Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code

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Yes, I am that type of a person who’d not ‘jump’ into a trend with the rest of the world. So, by the time people were raving about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, Dojo was ignoring it. Have heard about all the scandals and liked the fact someone would make the Church this angry. While I’m not non-religious, I do like it when they’re reminded they represent God and that doesn’t make them gods at the same time.

So .. to cut a long story short … weeks ago I started reading books on my new Nook Color device. I should start an affiliate program with them, since I’ve recommended it to all my friends already. But we’re talking about books, right?

One of the first books I wanted to read was exactly this, The Da Vinci Code. Have seen the movie some years ago, but I remembers almost nothing about it, except for the end, which I won’t divulge here, since some of you might hate spoilers.

Since the movie was a pretty hazy memory, reading the book was the only way to see what’s all the fuss about. Before any other details: I LOVED IT. It’s not a ‘serious’ book, it’s not philosophical or anything like this. It’s not Kafka, but it’s entertaining and filled with fast and interesting action.

This is where we meet Robert Langdon. He is a Symbologist who teaches at Harvard and will be present in other books too. He’s rudely awaken from sleep because the Louvre curator, Jacques Saunière, had been shot and, before dying, wrote down Robert’s name. This was directed at his niece, Sophie Neveu, who’d get Langdon there to solve the mystery. As you can imagine the French Police has another view and calls the professor, trying to detain him until all proof is gathered. Langdon was supposed to meet Jacques hours before, so he already seems like a pretty good suspect.

While the story seems simple, we’ll soon find out the murder has deeper meanings. Jacques wasn’t only a curator, he was also involved in a secret society, called the Priory of Sion, the guarders of the biggest secret in human history: the Holy Grail. Sophie is a cryptographer, being trained by her late grandfather since childhood, and realizes there’s more to this story and that Robert is the one to help her solve all the mystery.

As you can imagine, Robert Langdon is not someone who’d stay away from such a thrilling experience, not to mention his placement as a primary suspect doesn’t leave him too much to do but follow Sophie and run from the French police.

All this time, the ‘enemy’ is on their trails, trying to unveil the secrets. They are the Opus Dei, a Catholic organization, with very strict rules, who are in danger of not being recognized by the Vatican anymore. By finding the Holy Grail, they hope to have the upper hand. Nothing stands in their way, they’ve killed and will kill again.

Langdon, as you can imagine, doesn’t look too ‘cool’. He’s running from the French police, he’s trying to follow symbols and logic to decrypt Jacques’ mysteries, while also trying to stay alive from Opus Dei.

The action is fast paced and filled with comments and revelations, as the two fugitives get a better outlook on the entire situation. And still nothing prepares us for the groundbreaking conclusions and the end, which will remain your pleasure to discover.

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