The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci--clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion--a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci--and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle--while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move--the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307277671
0307277674
9780307474278
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Brown Dan
Characteristics: 454 p. ;,25 cm.

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"The Da Vinci Code. Worst piece of writing... couldn't handle it after a few pages."


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👨‍🎨 Leonardo's name was just Leonardo, he didn't have any last name. He was called Leonardo da Vinci because he was from the town of Vinci, like you might say Joe from New York to distinguish him from Joe from Boston. So referring to the "da Vinci code" doesn't make much sense.
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I've noticed there are people who think Christ was Jesus' last name, and his parents were, I guess, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Mary Christ. Like Leonardo, Jesus had only the one name. Christ was a title he was known by. He was, like Leonardo, also known by where he was from, as Jesus of Nazareth.

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

The narrative twists and turns are lifted from Angels and Demons, but still an entertaining read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 03, 2020

This is one of my all-time favourite books. I read The Da Vinci Code for the first time maybe 3 years ago, after a friend from school recommended it, and to this day it has been the best book recommendation I have ever gotten. Dan Brown does an amazing job of creating this historical but captivating thriller as he includes a lot of real facts to give it that authenticity many other authors lack. Adding in secret societies, secrets that have been lost for centuries, and never knowing who to trust makes for a suspenseful and fun read. This is the perfect book if you are new to thrilling/intense action books, as it is a very generally appealing book! Don’t let that stop you though if you are already an action fan, you will also love this book! 5/5 stars
@LucindatheGreen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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kmcdouall
Aug 15, 2019

Everybody had to read it, but I thought the writing was very poor and the story contrived, whatever you might think of the theology involved.

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DMcGraw_0
Mar 29, 2019

The Da Vinci Code is the second installment of the Robert Langdon series and I must say, I enjoyed this more than its predecessor 'Angels & Demons', (although that was also a great read!). If you love twists and turns in every chapter and you're open minded when it comes to the 'power struggle' between science and religion, this should be the next book you read.

Are you looking for prose when it comes to writing? Dan Brown isn't your man.

Are you looking for deep and meaningful character development? Dan Brown isn't your man.

Are you looking for a thoroughly well researched page-turning thriller that may change the way you think about everything you've been told about religion growing up? Dan Brown is definitely your man.

Now stop reading this and start reading The Da Vinci Code

*Places a Hold on 'The Lost Symbol'*

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rohan_kumar
Feb 27, 2019

Easily one of the greatest books of this generation. Brown is masterful at weaving together history and suspense in order to create a thrilling and intense book while still being able to tie everything together underneath the fabric of the historical premise. The plot is meticulously crafted, creative, and is sure to keep you enchanted. Overall, The Da Vinci Code is an amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone.

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WoodneathLaura
Aug 25, 2018

Thrilling and complex.

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lReaderl
Jul 12, 2018

Refreshing mystery suspense novel that has numerous plot twists along the way. The main characters have French police & killers on their trail, and they must figure out the meaning of a secret code (of complexity & criticism) before they are caught.
Recommend.

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Wonderboy1506
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

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darcyhudjik
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.

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Sexual Content: This book contains sexual references

Violence: If you prefer a less voilent book, read 'The Phoenix Files'

Coarse Language: It has words such as 's**t' and 'd**k'

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NobleSix
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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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."

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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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