Featuring an excerpt from Dan Brown's forthcoming new novel, Inferno, on sale May 14, 2013
#1 Worldwide Bestseller--More Than 81 Million Copies Sold
As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece--from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.
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Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons) is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief 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 members 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. (Mar. 18) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Better than its rated by goodreads
Posted February 16, 2011 by Josh , Colorado SpringsIt's strange that so many readers from goodreads really hated this book. Even though there are inaccuracies, this story is solid and thouroughly entertaining(It's a work of fiction people). It's understandable that this book would ruffle some feathers as it's plot involves conspiracies and the catholic church. Put those words together and your bound to anger somebody.
2 . A very entertaining work of fiction...
Posted January 06, 2011 by Gregory McCoy , Bel Air, MDThis was a very entertaining work of fiction. Dan Brown is a reasonably good author that created a plot that grabbed the imagination of many and, as a result, has made Mr. Brown financially independent. For those of us with a university degree and having been required to read piles upon piles of non-fiction, a work such as this does not have to be a literary work of art but it must be entertaining. In this regard it has succeeded very well.
Regarding the literary flaws of this book, no comment. I'm a doer, not a talker.
3 . don't want to set it down
Posted April 24, 2009 by Ronald , AnytownA really good one too pick up and read. Full of everyday thriller and the drama, all the way page one to the end you don't want to miss this story.
4 . The DaVinci Code - Another Masterpiece
Posted March 31, 2009 by Fifille , CupertinoI have to say I have never read a bad book from Dan Brown. All his books are suspenseful and hard to put down. Da Vinci Code is no exception, this book., like the others is wonderful!
March 27, 2006
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Excerpt from The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Renowned curator Jacques Sauniýre staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Caravaggio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy-six-year-old man heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and Sauniýre collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas.
As he had anticipated, a thundering iron gate fell nearby, barricading the entrance to the suite. The parquet floor shook. Far off, an alarm began to ring.
The curator lay a moment, gasping for breath, taking stock. I am still alive. He crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space for someplace to hide.
A voice spoke, chillingly close. "Do not move."
On his hands and knees, the curator froze, turning his head slowly.
Only fifteen feet away, outside the sealed gate, the mountainous silhouette of his attacker stared through the iron bars. He was broad and tall, with ghost-pale skin and thinning white hair. His irises were pink with dark red pupils. The albino drew a pistol from his coat and aimed the barrel through the bars, directly at the curator. "You should not have run." His accent was not easy to place. "Now tell me where it is."
"I told you already," the curator stammered, kneeling defenseless on the floor of the gallery. "I have no idea what you are talking about!"
"You are lying." The man stared at him, perfectly immobile except for the glint in his ghostly eyes. "You and your brethren possess something that is not yours."
The curator felt a surge of adrenaline. How could he possibly know this?
"Tonight the rightful guardians will be restored. Tell me where it is hidden, and you will live." The man leveled his gun at the curator's head. "Is it a secret you will die for?"
Sauniýre could not breathe.
The man tilted his head, peering down the barrel of his gun.
Sauniýre held up his hands in defense. "Wait," he said slowly. "I will tell you what you need to know." The curator spoke his next words carefully. The lie he told was one he had rehearsed many times... each time praying he would never have to use it.
When the curator had finished speaking, his assailant smiled smugly. "Yes. This is exactly what the others told me."