Download The Da Vinci Code Online by Dan Brown Click Here to Download the Book An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last. 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.
Reviews Once I began this extraordinary book, I could not put it down. "The Da Vinci Code" is so much more than a gripping suspense thriller. Dan Brown takes us beyond the main plot and leads us on a quest for the Holy Grail a Grail totally unlike anything we have been taught to believe. With his impeccable research, Mr. Brown introduces us to aspects and interpretations of Western history and Christianity that I, for one, had never known existed...or even thought about. I found myself, unwillingly, leaving the novel, and time and time again, going online to research Brown's research - only to find a new world of historic possibilities opening up for me. And my quest for knowledge and the answers to questions that the book poses, paralleled, in a sense, the quest of the book's main characters. What a trip! What a read! A violent murder is committed in the Louvre Museum. The museum's chief curator, who is also the head of a remarkable secret society that has existed since the death of Christ, is found dead and gruesomely positioned on the floor near The Mona Lisa. In the minutes before he died, this very complex man was able to leave clues for his daughter to follow. The daughter, a brilliant cryptographer, along with a famed US symbologist, follow her father's codes and leads, hoping that he will, through his death, finally tell her what he wanted to confide in her while he lived. The secret society included members such as: Leonardo Da Vinci, Boticelli, Gallileo, Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, Jean Cocteau, etc. These folks really Did belong to this society, which Really existed! This is when I first began my online search. The mystery, or mysteries, take us through England, France and far back in time. We learn about the secret of the Knights Templar, and the symbolism in many of the world's most treasured paintings, as well as architectural symbolism in some of history's most sacred churches. Of course, we also learn who committed the murder and why - although this is almost secondary next to the real epic mystery the novel uncovers. If there are flaws in the plot, I was too busy reading to discover any. That is probably the sign of a terrific book! The writing is excellent and the characters are a bit on the super-hero/heroine side, but who cares? Is what "The Da Vinci Code" proposes true? Well, the research is correct. The historical events and people explored in the book are real. But no one knows the Truth...nor will we ever, probably. I think that some things are meant to be a mystery. With all the world's diverse religions and each individual's belief in what is Divine - the Truth would have to destroy the beliefs, hopes and lives of many of the world's population. So, perhaps, in the divine scheme of things, there are many more Truths than one. Don't take the book too seriously. Just read it and enjoy!
If you have yet to read the Da Vinci Code, buy this book and read it. While there are not a great many, those visual aids -- schematics, photos, maps -- that are included are extremely helpful. Some of the photographs are breathtaking. This book is exactly as it's cracked up to be. It is extraordinarily well conceived and superbly written. One has to admire an author who can write minute detail without it being perceived as filler. Every detail presented in The Da Vinci Code is pertinent. It is also much to the author's credit to be able to keep so much detail straight and to present it in such a way as to keep the reader interested. The plot is constructed so expertly that it all seems
quite plausible (hence the controversy). Intrigue abounds. The characters are believable and well-constructed. As I often do with a book as jam-packed with information as this one, I set it down periodically to give myself time to absorb what I'm reading. It may be only a few minutes, or an hour, and, occasionally, a day. The short chapters make setting it down and picking it up again very easy to do. This book is a novel (again, that's fiction, folks) about the closeness of Mary Magdelene to Jesus and how the "true" knowledge of their relationship might affect Christian religion and practice as we know them today. Certainly the emergence of the power of the sacred feminine would cause problems for those who see Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam as, primarily (and in some cases totally), the realm of men. For me, the most important phrase in the whole book, considering the topic, was young Sophie's answer to her grandfather's query about the possibility that Jesus had a girlfriend. Her innocent and unbiased child's answer was, "I wouldn't mind." Out of the mouths of babes.... I would recommend that all those with any awareness of the spiritual and organized religion aspect of mankind read this book and then talk about it with others. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. The Da Vinci Code is a fascinating and exciting read. For those interested in a NOVEL about the papacy and the election of a new Pope, I recommend the book and the movie The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West.
Amazing! Wonderful! I have no words for this book. It's just captivating and makes you wanna read more and more and more. When i started this book, it seemed to be dragging. It was so slow and i couldn't just understand some of the things. Then i took it slow and i loved it on and on. The codes, paintings, Opus Dei, Priory of the Sion, etc etc... Every single thing was so amazing and made me wnt to read on. This is the second book im reading of Dan Brown but i must say. He is an amazing author! Just awesome! I loved the codes especially. The codes and how they deciphered it. The answers. The ending. Everything was just WOW WOW WOW... Im in love with Dan Brown now!!!
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