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  • Paperback: 605 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi, London; 1st Corgi Edition edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552149519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552149518
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"'Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I've ever read. An amazing tale with enigmas piled on secrets stacked on riddles'" (Clive Cussler)

"'The more I read, the more I had to read. 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)

"'Wow...Blockbuster perfection...An exhilaratingly brainy thriller. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase'" (The New York Times)

"'Fascinating and absorbing...A great, riveting read. I loved this book'" (Harlan Coben)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book on the recommendation of a couple of friends, where the wife thought it was a good airport novel and the husband loathed it so much he could not bring himself to finish it. I tend to agree with the wife: the Da Vinci code is something that will keep you busy on a plane or a train, particularly if it is a Friday evening flight and you are tired. The book will keep you awake, and you will want to finish it the same night, but at the same time you will not want to keep it for you library, so you can throw it away as soon as you arrive at destination. Basically the author strings together a series of interesting ideas and facts, but does not attempt to construct real characters- it feels like you are reading a film script- no introspection, unidimensional sterotyped characters (just one character sums it up: the English female librarian wearing a cardigan and speaking like Bertie Wooster's aunt), long factual speeches/lectures for the readers who did not take Art History at school (one such speech is in fact a reminescence of an Art History lecture given by the main character- how lame can you get??) and some gimmicks that remind you of the puzzles you used to do when you were a child.
Still, on the whole a pleasant way to spend a few hours. Would recommend it because it offers many leads for further reading. !
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117 of 127 people found the following review helpful By G. Palmer on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
The story: OK, after some grisly murders the main characters are thrust into a situation where they are desperately trying to work out the true meaning and the true location of the Holy Grail by decoding clues and "symbology" (that is apparently hidden almost everywhere in every day life). It takes them from Paris to London and back again. The Police are after them, the "bad-guys" are after them and "the Church" are most definitly involved too.
The basis of this Holy Grail novel is that the history of Jesus Christ's life was changed by "the Church" to suit their own means and the "real story" was kept hidden by a secret society made up of many well known and/or well respected people throughout history. The good-guys are trying to work out the secret ... the bad-guys don't want the secret revealed. It's fiction based on a fairly well known conspiracy theory .... that's all.
Not being from a religious upbringing but instead just being made aware that a lot of ideas/religions exist and we can make up our own minds about what we choose to believe and what we don't - I read this with an open mind.
To be honest, I took the "based on fact" statement at the beginning with a pinch of salt... the book is classed as "fiction" after all. If you read it as fiction but also understand that the theories behind it are real (note I say "theories"!!!) then I believe that you can enjoy this book the way it should be enjoyed.
It certainly had me quite intrigued most of the way (although I did work quite a few things out by myself). I wanted to find out who the bad-guy (Teacher) truly was and who was setting-up the lead characters, Sophie Neveu & Robert Langdon. Was Bezu Fache (the nasty French copper) really as bad as he appeared? Or maybe worse?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2014
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I am reading this because it is one of the very few books on the BBC's recommended top 100 big reads that I haven't read, and I am very excited about actually finishing a list of must read books.

This is the only reason why I actually struggled all the way to the end of this book.

It was parlous. Poorly plotted with massive holes in it in terms of police procedures, time lines etc, the dialogue is execrable and the characters unutterably stupid. Given the fact that Sophie is supposed to be a crack cryptographer her failure to grasp even the simplest puzzle is astonishing, and the exposition required on every page for the plot to work is so ludicrous it reads more like a text book or a travel guide than a novel. The whole thing is a clunky, ridiculous,aggravating mess.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. MARSHALL on 24 Jun. 2007
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I missed the hype so read this book without any particular expectation. Some of the pseudo history gave my eyebrows exercise but I enjoyed it as an adventure yarn. However on a closer look I realised that the book is a bog standard story of the genre with a clever wee construction that has been spectacularly successful at the cash register. The story has the usual pieces, an unlikely hero who just happens to be honest, clever and handsome, and a beautiful woman he just happens to click with. They are drawn into a violent and mysterious event and are forced, in the face of unknown and multifarious enemy, to solve the mystery themselves. Naturally the blundering authorities have got the wrong end of the stick and are trying to pin the crime on our handsome and moral hero. It all comes out in the wash in the end, villain vanquished, hero and girl triumphant. Dan Brown's trick has been to hang a series of historical "factoids" on the plot to give it body and purpose, letting the reader in on apparently revelationary secrets from the past. Well done Mr Brown, but let's not take it seriously, it's fiction guys.
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