emmejo, August 10, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Robert Langdon, a Havard professor doing a lecture tour, is woken in the middle of the night by the police. The curator of the Louvre has been murdered the night that Langdon was suppose to meet him. The police suspect Langdon, but he is innocent. Helped by Sophie Neveu, a cryptologist, he tries to solve the murder and clear his name.
I had been meaning to read this book for a long time, so when I saw it at a book sale this past spring I bought it. It was one of the heaviest books I got, so it was in the bottom of the bag of books I bought and I only just got around to reading it a few days ago.
It was really good! The writing was clever and I loved the interesting puzzles and riddles. The characters were interesting and felt quite real. I recommend the movie too if you liked this book!
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brunettegal418, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This book is truly a work of magic. I could not put the book down for the life of me as the storyline pulled me into the secret world of Paris and London as riddles and puzzles enveloped me deeper into the plot. Not only does Dan Brown write almost as smart as Leonardo Da Vinci, but he also creates a realistic world of secret societies that makes the reader truly wonder about some of our history. Everyone who wants to read a truly fascinating novel should dive into this masterpiece by genius Mr. Brown.
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Jena, October 3, 2007 (view all comments by Jena)
I do not understand why people liked this book so much. It's predictable, the writing style is nothing special, and the puzzles that should have been fun for the reader weren't.
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by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
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In an exhilarating blend of scholarly intelligence, relentless adventure, and cutting wit, Robert Langdon (first introduced in Angels & Demons) and his new adventure combines the punch of Robert Ludlum, the intriguing historical touch of Umberto Eco, and the nonstop suspense of Michael Crichton.
by Random House,
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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