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The Da Vinci Code: (Robert Langdon Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Brown
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With The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoterica culled from 2,000 years of Western history. A murder in the silent after-hours halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle.

The duo become both suspects and detectives searching not only for Neveu's grandfather's murderer, but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England and history itself. Brown has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh, Amazon.com

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In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoterica culled from 2,000 years of Western history.

A murder in the silent after-hours halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his daughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's father's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, Neveu and Langdon embark on a breathless flight through France, England and history itself.

Brown has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh, Amazon.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (6 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SHDP4K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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116 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abridged 18 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Very enjoyable. However it should be noted that this is an abridged version. It dosen't tell you that in the details.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Agonising 23 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
This is a foetid mess of a book spewed by accident from the substandard brain of one Dan Brown. It is possible that the following review contains spoilers, although since the book has already been thoroughly spoiled in the writing process it's hard to see how I could make it worse.

Essentially, the lead character, Robert Langdon, is a symbolologist who is called in to investigate a peculiar murder in the Louvre. Symbolololology, incidentally, is I think one of those subjects they only teach at former polytechnics, like Klingon or horse studies.

Anyway, from this bloody beginning, Langdon is gradually drawn into a vast conspiracy which implicates the entire Catholic church but oddly involves no paedophelia whatsoever. Along the way he meets a Frenchwoman and a cripple who is English (and therefore evil). He also spends a great deal of time spaffing on about symbololololology, all of which finally comes to a head when the grand secret - that people have sex - is finally spilt.

Brown's prose is so apocalyptically awful that my eyelids nearly glued themselves shut in self-defence. You know the story behind The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, in which tragically-paralysed author Jean-Dominique Bauby was forced to blink out every letter as he dictated the manuscript? Well, Brown appears to have written Code in a similarly laborious manner, by banging his head against the keyboard for fourteen billion hours and then deleting anything he didn't recognise as a word while still concussed.

The characters, despite what is supposed to be a burgeoning romance between the leads, are as bland and uninteresting as a magnolia urinal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Dan Brown took his ideas from researchers of books such as "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" and the nonsenses such as the Priory of Sion. True, most novelists don't let the facts get in the way of a good story, but this isn't a good story. Brown's writing style is so cliche-ridden and boring you feel that you're being punished for something as you read ot.
Still, at a penny a copy, perhaps it's worth buying-maybe you have a wobbly table round the house that need righting
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but overhyped. 23 July 2005
Format:Paperback
Whilst I certainly found The Da Vinci code entertaining, what lets it down for me is the way it is written. I felt the writing was on a level with some of the books I was reading back at school. The basic plotline keeps you turning pages, but I would class this as mildly diverting pulp rather than a masterwork.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, at best. 22 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
I did not enjoy this at all. Whilst the plot is vaguely interesting; the characters are terrible, very transparent and just there to propel the story along, there was no depth to any of them, you don't feel any emotion towards the characters, and the only person I did feel any sort of sympathy towards is the villain! The writing is terrible, and there are Biblical and 'arty' facts are just thrown in there for the sake of sounding impressive. Please do not waste your time reading this.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book... 18 Dec 2009
By seun
Format:Paperback
...for people who don't read.

Where do I start? Stereotyped characters, flat dialogue, an extremely annoying repetitive style of writing, clues and puzzles aimed at morons (although it seems to take the characters centuries to solve these puzzles), and one of the most ridiculous ideas for a bad guy I've ever read. A secret, shadowy organisation uses an albino monk to do their dirty work? Right. He won't stand out in a crowd, will he?

One of the defences fans of DVC seem to agree on is the idea that if a book is exciting and a page turner, then what else matters? For the record, I love a good story; I love wanting to know where a plot and characters are going, but I also love characters who are well-rounded creations just as I love a plot that doesn't treat me like an idiot and lie to the reader from the first page with `facts' which are either mistakes or outright lies. An intelligent, well-written book doesn't have to stand apart from an exciting, interesting story. These issues aren't mutually exclusive as so many people believe.

There are so many things wrong with this book that when reading it a couple of years ago, I wondered if Brown was having a laugh by deliberately coming up with such an awful book. After skimming through a few of his other titles, I see I was wrong. He is one of the worst published authors around and this is literally the worst book I have ever read.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something here? 16 July 2005
Format:Paperback
I will be totally honest and confess that all the hype about this book put me off reading it for a long time. However, it was given to me as a birthday present and it would have been rude to not give it a try. Well, I've read it and I really can't see what the fuss is all about.
The writing style is stilted and clumsy. There are many errors and don't get me started on the way in which Mr Brown continually manufactures cliff-hangers for almost every chapter.If that is the only way he can make his readers want to read on then so be it, but it annoyed me beyond measure. I mean, how many times can someone open a box, gasp in disbelief at the contents and then not describe them for another three chapters?
My favourite spate of bad writing comes quite early on, during the drive from the Louvre to the American Embassy. Sophie has been thinking back about "the terrible thing" she saw her grandfather doing without ever letting the reader in on the secret. However, the moment she decides to think about it is when she is trying to escape the police in a high speed chase. She is driving and I'm pretty sure she would be better off concentrating on the road.
Best of all though is the drive from the Louvre to the embassy. On page 190, Sophie sets off, knowing that it is less than half a mile to get there. On page 192, after driving directly towards the embassy, she sighs with relief as now there is less than a mile to go. I've never been to Paris but the authorities really should do something about the spatial rift that apparently exists there. Generally, when I drive towards something, I get nearer to it, not further away.
The ending is very weak too but I won't spoil it for you. The author has already done that.
It's not a terrible book but it could have been so much better. Read "The Name Of The Rose" if you want an intelligent thriller. If you must read this then at least see the flaws and appreciate that they stretch into the supposed revelatory theories as well.
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