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The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

A Novel

Large Print - 2003
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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. While working to solve 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 -- 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.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.

THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller...utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2003
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780739326749
0739326740
9780375432309
0375432302
Characteristics: 739 p. (large print) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: DaVinci code
The Da Vinci code

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Banned because it is offensive to Christianity.

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Isaiah_C0
Mar 25, 2021

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown follows the story of Robert Langdon, a biblical historical analyst, and Sophie Neveu, a French cryptographer. The story begins with the death of a famous curator in charge of the Louvre asking to meet Robert Langdon. They find the Curator dead. Clues have been scrawled in blood on the floor of the museum in utter nonsense. The curator was found dead in an odd position on the museum floor. This major puzzle was designed by many masterminds to hide a big secret. This puzzle utilizes number sequences, history, mathematics, and references to tarot cards. This book is an amazing read! I absolutely loved it, it leaves the reader suspended in cliff hanger after a cliffhanger. I recommend this book to the age of 12 and up, it deals with adult topics and sensitive family issues.

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Ostrick19
Dec 08, 2020

This book was a fictional adventure book regarding the Holy Grail. Throughout the book, there is a lot of adventure which includes the main character named Robert Langdon getting chased by the police. I also loved how the book was told from several different points of view of characters that were in the story. Also, it was interesting that the rituals in the book were actually done in the past. The chase to figure out the clues and uncover the Holy Grail was very intense and suspenseful as it was confusing as to who would get to the Holy Grail first. I loved this book and it taught me that you can never know what to expect as Robert learned in this book. However, I would recommend this book to only people over the age of 13 as it contains several inappropriate references.

👨‍🎨 Leonardo's name was just Leonardo, he didn't have any last name. He was called Leonardo da Vinci because he was from the town of Vinci, like you might say Joe from New York to distinguish him from Joe from Boston. So referring to the "da Vinci code" doesn't make much sense.
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I've noticed there are people who think Christ was Jesus' last name, and his parents were, I guess, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Mary Christ. Like Leonardo, Jesus had only the one name. Christ was a title he was known by. He was, like Leonardo, also known by where he was from, as Jesus of Nazareth.

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

The narrative twists and turns are lifted from Angels and Demons, but still an entertaining read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 03, 2020

This is one of my all-time favourite books. I read The Da Vinci Code for the first time maybe 3 years ago, after a friend from school recommended it, and to this day it has been the best book recommendation I have ever gotten. Dan Brown does an amazing job of creating this historical but captivating thriller as he includes a lot of real facts to give it that authenticity many other authors lack. Adding in secret societies, secrets that have been lost for centuries, and never knowing who to trust makes for a suspenseful and fun read. This is the perfect book if you are new to thrilling/intense action books, as it is a very generally appealing book! Don’t let that stop you though if you are already an action fan, you will also love this book! 5/5 stars
@LucindatheGreen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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kmcdouall
Aug 15, 2019

Everybody had to read it, but I thought the writing was very poor and the story contrived, whatever you might think of the theology involved.

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DMcGraw_0
Mar 29, 2019

The Da Vinci Code is the second installment of the Robert Langdon series and I must say, I enjoyed this more than its predecessor 'Angels & Demons', (although that was also a great read!). If you love twists and turns in every chapter and you're open minded when it comes to the 'power struggle' between science and religion, this should be the next book you read.

Are you looking for prose when it comes to writing? Dan Brown isn't your man.

Are you looking for deep and meaningful character development? Dan Brown isn't your man.

Are you looking for a thoroughly well researched page-turning thriller that may change the way you think about everything you've been told about religion growing up? Dan Brown is definitely your man.

Now stop reading this and start reading The Da Vinci Code

*Places a Hold on 'The Lost Symbol'*

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rohan_kumar
Feb 27, 2019

Easily one of the greatest books of this generation. Brown is masterful at weaving together history and suspense in order to create a thrilling and intense book while still being able to tie everything together underneath the fabric of the historical premise. The plot is meticulously crafted, creative, and is sure to keep you enchanted. Overall, The Da Vinci Code is an amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone.

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WoodneathLaura
Aug 25, 2018

Thrilling and complex.

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lReaderl
Jul 12, 2018

Refreshing mystery suspense novel that has numerous plot twists along the way. The main characters have French police & killers on their trail, and they must figure out the meaning of a secret code (of complexity & criticism) before they are caught.
Recommend.

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masterorlandoscalzo Jun 28, 2016

Sexual Content: This book contains sexual references

masterorlandoscalzo Jun 28, 2016

Violence: If you prefer a less voilent book, read 'The Phoenix Files'

masterorlandoscalzo Jun 28, 2016

Coarse Language: It has words such as 's**t' and 'd**k'

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NobleSix
Mar 06, 2012

Other: This book is full of so much error it will confuse you from actual history and fact. I suggest you don't pick it in the first place or you will regret it.

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SPELL
Sep 04, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Sep 20, 2009

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JinBin
Aug 21, 2012

"The keystone is well hidden"
"Extremely well hidden, I hope!"
"Actually," Langdon said, unable to hide his grin, "that depends on how often you dust under your couch."

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Jul 09, 2008

When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe.

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