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Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.
As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.
Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever...
What if Jesus Christ had a tryst with Mary Magdalene, and the interlude produced a child? Such a possibility yielding a so-called royal bloodline provides the framework for Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons), 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, where proof of the Jesus bloodline supposedly can be found. 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.
Good film, even better read
Of course, Tom Hanks is pictured in my mind as the main character. That's where it all ends though. What a read. Every day life, errands, work, shopping were just getting in the way of this novel. I just wanted to not do anything but read this book. Having spent £4.99 for the pleasure,,I can say it was money well spent. I'd recommend this book. The story grips right from the start and never let's go. Go on... Give it a go!
It's good, but there's better out there...
Bought this for my iBooks collection as it's still a great yarn. However, on second read, whilst Dan Brown may have popularized this genre I do feel that others are now beating him hands down...
If you want all-out action in this vein then you'd be better off with Scott Mariani, if you're looking for a highly intelligent and innovative plot line that's brilliantly written, then check out Adrian Dawson's "Codex" and if you're looking for typical DB fare done a whole lot better then it has to be Simon Toyne. As such, three stars because I have to reserve the fours and fives for those who really are giving me great reads at the moment.