The Da Vinci Code Download 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 Wow, this was a fantastic book! I went into it not knowing what to expect. Despite the good reviews I’d heard about it, I thought it would have a strong pro-Christian slant, and thus wouldn’t be the right book for me. However, the premise of the story strongly disputed the entire basis of modern Christianity—which meshed quite nicely with my own way of thinking. As a Goddess worshiper, I already knew and understood a lot of the stuff about the Goddess that was discussed, and the stuff that was newer to me was how it tied in to Christianity. Most likely, I was coming from the opposite side of the coin as so many other readers, to whom the Goddess-aspect is the newer concept rather than the more familiar. Nevertheless, I can honestly say that even from the standpoint of a practicing Pagan and Wiccan, the story held my interest right up until the very end, and I had no qualms with the way the author handled the feminine divinity at all. The entire book, with the exception of the epilogue, takes place within the course of a single day. Thinking back on that, I found it amazing that I didn’t find the story to lag in any way, and that the author could spread an entire 24 hour period over 454 pages. Unlike a previous reviewer who claimed that the short chapters made it harder to read, I found just the opposite to be the case. I was continually saying to myself, “I can get in just one more short chapter before bed.” Which in turn made it impossible to put down. :) And the flashbacks to past memories… I didn’t find too excessive at all. Perhaps that opinion is tempered somewhat by the book I read right before this one, Minion by L. A. Banks, in which the excessive rambling of the characters’ long thought processes was driving me crazy. But I digress… I told my partner that he simply MUST read this book, so I’ve put it on reserve at our local library for him. He usually doesn’t read all that much, but with all the hype surrounding this book because of the film and all, and the fact that I’m sure the book was better than the movie as is usually the case, I’m hoping I can get him to read it within the allotted time once it’s available to us. It’s the kind of book I want everyone I know to read. If they haven’t already… I’m interested in hearing what some of my other Pagan friends have to say about it too, particularly with regards to the Goddess aspect.
Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, the second book in a three-book series, is about professor and symboligist Robert Langdon, and how he attempts to unravel an ancient code and to uncover the greatest mystery of all time. Langdon is in Paris on business when he is summoned to The Louvre by the French Police. When at the museum, Robert finds the dead body of museum curator, Jacques Saunière, in a very peculiar manner. As he lay dying, he drew a pentagram around himself with his own blood, and laid in the position of the Vitruvian Man, a painting by none other than Leonardo da Vinci. But that was not the end of Jacques Saunière’s final moments. With a black-light visible pen ink, he wrote a series of clues, which ended with P.S Find Robert Langdon, making Professor Langdon the #1 suspect for the murder. With the help of cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, who happens to be the victim’s granddaughter, Robert escapes the clutches of the police and The Louvre, and with their knowledge, they discover clues within the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. Wherever their path takes them, the discoveries they make could shake the foundations of mankind.
Reading this book was anything but a struggle. It was a page-turner until the very end; once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Dan Brown’s ability to intrigue his audience as well as educate them was truly shown is this novel. Aside from the nagging thought in the back of my mind to find out how the novel ends throughout reading, the amount of historical knowledge that I learned from the story was exponential. Every time that there would be something about art or historic cults that I didn’t know anything about, Robert Langdon would conveniently have a flashback to a certain class he was teaching about that topic, in turn teaching the reader. This is one of many ways that the author, Dan Brown shows his skills, by intricately educating thec reader in a cohesive manner with the actual plot of the book. Dan Brown also develops major suspense and curiosity with the development of many major characters. Only until later in the book do many of the characters show their true intentions, which make readers wonder who is and is not benevolent. With all of the excitement that barely slows down, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action-packed novels and to those who have a liking for famous paintings. However, if you are into the love story type novels, I would not recommend this novel. This novel made me want to read the last book in the series, The Lost Symbol, even more, and I will read it during the summer- instead of one of the, suggested books from Pewaukee’s Summer Reading Program.
This is a book that really blew me away. It was suggested to me by my friend John and I want to thank him for suggesting such a great book to me. This book is based on a quest to find the Holy Grail. It's crazy the detail that Dan Brown used when he wrote this book. The adventure that this book takes you on is something that can only be experienced by reading this book. That is why I suggest if you have not read the book you go out and do it. This book keeps you hooked. Dan Brown used a strategy that I have not seen other authors use. He is constantly switching between characters and telling the story in a third person view. The plot in this story is somewhat to be expected when it's about a quest to find a treasure. There are some unexpected twists in the plot that cause you to continue to read like I stated before. The craziest part of the story is the facts that this story bring to the table. It changed my mind on basically everything I thought about the Church; granted some of the facts could have easily made up. Either way I think it's great that Brown included this is his story. The main character Robert Langdon has a great outlook on life and his background is something that really intrigued me. In the third chapter Brown explains Langdon's outlook on life, "As someone who had spent his life exploring the hidden interconnectivity of disparate symbols and ideologies, Langdon viewed the world as a web of profoundly intertwined histories and events. The connections may be invisible, he often preached to his symbology classes at Harvard, but they are always there, buried just beneath the surface." This is one of the most truthful quotes that I can agree with. There are lots of life lessons that can be taken out of this book and that's just another reason why I love this book. Another example of this is in chapter seven. This is a chapter where Sister Sandrine gives he opinion on the mistreatment of women. "It seemed Eve’s bite from the apple of knowledge was a debt women were doomed to pay for eternity". As you can see this is a novel that I enjoyed a great deal and learned a lot from. This has a great story as well as themes that are presented in this story. I suggest that everyone goes out and picks up a copy of this book.
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