller novel and a solid work of fiction that had me reading steadily to the end. If you're like me though, reading this made-up story on the Holy Grail will make you hungry for non-fiction, factual information on the Holy Grail, and for this, I'd strongly recommend reading Swords at Sunset by Michael Bradley, a remarkable book by a critically acclaimed Holy Grail expert (the author served as a researcher for the Da Vinci Code movie starring Tom Hanks and has written around 20 bestselling books, mostly on the Holy Grail). Bradley uses archeological evidence to advance the fascinating theory that the Holy Grail came to North America centuries before Columbus discovered America. Frankly, I found Swords at Sunset to be more fascinating than the fictional Da Vinci Code, but I agree with the many readers out there who suggest both books be read as a set. I sure can't argue with that - both books are a real treat.
Date published: 2006-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save your money - borrow the book It isn't worth purchasing for your home library. One of the more disapointing novels I've ever read, I find the prose childish and the plot just plain silly. Makes a nice, light read if you are desperate - but there are much better thrillers out there. Stop lining Brown's pockets. He "ain't all that".
Date published: 2006-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheap Cheap story line. The problem with this book is that there is too much fiction mixed in with fact being sold as fact. This book is deceptive and misleading. I recommend anyone who thinks this book is reality, to read "breaking the da vinci code" to get the historical facts straight. I believe you must read them together. Sorry I bought it and wasted my time and money. I definately won't be seeing the movie. By the way, is Dan Brown a Freemason?
Date published: 2006-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why its the most popular book of the 3rd millenium This book epitomizes the purpose of literature, if there was such a thing. It is entertaining, exciting, suspenseful (even in our time). It is creative (having the reader solve the mysteries and puzzles is fantastic), witty, and amazingly concise (454 pages) considering it entails an exhaustive suspense thriler, as well as a deeply political sub plot. And of course, most importantly, its deeply political (religious) sub plot. Never have I read anything else that has caused more discussion. The designers of google will tell you every time someone finishes reading the book because it is immediately followed by digging through the digital world for MORE AND MORE information on the ideas of pagan rituals, the sacred feminine, the possibility that christ was a father and not THE FATHER. The only reason I could suggest anyone wouldn't like this book is that they reside safely inside the safety bubble of christianity and are afraid of looking out.
Date published: 2006-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from really NOT that great I don't understand why this book is the phenom that it is -- as a work of fiction, it sucks. It is very poorly written, the author treats the readers as idiots ... the clues left behind for the two main characters to solve are so bloody obvious that any interested person could uncover quite easily. I just don't get it!! Furthermore, it is bit by bit an exact replica of his previous novel-- this author has NO imagination. The story is 'interesting' and 'exciting' sure, but is that really enough to want to spend money and time on this worthless junk? I don't think so. Don't buy it. If you're particularly facinated by the story's potential... just wait for the movie!
Date published: 2006-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never to Be Duplicated We have to remember that this is a work of fiction surrounding the most prolific, influential man of our time. We question the 'what if's' and maybe, just maybe Jesus did get married, and have a child. He was half man after all. We may never know the real truth and I'm sure with the way religion is in today's society the cover ups are endless. So why not cover up the way he lead his life. This book was a '10'. Dan Brown is sheer genius. He has opened our minds and basically made the world think.
Date published: 2006-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I have read in a while! This book is by far the best mystery novel I have read. The novel really is a page turner, and it will keep you on your toes. There is not a point in the novel were the audiences loses interest. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in religion related topics, or in mystery novels. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Da Vinci Code and Swords at Sunset are both very I thoroughly enjoyed the fictional Da Vinci Code but was left needing more information on research into the Holy Grail. I filled that need by turning to something of a non-fiction companion book, Swords at Sunset by Michael Bradley, who also served as a researcher for the Da Vinci Code movie. Bradley employs thorough research and archeological evidence to contend that the Knights Templar spirited descendents of Jesus to North America centuries ago. The Holy Grail became particularly established in what is today Ontario and Quebec, Canada, and Vermont and New York State. Bradley also draws on The Book of Mormon to piece together an absolutely enthralling and "true" story of Grail knights at conflict with Indian tribes. It may seem too fantastic to be taken seriously, but the book is rich with supportive evidence, including photos of ancient European weaponry found at Niagara and remnants of centuries-old millworks in eastern Canada, plus evidence of "white" people on the Atlantic coast of both countries - centuries before Columbus. I highly recommend both of these well written and utterly captivating books.
Date published: 2006-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece! This was the best book I've read in a long,long time! The pace of the novel was really quick,I finished reading Da Vinci Code in less then 3 days! I was gripped from start to end! Dan Brown is a clever and imaginative author..I'm a big fan! Da Vinci Code is a book that will live on as one of the greatest..simply put..It's a masterpiece!
Date published: 2006-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! BRILLIANT! This was the best book that I have ever read. I could not put it down! Even though it is classified as fiction it really makes one think. It would be really great to travel to all of the places mentioned in the book but I will have to settle for buying the illustrated version. I can't wait to buy it and read it from cover to cover! I just didn't want this book to end. It was amazing!!!!
Date published: 2006-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It should've had a better ending Love everything about the book.....except the ending....which is why it deserves one leaf taken away from it....
Date published: 2006-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Swords at Sunset great companion book to The Da Vi The Da Vinci Code is certainly acceptable as a fictional thriller. But if you're really interested in the Holy Grail, why not pick up the non-fiction book that Code is likely based on? Swords at Sunset by Michael Bradley presents compelling evidence that the Holy Grail came to Ontario and Vermont many centuries ago, and this truth is surely stranger and more fascinating than any fiction. For far too long, organized religions have hidden uncomfortable truths from the masses, but Michael Bradley goes a long way to setting the record straight with Swords at Sunset. In fact, Bradley contends that the Knights Templar spirited the descendents of our Lord Jesus Christ with them to Ontario's Niagara region centuries before Columbus followed the Vikings and just about everybody else in "discovering" North America. Bradley draws on archeological evidence to support his theory that they met their end in violent clashes with local tribes. No wonder Bradley, a recognized Holy Grail expert, was chosen to serve as a researcher for the Da Vinci Code movie. No wonder the Toronto Sun calls Swords at Sunset "a Grail tale to beat them all." This is easily the most interesting book I've read in years. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrid writing; sophomoric would be a stretch pitiful as literature. i tried twice to read this book, but the language, style, word choice, integrity is so bad, i felt like i was ingesting pollution. i'm not talking about content here; the writing is AWFUL.
Date published: 2006-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I had a hard time putting the book down. I'm catholic and in no way was I insulted. The book has you hooked from beginning to end. If you're looking for a good read this is definatly one for you.
Date published: 2006-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Da Vinci Dump If you liked this book I recommend you try The Celestine Prophecy, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints, or Little Lulu Loses a Shoe. I also recommend that you consider a reverse-lobotomy. Good luck with that.
Date published: 2006-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The reincarnation of the Hardy boys I had opportunity to peruse an old Franklin W. Dixon Hardy Boys story recently, THE YELLOW FEATHER MYSTERY. As a child, I devoured these stories, speeding through the breathless prose as Frank and Joe fell into mystery and adventure seemingly on every single page. They don't age gracefully, the Hardy Boys. Considering the wealth of brilliant children's fiction that is available, The Hardy Boys are, sadly, bland and boring, written with a wretched style that gives the word `style' a bad name. It's peculiar how one's priceless childhood memories invariably disappoint when filtered through the prism of years of experience. However, reliving the glory years of Mr. Hardy's sons brought me new insight into the travesty that is Dan Brown's THE DA VINCI CODE; it is a Hardy Boys adventure, a poorly-written serial novel right down to the ridiculous plot twists, wet tissue paper-thin characters, and easily spotted villains. Dan Brown is the new Franklin W. Dixon, and considering how low on the authorial totem pole that is, it is not a position one should brag about. For those who have existed in a cavern for the past two years, THE DA VINCI CODE revolves itself around the murder of a curator of the Louvre, and a mystifying message he left scrawled in his own blood. Promptly summoned to the scene is Robert Langdon, intrepid world-famous cryptologist (!) who, with the help of a spunky policewoman (shades of Nancy Drew), becomes embroiled in a mystery so convoluted, wacky, and frankly utterly ludicrous, Joe and Frank would be embarrassed to have their names ascribed to its solution. The quandary with DA VINCI is not the elements of the plot, a mishmash of conspiracy theories and religious arcana that many theologians and scholars have debated to death. Suffice to say that Dan Brown comes across as an undiscerning man who believes absolutely everything he reads on the Internet. No, the problem is not the plot. To paraphrase film critic Roger Ebert, it is not the story one tells, but how one goes about telling it. To pull two examples from a hat: Stephen King's THE SHINING is laughable on the face of it, yet King makes it work, expertly filtering an affecting subtext about the destruction of the family unit through alcoholism into a haunted house scenario. Ernest Hemingway's THE SUN ALSO RISES is a simple tale of unlikable people behaving atrociously throughout Europe, yet by the end you have learned so much more about the human condition than you ever thought possible. Unfortunately, Brown is not King, nor Hemingway; he's not up to the low standards of a Dean Koontz , Brian Lumley, or Tom Clancy. He's not even a Richard Marchinko. Instead, he's a hack on the level of the atrocious Tim LaHaye, an abysmal storyteller who has taken every single pathetic element of a Hardy Boys series novel, applied a few seven-dollar words and obscenities, and claimed the style as his own. He is even so shameless as to beat Joe and Frank in the use! of! exclamation! points! What is most appalling about DA VINCI is the fact that it is page for page, character for character, almost word for word identical to the last three novels he's unleashed on an innocent public. Every novel, from DIGITAL FORTRESS on, follows the same blueprint: someone dies; someone's called in; everyone runs around like chickens with their heads cut off while an evil overlord pulls all the strings. Brown writes like his intended audience is fourteen-year-old boys on a sugar bender, needing a thrilling escapade every three pages lest the ADD kick in. He writes, in other words, like all the authors who wrote under the Franklin W. Dixon pseudonyms. And when one considers how many top-notch authors there are who have covered the same material with wit, originality, and breathtaking literary grace, Brown's success is appalling. Consider Arturo-Perez Reverte's THE CLUB DUMAS. Consider Umberto Eco's THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Both have intricate plotlines involving religious conspiracies and lost tomes. Both are superlative examples of the conspiracy genre. In fact, anything by Perez-Reverte fits the bill. Brown is undeserving of his success, and THE DA VINCI CODE is wretched literature, by any standard. He has written a novel that makes the reader feel smart, all the while duping them with a hackneyed plot that reads like warmed-over Hardy Boys. Let us all hope that, with all his millions, he spends fifty dollars on a mail-order novel-writing course. It could not possibly come out any worse.
Date published: 2006-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from In a Word....AWFUL! I just can NOT understand why this book is a best seller? Even if I hadn't already read this book, but under the name Angels & Demons...how about a little creativity? I would still have hated it. And hate is not a strong enough word. At least Angels & Demons was a half-way interesting read, at least at first. This book is boring, cliché, uninteresting and completely predictable. I was on page 200 (illustrated ed.) of this book before I was even remotely interested in turning the next page. Just plain terrible!
Date published: 2006-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Da Vinci Code This was an amazing read, a little slow to get going in the first few pages, but once the story takes off you won't be able to put it down. Dan Brown is a fantastic author who incorportates real world facts and situations into his story telling. I recommend this title and any of his other books.
Date published: 2006-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and facinating This is one of the best books I've ever read. Anyone who says this is an insult to the Christain faith obviously didn't think about the fundamental basis for this faith: God sent his only son to live amongst us. This novel does not refute that, it supports it. It suggests that Jesus' life was far more human than divine, which was the whole idea wasn't it? For Jesus to be one of us? I don't want to spoil the plot for those who haven't read it, but the ideas presented do nothing to diminish Jesus or his goodness. If anything, it makes Him that much more wonderful. It makes you feel closer to Him. I highly recommend this book to anyone with any interest in religion, art, or literature.
Date published: 2006-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Not recommended for those who intend to take their time reading. This book will have you reading for hours on end! You will be sucked into Dan Brown's world of thriller and suspense! It really makes you think about the Christian faith and challenges what we thought was real. I recommend this book to everyone except bible thumpers!
Date published: 2006-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mastering Mediocrity Brown's sequel to Angels & Demons is by no means awful; however, it is far from warranting the status of ingenious literature that has been showered upon it. As the quasi-factual mystery unfolds, the author rarely deviates from the stereotypical suspense-creating idiom to end chapters ( and then he saw it... , all of a sudden everything made sense... etc.), which quickly becomes anti- climactic. He assumes ignorance on the reader's part (paraphrase: Paris, a city in France... ), and his conventional tone prevents him from creating a unique voice as a writer. All of this said, The da[sic] Vinci Code is just another book to add to the already overflowing pile of fast-food literature. One must remember that this book is a landmark in commercial success, and not in quality of prose or uniqueness of ideas. Essentially it makes for a fun read, but don't be fooled by the power of commercialism...it isn't Joyce. After all, if it were, it wouldn't be a best-seller. In light of this, perhaps Mr. Brown got the better of us all. If his goal was to become a financially successful author, he has certainly triumphed. Unfortunately for the Miss Universe of fiction writing, financial success and talent rarely coincide. Brown has done nothing more than master mediocrity...but after all, isn't that what sells?
Date published: 2006-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!! This is an excellent book. The plot twist will shock you. Granted, the ending was not as good as I expected, but over all, it is a great book to read. This book is a must read for any reader.
Date published: 2006-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This is possibly the worst book ever written. It is simply a joke. Dan Brown tries to make a joke out of the Christian faith! Christ lifes on in every believer out there, unlike you. Your story will disappear once you have but the facts about Jesus and the Christian religion will live on forever.
Date published: 2006-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Shameful This book is an insult to the christian faith. The plot line is rediculous and the notion that anything in the book could possibly be true is infuriating. This anti-christian book is simply an attack on the largest faith in the world. It is meant to defame Jesus Christ our saviour. Jesus Christ was and still is the greatest person to ever walk the Earth and this book and it's allegations can't change this fact. The stong and the faithful will steer clear of this sad excuse for book.
Date published: 2006-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I NEVER read, and I used capatalized letters just to cement my point. I heard that this book is good from some people and knew the movie was coming out so I decided to give it a read. Saying the best book I ever read doesn't say much among the short list, however, as a non reader I found myself unable to put down the pages. From front to back just pure briliance in the research and writting. To question a belief system so vast takes a lot of courage and I commend Dan brown for his thoughts (I understand it is fiction). Still, if you haven't read this book yet, do it! BTW the ending DOES NOT SUCK!
Date published: 2006-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take a bite: It's not as bad as you think. I have found The Da Vinci Code more interesting than Brown's Angels and Demons. This book is an absolute page turner. It's plot and the author's writing technique gives the book its mystery. I was hesitating to read the book because of its popularity and controversy but I am glad that I did.
Date published: 2006-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner The Illustrated Divinci Code is a page turner! I could not put this book down and tore through it in less than 2 days!! I highly recommend reading Angels & Demons first but you will not regret this purchase!
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wowing I read this book over the summer, and though it took me a while (with work and such), I didn't want to put it down for a minute. I bought the illustrated version because I was told it added a little something to what I was to be reading. Though I'm not religious in the slightest, I still found The Da Vinci Code to be one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The detail and information (true or false) was that of pure beauty. Dan Brown has a great talent and held my whole attention. The twists and turns of a possible different life that Jesus may have had just blew my mind, along with the sort of sub-plot of Robert and Sophie. During and after reading this book, I really wanted to travel to Paris, England, and Scotland to see all the beautiful architecture and the paintings. Even the pictures shown in the book were breath-taking. I strongly recommend this book to everyone! Just have an open mind and a love for reading.
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Literature at its finest This book is an excellent piece of work to read, even for a thirteen year-old . I urge you to read this novel. Dan Brown gives precise details, a superb plot, and excellent information that will keep you guessing until the last chapter. Although it dragged in the first couple of chapters, I was hooked from the start.
Date published: 2005-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! This was one of the best books I have read. It was something new every page and kept me reading it non stop. If a book can keep you reading for 3 1/2 hours straight reading it until you're done then it must be good!
Date published: 2005-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing Dan Brown has crafted a wonderful book. Even though i am not Christian, I think that this could be fact, or fictional. It said that the picture of The Last Supper was all grimed up and dirty, but the grim could have just just made it look like Mary Madglane. But this is an amazing book. For those who think that this was poorly done, this was a mind blowing book, and it could be the truth. When people discovered that the world was not flat, not everyone rose up to their feet and started clapping in agreement. No, they didn't believe it. I believe that this is true, because most of the facts that he pointed out are ones that i already knew but overlooked the answer to why it was there. The only thing that i did not like was the ending, it did not explain anything until the epilogue, the epilogue seemed so rushed and amateurish. Another thing that i did not like was how it all figured out in 1 day. Scientists and historians have been trying to find it out all their life, and these people found it out in a meer twenty four hours, which seemed unrealistic. but reading it made it all so real, and if you do not understand why, then you must not understand the meaning of books, or you are just a Catholic beacause that's a different story.
Date published: 2005-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book was really great. I really enjoyed it! I didn't want to put the book down becuase I wanted to find out what happens next. It is full of many great suprises and suspense. Don't be fooled and take the story as being real, it is just from imagination. The author just sucks you in this world he has created and you become hungry for more, and more, and more. I say go ahead and read it, you will really enjoy it. Next on my list Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. PS: Don't believe everything in the book, it is just a story made up...a good one. Read til you drop:)
Date published: 2005-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's not terrible I finally succumbed. I read the Da Vinci code. I am the last person on earth to have NOT read this book. It was okay! It wasn't fantastic, not the best book ever, but I admit to having enjoyed it. Then the ending came. The ending SUCKS. It was lame and the characters have little depth. (They aren't really needed. The secret is the main character.) There are also some good plot twists. But the ending? Crap. Total crap. I hear Tom Hanks will play Robert Langdon in the movie version...and that Dan Brown is working on a sequel.
Date published: 2005-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eco for starters First let me say that I did enjoy the book it is an easy read and an easy plot line. Seems to me that Dan Brown's book has a good spot right beside Harry Potter. The best thing I did after I finished the book was going back to Foucault's Pendulum and give it another read.... Now we are talking about a great brain teaser ; conspiracy, history and humour for adults.... Read Da Vinci Code and enjoy... then read Eco and learn!
Date published: 2005-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG BEST BOOK EVER! okay lemme just start off by saying OMG BESt BOOK EVER! Apart from the all the Nicholas Sparks books and Harry Potter...this book has got to be a MUST on ur bookshelf...it was soo interesting i couldnt put the book down. I was so sad when the book was done it was soo interesting...when i first met that prince guy...i forgot his name i had a feeling he was the teacher but then the author made it seem as though he wasn't and then it turned out that he really was...absolutely an amazing book...Dan Brown is a very gifted author. When i find an interesting book its got to be really interesting, because i dun usually find interesting books...but wow! Dan Brown amazed me! all his discription and ajectives. Awesome writer! IM SUPPORTING HIM 100%! All im saying is that this book has got to be on ur bookshelf...if i could give him 1million as a rating i would give it to him...he deserves it.
Date published: 2005-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a must-read book Friends have been urging me to read the Da Vinci Code but I had been putting it off, thinking it was some stuffy long-winded book. But this is by far the best book I have ever read. I bought the illustrated version which is absolutely incredible. Not only is there a suspenseful story but the book is filled with historic facts that just made me go WOW with wonder. It is telling the side of a story that most of us have never heard and even though this book was portrayed as fiction, I feel that I have gained real knowledge and glimpses of truth that other publications were unable to give me. The book has made me want to go to Paris and England/Scotland to view all these ancient sites and see the history for myself. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone -- even if you view it just as entertaining fiction, it will never be a waste of your time to read it. The story itself is just too good.
Date published: 2005-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting and thought provoking... Having read Angels & Demons first, I found the plot of The DaVinci Code to be too parallel. While the story is quite interesting and exciting, Angels & Demons delivered a better plot and ending. Actually, I found the ending in The DaVinci Code to be a bit rushed and absurd. What I did enjoy about The DaVinci Code was its ability to open the reader’s mind to other opinions and possibilities. Being a Catholic, I found it interesting to read a story about a possible turn Jesus’ life could have taken. Brown really knows how to develop an interesting mystery novel that requires the intellect to question previous beliefs and values that were embedded into us. For those that criticize this book to be sacrilegious, do keep in mind that this is just a fictitious book – not an attempt to change the history of Christianity! While many of the “facts” are not as accurate as Brown portrays, I did find the book to be creative and thought provoking. The DaVinci Code was a bit overrated, however, still a good read as long as you keep an open mind.
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hyped and Hopeless While reviews for the Da Vinci code were amazing, the book was anything but. I don’t know what all the fuss was about. There was nothing here I hadn’t heard before. It’s old theories wrapped around a third-rate mystery story, with characters hollower than a fortune cookie. The quality of Dan Brown’s writing is like that of a tenth grader, and he does it with less personality than he’s imbued in his characters. It is dull through and through and there is not an ounce of humour to be found. In the novel, main character Robert Langdon is struggling to release a book of—surprise—exactly the material in the Da Vinci Code—sans 2-D characters and cheesy plotlines. It’s clear that Dan Brown modeled Langdon after himself, and thinks of himself as a bringer of truth—well the truth is he’s merely brought popular circulating theories to the mainstream—and no credit to him there either, as with them he’s brought all their logical leaps, loopholes and inconsistencies. The “mystery” part of the novel is a joke – obvious riddles with less integrity than J.K. Rowling’s sorting hat poems. And the whole while both Dan Brown talks down to the reader and Robert Langdon talks down to his sidekick—no doubt in his eyes representing the ignorance of society. Well, Mr. Brown, we’re not all as stupid as you think we are. And most of us sure as hell can write better than you. His cop-out soap opera ending takes the cake. How did this book get so much acclaim and attention? I guess his publisher must have deep pockets. This book draws no conclusions of any sort, it simply serves as a showcase to how incompetent a writer Dan Brown is.
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blaster I give props to Dan Brown on this book! Having a Christian background and knowning only one way, then picking up this book and hearing different objectives really opened my eyes on how the church could just be controling the history of what we all know to be true. I recommend this book highly!!!!
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fiction or Truth?? Personally, I found the book fantastically written. I am not enough of a history buff or researcher to comment whether it's true or not, however it seems that those with strictly established religious beliefs are quite outspoken against this book. Quite frankly, it is supposed to be fiction, so why get angry? Unless, of course the author has a valid point - even if this point is to look at things in a different light. I congratulate his brilliancy in disguising the book in the cloak of fiction. Take away from it what you wish . . . you can do your own research in the end.
Date published: 2005-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vivid I can't believe i've found another author that paints a picture like Stephen King has always done for me. Dan Brown has described every scene so vividly... you can actually believe that you are standing in the centre of the room and can see the walls to the ceiling. As an avid computer game geek, Dan Brown has brought me back to my teen days when a good book was my source of entertainment and relaxation.
Date published: 2005-08-03

Read from the Book

1Robert Langdon awoke slowly.A telephone was ringing in the darkness--a tinny, unfamiliar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and turned it on. Squinting at his surroundings he saw a plush Renaissance bedroom with Louis XVI furniture, hand-frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-poster bed.Where the hell am I?The jacquard bathrobe hanging on his bedpost bore the monogram: HOTEL RITZ PARIS.Slowly, the fog began to lift.Langdon picked up the receiver. "Hello?""Monsieur Langdon?" a man's voice said. "I hope I have not awoken you?"Dazed, Langdon looked at the bedside clock. It was 12:32 A.M. He had been asleep only an hour, but he felt like the dead."This is the concierge, monsieur. I apologize for this intrusion, but you have a visitor. He insists it is urgent."Langdon still felt fuzzy. A visitor? His eyes focused now on a crumpled flyer on his bedside table.THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARISproudly presentsAn evening with Robert LangdonProfessor of Religious Symbology, Harvard UniversityLangdon groaned. Tonight's lecture--a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral--had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience. Most likely, some religious scholar had trailed him home to pick a fight."I'm sorry," Langdon said, "but I'm very tired and--""Mais monsieur," the concierge pressed, lowering his voice to an urgent whisper. "Your guest is an important man."Langdon had little doubt. His books on religious paintings and cult symbology had made him a reluctant celebrity in the art world, and last year Langdon's visibility had increased a hundred-fold after his involvement in a widely publicized incident at the Vatican. Since then, the stream of self-important historians and art buffs arriving at his door had seemed never-ending."If you would be so kind," Langdon said, doing his best to remain polite, "could you take the man's name and number, and tell him I'll try to call him before I leave Paris on Tuesday? Thank you." He hung up before the concierge could protest.Sitting up now, Langdon frowned at his bedside Guest Relations Handbook, whose cover boasted: SLEEP LIKE A BABY IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS. SLUMBER AT THE PARIS RITZ.He turned and gazed tiredly into the full-length mirror across the room. The man staring back at him was a stranger--tousled and weary.You need a vacation, Robert.The past year had taken a heavy toll on him, but he didn't appreciate seeing proof in the mirror. His usually sharp blue eyes looked hazy and drawn tonight. A dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw and dimpled chin. Around his temples, the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair. Although his female colleagues insisted the gray only accentuated his bookish appeal, Langdon knew better.If Boston Magazine could see me now.Last month, much to Langdon's embarrassment, Boston Magazine had listed him as one of that city's top ten most intriguing people--a dubious honor that made him the brunt of endless ribbing by his Harvard colleagues. Tonight, three thousand miles from home, the accolade had resurfaced to haunt him at the lecture he had given."Ladies and gentlemen . . ." the hostess had announced to a full-house at The American University of Paris's Pavillon Dauphine, "Our guest tonight needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books: The Symbology of Secret Sects, The Art of the Illuminati, The Lost Language of Ideograms, and when I say he wrote the book on Religious Iconology, I mean that quite literally. Many of you use his textbooks in class."The students in the crowd nodded enthusiastically."I had planned to introduce him tonight by sharing his impressive curriculum vitae, however . . ." She glanced playfully at Langdon, who was seated onstage. "An audience member has just handed me a far more, shall we say . . . intriguing introduction."She held up a copy of Boston Magazine.Langdon cringed. Where the hell did she get that?The hostess began reading choice excerpts from the inane article, and Langdon felt himself sinking lower and lower in his chair. Thirty seconds later, the crowd was grinning, and the woman showed no signs of letting up. "And Mr. Langdon's refusal to speak publicly about his unusual role in last year's Vatican conclave certainly wins him points on our intrigue-o-meter." The hostess goaded the crowd. "Would you like to hear more?"The crowd applauded.Somebody stop her, Langdon pleaded as she dove into the article again."Although Professor Langdon might not be considered hunk-handsome like some of our younger awardees, this forty-something academic has more than his share of scholarly allure. His captivating presence is punctuated by an unusually low, baritone speaking voice, which his female students describe as 'chocolate for the ears.''The hall erupted in laughter.Langdon forced an awkward smile. He knew what came next--some ridiculous line about "Harrison Ford in Harris tweed"--and because this evening he had figured it was finally safe again to wear his Harris tweed and Burberry turtleneck, he decided to take action."Thank you, Monique," Langdon said, standing prematurely and edging her away from the podium. "Boston Magazine clearly has a gift for fiction." He turned to the audience with an embarrassed sigh. "And if I find which one of you provided that article, I'll have the consulate deport you."The crowd laughed."Well, folks, as you all know, I'm here tonight to talk about the power of symbols . . ."* * *The ringing of Langdon's hotel phone once again broke the silence.Groaning in disbelief, he picked up. "Yes?"As expected, it was the concierge. "Mr. Langdon, again my apologies. I am calling to inform you that your guest is now en route to your room. I thought I should alert you."Langdon was wide awake now. "You sent someone to my room?""I apologize, monsieur, but a man like this . . . I cannot presume the authority to stop him.""Who exactly is he?"But the concierge was gone.Almost immediately, a heavy fist pounded on Langdon's door.Uncertain, Langdon slid off the bed, feeling his toes sink deep into the savonniere carpet. He donned the hotel bathrobe and moved toward the door. "Who is it?""Mr. Langdon? I need to speak with you." The man's English was accented--a sharp, authoritative bark. "My name is Lieutenant Jerome Collet. Direction Centrale Police Judiciaire."Langdon paused. The Judicial Police? The DCPJ were the rough equivalent of the U.S. FBI.Leaving the security chain in place, Langdon opened the door a few inches. The face staring back at him was thin and washed out. The man was exceptionally lean, dressed in an official-looking blue uniform."May I come in?" the agent asked.Langdon hesitated, feeling uncertain as the stranger's sallow eyes studied him. "What is this is all about?""My capitaine requires your expertise in a private matter.""Now?" Langdon managed. "It's after midnight.""Am I correct that you were scheduled to meet with curator of the Louvre this evening? "Langdon felt a sudden surge of uneasiness. He and the revered curator Jacques Saunière had been slated to meet for drinks after Langdon's lecture tonight, but Saunière had never shown up. "Yes. How did you know that?""We found your name in his daily planner.""I trust nothing is wrong?"The agent gave a dire sigh and slid a Polaroid snapshot through the narrow opening in the door.When Langdon saw the photo, his entire body went rigid."This photo was taken less than an hour ago. Inside the Louvre." As Langdon stared at the bizarre image, his initial revulsion and shock gave way to a sudden upwelling of anger. "Who would do this!""We had hoped that you might help us answer that very question. Considering your knowledge in symbology and your plans to meet with him."Langdon stared at the picture, his horror now laced with fear. The image was gruesome and profoundly strange, bringing with it an unsettling sense of deja vu. A little over a year ago, Langdon had received a photograph of a corpse and a similar request for help. Twenty-four hours later, he had almost lost his life inside Vatican City. This photo was entirely different, and yet something about the scenario felt disquietingly familiar.The agent checked his watch. "My captain is waiting, sir."Langdon barely heard him. His eyes were still riveted on the picture. "This symbol here, and the way his body is so oddly . . .""Positioned?" the agent offered.Langdon nodded, feeling a chill as he looked up. "I can't imagine who would do this to someone."The agent looked grim. "You don't understand, Mr. Langdon. What you see in this photograph . . ." He paused. "Monsieur Saunière did that to himself."2One mile away, the hulking albino named Silas limped through the front gate of the luxurious brownstone residence on Rue la Bruyere. The spiked cilice belt that he wore around his thigh cut into his flesh, and yet his soul sang with satisfaction of service to the Lord.Pain is good.His red eyes scanned the lobby as he entered the residence. Empty. He climbed the stairs quietly, not wanting to awaken any of his fellow numeraries. His bedroom door was open; locks were forbidden here. He entered, closing the door behind him.The room was spartan--hardwood floors, a pine dresser, a canvas mat in the corner that served as his bed. He was a visitor here this week, and yet for many years he had been blessed with a similar sanctuary in New York City.The Lord has provided me shelter and purpose in my life.Tonight, at last, Silas felt he had begun to repay his debt. Hurrying to the dresser, he found the cell phone hidden in his bottom drawer and placed a call to a private extension."Yes?" a male voice answered."Teacher, I have returned.""Speak," the voice commanded, sounding pleased to hear from him."All four are gone. The three sénéchaux . . . and the Grand Master himself."There was a momentary pause, as if for prayer. "Then I assume you have the information?""All four concurred. Independently.""And you believed them?""Their agreement was too great for coincidence."An excited breath. "Excellent. I had feared the brotherhood's reputation for secrecy might prevail.""The prospect of death is strong motivation.""So, my pupil, tell me what I must know."Silas knew the information he had gleaned from his victims would come as a shock. "Teacher, all four confirmed the existence of the clef de voûte . . . the legendary keystone."He heard a quick intake of breath over the phone and could feel the Teacher's excitement. "The keystone. Exactly as we suspected."According to lore, the brotherhood had created a map of stone--a clef de voûte . . . or keystone--an engraved tablet that revealed the final resting place of the brotherhood's greatest secret...information so powerful that its protection was the reason for the brotherhood's very existence."When we possess the keystone," the Teacher said, "we will be only one step away.""We are closer than you think. The keystone is here in Paris.""Paris? Incredible. It is almost too easy."Silas relayed the earlier events of the evening . . . how all four of his victims, moments before death, had desperately tried to buy back their godless lives by telling their secret. Each had told Silas the exact same thing--that the keystone was ingeniously hidden at a precise location inside one of Paris's ancient churches--the Eglise de Saint-Sulpice."Inside a House of the Lord," the Teacher exclaimed. "How they mock us!""As they have for centuries."The Teacher fell silent, as if letting the triumph of this moment settle over him. Finally, he spoke. "You have done a great service to God. We have waited centuries for this. You must retrieve the stone for me. Immediately. Tonight. You understand the stakes."Silas knew the stakes were incalculable, and yet what the Teacher was now commanding seemed impossible. "But the cathedral, it is a fortress. Especially at night. How will I enter?"With the confident tone of man of enormous influence, the Teacher explained what was to be done.* * *When Silas hung up the phone, his skin tingled with anticipation.One hour, he told himself, grateful that the Teacher had given him time to carry out the necessary penance before entering a house of God. I must purge my soul of today's sins. The sins committed today had been Holy in purpose. Acts of war against the enemies of God had been committed for centuries. Forgiveness was assured.Even so, Silas knew, absolution required sacrifice.Pulling his shades, he stripped naked and knelt in the center of his room. Looking down, he examined the spiked cilice belt clamped around his thigh. All true followers of The Way wore this device--a leather strap, studded with sharp metal barbs that cut into the flesh as a perpetual reminder of Christ's suffering. The pain caused by the device also helped counteract the desires of the flesh.Although Silas already had worn his cilice today longer than the requisite two hours, he knew today was no ordinary day. Grasping the buckle, he cinched it one notch tighter, wincing as the barbs dug deeper into his flesh. Exhaling slowly, he savored the cleansing ritual of his pain.Pain is good, Silas whispered, repeating the sacred mantra of Father Josemaria Escriva--the Teacher of all Teachers. Although Escriva had died in 1975, his wisdom lived on, his words still whispered by thousands of faithful servants around the globe as they knelt on the floor and performed the sacred practice known as "corporal mortification."Silas turned his attention now to a heavy knotted rope coiled neatly on the floor beside him. The Discipline. The knots were caked with dried blood. Eager for the purifying effects of his own agony, Silas said a quick prayer. Then, gripping one end of the rope, he closed his eyes and swung it hard over his shoulder, feeling the knots slap against his back. He whipped it over his shoulder again, slashing at his flesh. Again and again, he lashed.Castigo corpus meum.Finally, he felt the blood begin to flow.

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From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Riley, age 13, Calgary, ABRobert Langdon is a celebrity in the world of cryptology, the writer of many books, and, according to Boston Magazine, one of that city's most intriguing people. During a trip to Paris to speak about his passion for symbols, he is awakened one night by his hotel room's phone ringing. The following hours turn out to be the most harrowing of his life, as he is forced to evade the judicial police under suspicion of the murder of Jaques Sauniere, the curator of the Louvre museum. With the assistance of a fellow codebreaker, Robert finds himself uncovering not only the mystery of Sauniere's dying words, but also the links between the legend of the Holy Grail and a millennium-old secret society formed to protect the Catholic churches most outrageous secret. At the same time, a bizarre arm of Catholicism named Opus Dei is doing everything they can to stop the secret from being unveiled, even resorting to violence and murder.As it is such an interesting and, at times, thrilling read there is no doubt as to why The Da Vinci Code has been doing so well on the book charts, even though it has been on the shelves for such a long time. The character development is genius. The way Sophie and Robert make connections between things in their heads and out loud to each other is extremely believable. Also, I enjoyed the way ideas introduced at the beginning of the book came together near the middle and end. I often found myself wanting to skip ahead to find out the key to solving a certain code or the meaning behind a symbol, as the author certainly keeps the reader in suspense.I would recommend The Da Vinci Code to those who delight in a good mystery; it's plot twists and fiendishly difficult codes will be thoroughly enjoyed.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. THE DA VINCI CODE is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius."-NELSON DeMILLE, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I’ve ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles."-CLIVE CUSSLER, #1 New York Times bestseller"Dan Brown is my new must-read.  THE DA VINCI CODE is fascinating and absorbing -- perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story.  I loved this book."-HARLAN COBEN, New York Times bestselling author of Tell No One"The Da Vinci Code sets the hook-of-all-hooks, and takes off down a road that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning.  You simply cannot put this book down.  Thriller readers everywhere will soon realize Dan Brown is a master."-VINCE FLYNN, New York Times bestselling author of Separation of Power"I would never have believed that this is my kind of thriller, but I'm going to tell you something--the more I read, the more I had to read. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr. Brown, I am your fan."ROBERT CRAIS, New York Times bestselling author of Hostage