Category: "Robert Langdon"

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

July 11th, 2006

The Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownWhile in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Landon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci - clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

The stakes are raised when Langdon uncovers a startling link: The late curator was involved in the Prior of Sion - an actual secret society whose member included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. Langdon suspects they are on the hunt for a breathtaking historical secret, one that has proved through the centuries to be as enlightening as it is dangerous. In a frantic race through Paris, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu find themselves matching wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to anticipate their every move. Unless the can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle, the Priory's secret - and an explosive ancient truth - will be lost forever.

Breaking the mold of traditional suspense novels, The Da Vinci Code is simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail. From the opening pages to the unpredictable and stunning conclusion, bestselling author Dan Brown proves himself a master storyteller.

For the longest time I put off reading Dan Brown's most popular novel. I am sure I was one of the last to read it. Opinions I read and heard before I read it only served to delay me further. Non-readers would say everyone should read it basically because....everyone else had read it. Readers would say that the writing was sub-par and if you had not read the book you should not waste your time. With such enthusiastic recommendations as those, I hope no one blames me for my hesitancy. The only one who should be disappointed with me for not reading it sooner is me. But it is easy to say that now that I have read the book.

Cast my early doubts about this book aside, it was brilliant. The conspiracy theories themselves are centuries old, but piecing them together in such a way and wrapping a story around them was masterfully done. I feel like an over-proud parent gushing with praise for a child's modest accomplishment, but The Da Vinci Code was the best book I have read in a long time.

The book was full of suspense and intrigue. I love a good conspiracy, especially one directed towards organized religion. I can see how Catholics might not appreciate Mr. Brown's book, but remember that the details are centuries old. He did not create them, he just wrote a hit book about them.

The book wrapped up well. I was afraid that he would rush the ending or worse yet, leave the book somewhat incomplete. I will not go into any detail about the ending, but I will say that I was very satisfied with it. I have my closure.

I like Robert Langdon as a protagonist. I like how Brown had him fumble around and trip over himself in a few situations. He is a professor and not an international adventurer. The book has somewhat of an Indiana Jones feel to it, but the leading men are not two peas in a pod...yet. Who knows, maybe when I read Angels & Demons I will feel differently.

I have heard from many sources that Angels & Demons is actually the better book. I am excited to read it, though I must admit I am not sure it can top The Da Vinci Code in my mind.

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