jalena, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by jalena)
Mystery, suspense, and action on a journey through time and art. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A religious scandal covered up for centuries has been unveiled. Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of religious symbology is unwillingly launched into into a quest to discover the truth of the Holy Grail. The Louve museum plays a key role in this intelligent novel. If you are hesitating to read this book because of your religious affiliation, what you should know is that this book is a work of fiction and not being passed off as fact. I would recommend this to anyone who likes books that challenge you to think beyond what you believe you already know. You end this story feeling very attached to every character. From a British scholar who has something to hide to an albino monk who kills for his religious beliefs. If I could, I would give The Da Vinci Code six stars.
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shelldog, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by shelldog)
I know there is a lot of hype about this book...and the movie, which usually would make me pause to vote it best book of the decade. But you have to admit, it is a really good book. It has action, history, romance and was to me a major eye opener to the role of religion in human history. Even if you have seen the movie the book is worth reading.
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University Student, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by University Student)
I think that, although there were many great books published over the last decade, this is definitely the greatest of them all. Dan Brown managed to take obscure religious and historical topics, and package them into an erudite thriller. I can't wait to finish The Lost Symbol!
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Carol Adams, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Carol Adams)
Historical references and the elements of intrigue so aptly penned kept the reader absorbed in the story as it unfolded. The premise of the book itself opened the flood-gates of discussion of the possibility that the book was not so fictitious after all...hmmmm?
Even the History Channel was intrigued, spurring documentaries and discussions in other media.
Yes, this book was entertaining to read, but
I nominate this for the Book of the Decade, because of the IMPACT that the book had...opening discussions everywhere about it's content!
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"A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure."
by The Denver Post,
"Thriller writing doesn't get any better than this."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[A]n exhaustively researched page-turner....Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts."
by Library Journal,
"Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense."
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"[A] gleefully erudite suspense novel....Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops."
by Charles Taylor, Salon.com,
"[A]n ingenious mixture of paranoid thriller, art history lesson, chase story, religious symbology lecture and anti-clerical screed, and it's the most fun you can have between the sort of covers that aren't 300-count Egyptian cotton....[A] hugely entertaining book."
by Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly,
"By pulp thriller standards, Code is brainy stuff....[I]t ain't Clive Cussler. But it's not Umberto Eco, either...a straightforward, code-cracking mystery quest for the Sunday Jumble set. (Grade: B)"
by Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World,
"Brown keeps the pace fast, the puzzles that lead to the Grail are exceedingly clever, and there is a flurry of surprises and betrayals before the mystery is finally solved."
by Ayesha Court, USA Today,
"The Da Vinci Code mixes page-turning suspense with art history, architecture and religious history."
by Frank Sennett, Booklist,
"Despite being hampered by clunky flashback sequences and place descriptions that read like tourist brochures, the story is full of brain-teasing puzzles and fascinating insights into religious history and art."
by Jim Fusilli, Boston Globe,
"[A] dazzling performance...a delightful display of erudition....Brown delivers a crackling, intricate mystery, complete with breathtaking escapes and several stunning surprises. It's challenging, exciting, and a whole lot more."
< b> An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.< /b> < br> < b> A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.< /b> < br> < b> An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.< /b> < br> < br> As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, < b> The Da Vinci Code< /b> is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece& #8212; from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.
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