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Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon is in Paris when he is awakened in the middle of the night by the police to come to the Louvre. Someone killed museum chief curator Jacques Saunière in the most secure section, Grand Gallery near the Mona Lisa. The culprit left behind enigmatic messages including bringing Langdon into the investigation.

The police suspect Langdon killed the curator, but cannot prove it. Meanwhile he joins with French cryptologist Sophie Neveu in an effort to solve the puzzle of the message that both believe will lead to the identity of the killer. They begin to decode clues that when combined forms a map depicting the locale of the Holy Grail. However, several secret societies will use anything including murder to insure that the Grail remains hidden.

The sequel to the exciting tale ANGELS AND DEMONS, THE DA VINCI CODE is a fast-paced tale that will provide much pleasure to readers who enjoy religious thrillers. The police procedural takes a back seat to the engaging Langdon-Neveu deciphering of the codes as the two characters are a delightful lead pair. Though the story line occasionally detours into religious history sermons, fans will appreciate this fine action-packed novel.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
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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