The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

 

SuspenseThe DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown; Anchor Books 2003WorldCatSecrets within puzzles within anagrams within cryptograms – that’s what Robert Langdon finds when he is pulled into the investigation of the curator of the Louvre. This Harvard professor is in Paris to give a lecture in his field, symbology and iconography. Jacques Sauniere is shot in the Louvre. The murderer leaves while Sauniere is bleeding to death. The victim knows he has a short time to live, and leaves a coded message to help discover what has happened.

Sauniere is the possessor of a centuries old secret. He needs to pass the secret on, but only to someone who is worthy. He hopes his granddaughter and Langdon are able to decipher his clues. Now Langdon is pulled into the murder investigation, and may be a suspect. When Sophie Neveu, from the cryptology department, appears at the scene of the death, everything gets complicated. Before the end of this novel Langdon has traveled though France and England with the French police close behind him. He is trying to solve a puzzle that is as old as the Christian world.

The DaVinci Code is an excellently crafted novel. The action is fast, the puzzles are tricky, and once you think they’re solved, another pops up. This book will be offensive, though, to Catholics and fundamental Christians. It investigates some basic Christian tenants. It pulls on challenged studies of the basics of Christianity that have been in process of centuries. This book showcases the genius of Leonardo DaVinci as well. It includes symbology, ancient beliefs, and pagan rites.

Despite my own Christian beliefs, I think this is a great book and  recommend it, with the disclaimer of the challenges to personal beliefs. Brown has a winner in this novel.

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