Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#BookReview--> The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Title and Author: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Print Length: 597 Pages
Publication Date: 2003
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

My Review:

A baffling and dramatic murder of the curator of the Louvre museum leaves the French police calling in the renowned symbologist, Robert Langdon to decipher the strange symbols covering the dead man’s body and aid the police in their investigations. Now along with the French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu who is also the granddaughter of the victim they must race against time and unseen adversaries to solve this murder mystery and also follow the trail to solve the cryptic messages left by Da Vinci in his works which although visible to everyone are yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

As they sort through the riddles and uncover secrets, they are shocked to learn that the late curator was involved in an ancient secret society called the Priory of Scion whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo and Da Vinci. But what’s more startling is that he was the guardian of a historical secret so deadly that it was worth killing for!

Can they solve this labyrinth of dark riddles and deadly secrets to uncover the truth?
Will they be able to find the killer?

First published in 2003, this is Dan Brown’s second Robert Langdon book. Dan Brown questions the role of Mary Magdalene in the history of Christianity and this book is part of the exploration of alternative religious history. Opus Die’s battle with the Priory of Scion over the possibility of Jesus’ marriage with Mary Magdalene is also used by the author. Although the author uses many historical events and characters but still this is a work of fiction with most Church authorities dismissing the book as being mere fiction with no truth in its depiction of the church. The book has also been successfully adapted into a movie.

The book is fast paced with a third person narration. Dan Brown is able to captivate and intrigue the reader with just enough clues to make him eagerly anticipate the next scene in the book. The characters are well developed and the story line tightly plotted. The sequence of events is fast and may sometimes feel confusing but still there is no loss in the interest which just keeps growing as the story progresses. The story is expertly conceived and executed which keeps the reader glued till the very end with many nail biting moments.



This was my second book by Dan Brown and although I loved it, I was a bit irritated with excessive descriptions of monuments and places. Having read a book by Dan Brown previous to this one, I did find the event construction and the flow of the story sometimes repetitive but still, this didn't adversely affect my interest in the book much. The story is refreshing and admirably woven together to give the readers a solid mystery which is sure to thrill and excite until the very last page of the book. A 4 out of 5 to it.

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