Review: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) by Dan Brown

the da vinci code

Title: The Da Vinci Code
Series: Robert Langdon, Book 2
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Release Date: March 28, 2006 by Anchor
Source: Purchased
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Synopsis

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. Solving 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…and 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. The Louvre curator has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory’s most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic, hidden for centuries.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei—a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory’s secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory’s secret—and a stunning historical truth—will be lost forever.

In an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit, symbologist Robert Langdon (first introduced in Dan Brown’s bestselling Angels & Demons) is the most original character to appear in years. The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable…right up to its astonishing conclusion.

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Review

I’ve had this on my bookshelf for a few years now and after watching the movie decided it was time for me to read it. I think perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I not watched the movie first as I kept comparing it to the book throughout.

I chose to read this solely because I enjoyed the film, purely for entertainment reasons. I’m not a religious person so this didn’t wave any red flags for me; if anything it made me question my knowledge on religion.

I loved the code-breaking, puzzles and riddles as they always kept me on my toes, trying to guess before they worked it out (didn’t have much luck though). I thought the symbology was amazing the way they saw it in everything and especially in Da Vinci’s art. This was a real page-turner for me but had to keep reminding myself to keep an open-mind and not judge.

A good mystery, thriller filled with lots of suspense. Unfortunately it’s just not my type of book.

3 rating

Ashton

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