The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

A Novel

Book - 2003
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When an elderly curator of the Louvre turns up murdered, his body surrounded by enigmatic ciphers written in invisible ink, code-breaker Robert Langdon and French cyptologist are called in to unravel the clues to the killing, only to discover that the riddles are linked to the works of Leonardo da Vinci and to a clandestine, ruthless sect within the Catholic Church. 100,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu work to solve the murder of an elderly curator of the Louvre, a case which leads to clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci and a centuries-old secret society.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385504201
Characteristics: 454 p. ; 25 cm


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May 12, 2018

The Da Vinci Code was a compelling story involving a good mystery. A bit slow in parts but overall fantastic book. Great Work Mr.Brown

Dec 12, 2017

This is a detective story with many layers. Just when you think you've figured things out, you get some new information. I definitely recommend it.

Nov 21, 2017

Read this a number of years ago. Of course it was an astounding story - filled with intrigue, suspense a hint of the Supernatural just to give it come-on to the 'younger' folks out there (who still read).

Jul 05, 2017

I read this a while ago and didn't seem too into it then, but I might give it a reread. When a mystery is laid out in front of two young adults involving a murder of someone they both know, an investigation breaks out as they team up to break his mysterious trail to seek an object. A great classic, the plot digs itself deeper into more and more spirals that may or may not confuse readers if they aren't fully paying attention. Things aren't always what they seem, and sometimes what may seem to be is just scratching the surface of an even larger clue. I particularly liked the part with the "cryptic font" because I read about DaVinci somewhere and noted that his way of writing was, well, unique. So in a way, I solved that part pretty quickly. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Having never read the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I wasn't expecting much from the movie with the same name. I was surprised by how much I truly enjoyed the movie, though. The movie itself being based on the theory of Jesus Christ's living descendants walking the earth without even knowing about them, and being the 'holy grail' that went missing all those years ago. It tested many theories out, including Da Vinci theories, Catholic and Christianity theories, from believable to stretching the limits types of theories. At times the movie was confusing, especially towards the beginning scene with the murder, and then towards the end with the race against Tom Hanks' character. On the topic of Tom Hanks, I truly don't consider it one of his best works, as I found him to be really monotone and actually boring to watch at times. The movie was exciting in multiple ways as it kept you on your toes while Hanks' character Robert tried to decipher all the information he had got, while obliviously leading Sophie to her final destination on their journey. The mystery was really the only reason to watch the movie, as it kept you interested to find out what was going on. Overall, I found the theories could have been better organized and explained, but it was an interesting movie and I would recommend! I'd love to read the book as well, and would suggest doing the same. 3.5/5 Stars.
- @NemoReads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 03, 2017

This book was great! It is incredibly admirable that the author would publish a copy that is targeted to a teen audience. This was a page-turner, the suspense, the character development and all the plot twists!

ArapahoeKati Oct 07, 2016

I love art, conspiracy theories, and a smart man in Harris Tweed, so this is one of my guilty-pleasure-because-it's-fun-to-read books.

This book is easily one of my favourites, it is full of suspence and historical comments. The plot is facinating and every time I read, I feel like I need to read more.

Mar 22, 2016

It's very interesting, still so full of flaws. it's ok

Feb 22, 2016

Stupid. People, this story doesn't even make sense. Just think about it! It doesn't work. The action in the novel isn't even good, go check out a good thriller such as Child 44 or Gone Girl.

Dec 05, 2015

Harvard symbolism professor, Robert Langdon, finds himself caught one night in an adventure and trying to solve a 2 millennia old mystery. When a very wealthy socialite, Jacques Sauniere, gets murdered, the first clue he leaves points directly to Robert. Then, his granddaughter, Sophie helps Robert escape from the French Police, and together, they spend the night searching for Sauniere’s real murderer and trying to reach the 2 millennia old secret before it falls into the wrong hands, all while avoiding the police. Sophie also learns about the true history of her family and grandfather, who she cut off ties to a decade ago.
This story is one of the best mystery books I’ve ever read. The author, Dan Brown, has an extremely clever way of using historical facts and combining it with his touch of fiction interpretations in order to create a very intriguing and well-planned plot. It is a conspiracy theorist’s heaven. The more the story unravels itself, the more exciting it gets. The book is also very informative, especially about some ancient civilizations, and it shows different sides to alternate histories and different cultures. Another bonus is that the writing style and language of this book is beautifully composed together.
Another aspect I really enjoyed is the protagonists. Robert and Sophie are both extremely knowledgeable and intelligent, but they are characters that anyone can connect to. So I had a lot of fun reading about them skillfully break codes and solve mysteries.
Therefore, I think The Da Vinci Code would be an inspiring and adventurous read for anyone.

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Mar 06, 2012

Other: This book is full of so much error it will confuse you from actual history and fact. I suggest you don't pick it in the first place or you will regret it.

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AL_TATYANA Aug 17, 2016

"This symbol is one of the most powerful images you will see this term. Formally known as a pentagram - or pentacle, as the ancients called it - this symbol is considered both divine and magical by many cultures. Can tell me why that might be?"

Aug 21, 2012

"The keystone is well hidden"
"Extremely well hidden, I hope!"
"Actually," Langdon said, unable to hide his grin, "that depends on how often you dust under your couch."

Jul 09, 2008

When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe.


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