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Blockbuster perfection. An exhilaratingly brainy thriller.
Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
A new master of smart thrills.
A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.
This is pure genius.
Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest,
and most accomplished writers in the country.
Thriller writing doesn't get any better than this.
This masterpiece should be mandatory reading.
Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense. Highly recommended.
Both fascinating and fun...a considerable achievement.
A heart-racing thriller.
This story has so many twists -- all satisfying, most unexpected -- that it would be a sin to reveal too much of the plot in advance. Let's just say that if this novel doesn't get your pulse racing, you need to check your meds.
--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A thundering, tantalizing, extremely smart fun ride.
Brown doesn't slow down his tremendously powerful narrative engine despite transmitting several doctorates' worth of fascinating history and learned speculation, "The Da Vinci Code" is brain candy of the highest quality -- which is a reviewer's code meaning, ''Put this on top of your pile.''
-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
One hell of a read.
A gripping mix of murder and myth.
--NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
An international chase...a quest...codes within codes. Brown's novel is a pager-turner... and you'll never view "The Last Supper" the same way again. Favorable review.
--THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Dan Brown's conspiracy-theory thriller is the pulp must-read of the season...an ingenious mixture of paranoid thriller, art history lesson, chase story, religious symbology lecture and anti-clerical screed, and it's the most fun you can have between the sort of covers that aren't 300-count Egyptian cotton.
One of the finest mysteries I've ever read.
An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles.
--New York Times bestselling author, CLIVE CUSSLER
Far more than the average thriller.
Intellectually satisfying...page-turning suspense.
I would never have believed that this is my kind of thriller, but I'm going to tell you something--the more I read, the more I had to read. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it.
Mr. Brown, I am your fan.
--New York Times bestselling author, ROBERT CRAIS
The Da Vinci Code sets the hook-of-all-hooks.
This novel takes off down a road that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. You simply cannot put it down. Thriller readers everywhere will soon realize Dan Brown is a master.
--New York Times bestselling author, VINCE FLYNN
Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please
conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts alike.
A dazzling performance by Brown...a delightful display of erudition.
Brown delivers a crackling, intricate mystery, complete with breathtaking escapes and several stunning surprises. It's challenging, exciting, and a whole lot more. The race across France and the United Kingdom leads us on a fascinating journey through a covert, enigmatic world revealed through a seemingly endless collection of codes, puzzles, anagrams, cryptograms, and messages hidden not only in Da Vinci's art but in things we think we know well.
Dan Brown is my new must-read. I loved this book.
The Da Vinci Code is fascinating and absorbing--perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers, or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting read.
--New York Times bestselling author, HARLAN COBEN
A stunning new thriller that will provoke much debate.
Dan Brown's extensive research on secret societies and symbology adds intellectual depth to this page-turning thriller. His surprising revelations on Da Vinci's penchant for hiding codes in his paintings will lead the reader to search out renowned artistic icons as The Mona Lisa, The Madonna of the Rocks and The Last Supper. The Last Supper holds the most astonishing coded secrets of all and, after reading The Da Vinci Code, you will never see this famous painting in quite the same way again.
Some readers spurn genre fiction, often due to a misguided belief that mass entertainment is always mindless dribble. For those of you who know better, The Da Vinci Code will make you feel justifiably smug. It's that rare book that manages to both entertain and educate simultaneously. Dan Brown has managed to outdo the best of Robert Ludlum in this byzantine....and engrossing story. There is enough medieval history to please any historian and enough action to satisfy a hardcore thrill-seeker. Combined, it makes The Da Vinci Code an early favorite for thriller of the year.
--ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
Secret fanatical religious sects...codes hidden in Da Vinci's works...intelligent writing...one whopping fabulous read.
--NEW HAVEN REGISTER
Brainy stuff. The standard car chases and intrigues are leavened with Crichtonesque discursions on medieval iconography, the formation of the early Christian church, and history's suppression of the "sacred feminine."
Dan Brown masterfully concocts an intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail... rich food for thought.
Taut and engaging.
From the explosive start to the explosive finish,
The Da Vinci Code is one satisfying thriller.
The Da Vinci Code shines--brilliantly--in its exploration of cryptology, particularly the encoding methods developed by Leonardo Da Vinci, whose art and manuscripts are packed with mystifying symbolism and quirky codes.
Brown's intricate plot delivers more satisfying twists than a licorice factory.
A blockbuster with brains.
The Da Vinci Code is a thrill-a-minute adventure as well as an educational tour of France and England, symbology 101, riddle-breaking for dummies, the magical powers of anagrams, numerical codes to die for and navigational factoids.
--THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
Brown's scholarship never slows down the sizzling action [of this] absorbing new novel...a labyrinth of intricate schemes, sidetracks, and deceptions.
Moves at the speed of sound from the first page and never stalls. The Da Vinci Code is full of mystery, betrayal, suspense and intelligence.
A multi-layered, highly sophisticated tale.
Readers with advanced degrees in comparative religion, European history, symbology, art and cryptology, will have a grand old time with Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. The rest of us stumble through, grasping at this clue and that, gasping in surprise at one or another shadow around the next corner, and likewise have a grand old time. The novel is maddening, scary, complicated and almost impossible to put down once you're hooked.
A mystery that challenges our intelligence, and enough believable twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown does all this just right. This is how a mystery thriller should be written. So grab this book, sit back, and prepare to be entertained and educated. It's well-written, it's intelligent, and best of all, it's fun.
-- REVIEWS OF BOOKS.COM
Calling Dan Brown's latest novel, The Da Vinci Code, simply a "smart suspense novel" is like referring to Harvard as simply a pretty good university. Incorporating massive amounts of historical and academic information is no easy task, but Brown does it in such a seamless fashion that it is almost invisible within the story's natural narrative. Definitely the mark of a master craftsmanÉ
--THE MYSTERY READER
Fast-paced, intricately plotted.
A skillfully written read, complete with secret codes, anagrams, elaborate technology, pagan sex orgies, sudden reversals of fortune, age-old conspiracies, pre-Christian fertility cults, the Knights Templar, Gnostic Gospels, corrupt cops, brutal murders, feminist ÒtheoryÓ, and frantic midnight rides through Paris.
--NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER
You'll love this.
The Da Vinci Code has enough twists and turns in a short amount of time to give you over to gasping "More, Dan, more!" It is thrilling that anyone could contrive such an adventure.
--THE SEATTLE TIMES
This season's most spectacular read...
blends a high-speed thriller with a spellbinding re-examination of 2,000 years of religious history. Hard to put down, and impossible to forget. The chief delights of "The Da Vinci Code" are the endless twists and turns the story takes, from the streets of Paris to the dark, airless cathedrals of England. In the end, Langdon is left alone to solve the final mystery. Look closely at the epilogue, in which Langdon returns to where everything began, and determine if the most viable truth is the one gained from personal discovery.
--THE ATLANTA JOURNAL
This books sparkles with energy and adventure. It grabs hold of your imagination and answers all riddles in the end. You will never look at a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci the same way again.
--NASHVILLE CITY PAPER
A real page-turner....
Readers are scrutinizing Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa" for secret codes just as Beatles fans once hunted for "Paul is Dead" clues on album covers.
Word of mouth has pushed this top-notch thriller onto best-seller lists throughout the country, and the word is right. The intelligent, deftly plotted story is the best that the thriller genre can offer. "The Da Vinci Code" is chockablock with fascinating historical detail (the true meaning of the pentagram, for example) that doesn't slow the action but draws the reader into the story. The "code" and all the clues are a true joy, giving this thriller the extra stuff that raises it above being just another spy and chase story.
--KATHI KIRBY, POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS
(courtesy of The Portland Tribune)