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"Excellent Suspense Fiction"

Trouble just seems to find Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. First there was that incident at the Vatican (ANGELS AND DEMONS) and now this. On a business trip to Paris, Langdon is woken from a sound sleep to discover that he is being suspected of murder. The curator of the Louvre Museum, Jacques Saunière, had been found dead and not only had his date book indicated a scheduled meeting with Robert that evening, but incriminating evidence left by the deceased all seemed to point to him as well.

Cryptologist Sophie Neveu reads the crime scene evidence quite differently. She believes that the clues left by Saunière were meant for her and that his directive to find Robert Langdon is a recommendation for assistance. To these two the clues seem to point to only one thing - Jacques' lead role in the Priory of Scion and his prime directive to protect the secrets of the holy grail at any cost. It seems that the murderer had decapitated the ancient secret society by killing not only Saunière but his four sénéchaux as well, leaving Jacques no choice but to leave the information to someone outside of the society... someone he trusted... someone capable of decoding the clues that would reveal the secret - his estranged granddaughter, Sophie. In a daring move, Sophie helps Robert to escape from the Louvre, making them both fugitives.

The law is not the alone in the chase. Someone else is looking for the information, the real murderer, an Opus Dei monk whose allegiance to the Catholic Church affords no room for questions, and the intelligence behind the cunning plot, whose identity will definitely surprise the reader when it is finally revealed.

The identity of the mastermind is not the only surprise in store for the reader in this intriguing thriller, there are the clever solutions to the cryptic clues themselves, which ultimately lead to the biggest surprise of all. An excellent piece of suspense fiction.

Copyright © 2004

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 30, 2006

SUMMARY

A mind-bending code hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vince.

A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe.

An astonishing truth...concealed for centuries...unveiled at last.

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.

 

The Da Vinci Code
(sequel to Angels and Demons)
by Dan Brown

Doubleday
March 1, 2003
Available: October 30, 2006
ISBN #0385504209
EAN #9780385504201
454 pages
Hardcover
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