- Paperback: 605 pages
- Publisher: Corgi, London; First Corgi Edition edition (1 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552149519
- ISBN-13: 978-0752100401
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,727 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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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
"'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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The story itself is very good. All be my one dislike is that the author chooses to never have the characters swear which in some of the situations they face I would have, so does become a bit “Mother might read it” feel. We don’t need pages of bad language but still. All in all definitely recommend the book to others.
But, much as I admire Mr Brown, this book is the weakest in terms of storyline. The Robert Langdon character becomes most irritating. The plot is padded out so much with environmental facts that the storyline becomes blurred. For example, RL is about to be shot by a ruthless hired assassin....but wait, let's first admire the 16th century fresco painted by so and so. The plot twist is really something akin to that Dallas shower scene.
I can't really imagine Tom hanks doing this film, it would be the shortest ever. On the plus side, the book has made me want to visit the cities so beautifully described.
Still, it's quite good, especially as a holiday read.
got into it from the few first pages
really liked the theory about the Holy grail, opus dei and other stuff
made some research on my own because i wanted to know more and discover more
never forgot that book is a fiction with some real facts
would recommend that book without any hesitation
deserve its past success
Despite what many reviews will tell you, this book is excellent. Some people see it as "an attack on religion" because of some of the running themes in the story; I see that the book doesn't shed religion (specifically Christianity) in the most favourable light, but I don't agree that it's an attack on religion in the same way as I don't see Ghandi's biography as an attack on white people.
Or borrow it off someone who has read it, because they won't want to read it twice.
The thrill of the book is not knowing what's going to happen next, so if you know, then I don't think you'd get the same pleasure.
The film is rubbish so read this instead.
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