Art historian Robert Langdon is stunned when, helping to investigate a murder at the Louvre, he stumbles across baffling clues in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Will Robert and a beautiful cryptologist find the key to the Da Vinci Code...or will the menacing adversaries on their heels see to it that they die trying? "Pure genius" (Nelson DeMille).
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY(TM) BOOK REVIEW
Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons) is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient cover-ups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's cheif curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups - the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year old secret society whose member have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts.
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Hardcover Book : 464 pages
Publisher: Doubleday ( March 18, 2003 )
Item #: 11-399822
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.045inches
Product Weight: 18.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This would have been the type of book I typically enjoy; however, having read thousands of books (no kidding, I'm old am a voracious reader) it took 3 starts to finally complete this book. This should be used in a writing class as 'How not to write a mystery!' The characters are improbable, the plot is nonsense, there's a coincidence in every scene. Usually, I'm not at a loss for words but. . . this book has probably sold tens of millions of copies and I've got to wonder why? It's hard to argue with success, and the only answer I can come up with is that most who read this are too ashamed to admit it simply stinks. It's like trying to find someone that will admit to having voted twice for G. Bush! Wish to read something of this nature? Try an old book by Cook, believe it's called "Sphinx," and see how it flows and holds your interest and compare it to Brown's atrocious style, his kindergarten dialog. Yes, I tried 'Angels and Demons' and tossed it 5 pages in. Anyone that finds this book well-written has to have a sub-normal I.Q. or be under 10 years of age. I simply can not adequately stump this book enough. With one possible exception, Brown is the worst writer publishing today and his sales aside, there's no excuse for allowing this unmitigated trash to be published. Then again, there's no accounting for taste and as our culture declines it's reflected in the material the general populace will buy and read. I'd like to meet this guy and tell him to his face how much I loath his writing; though, I'm certain he'd just laugh all the way to the bank. Don't kill off anymore brain cells and forget about his latest spew of garbage. Hoping the 'Lost Symbol' stays that way: LOST! In another era, he'd be stoned for these abominations.
Reviewer: joe h
I borrowed my first read, but since then I have ordered all the books in the series. A must read and you will read them more than once.
Reviewer: Patti B
This book is a great read. It is definitely a page turner and a quick read. The plot and characters are well developed and Brown obviously did a large amount of historical research. The important thing with this book, to enjoy it, is to remember that it is a work of fiction.
couldn't put the book down. a lot of information that makes you really think about your own beliefs.amazing how all this information can be connected to make sense . even has walt disney movies (snow white,sleeping beauty,little mermaid) connected to this information. great read -plan to read it again
Reviewer: Kitty V