The Da Vinci Code

Title: The Da Vinci Code
Author: Dan Brown

Pages: 589

A quest almost as old as time itself
An object thought lost forever
A deadly race to possess it
The Louvre, Paris: the elderly curator of the museum had been violently murdered in the Grand Gallery. Harvard professor Robert Langdon is summoned to decipher the baffling codes which the police find alongside the body. As he and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - and suggests the answer to an age-old mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.
Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the Labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever...

My thoughts
My first initial reaction as I read it went something like this "Ugh, another predictable crime plot... zzzz". Even though the first 3 or 400 pages were supposed to be full of suspense as Robert and Sophie uncovered thrilling secrets and riddles, I just didn't like it. This was probably because I have seen the movie and already knew about The Last Supper Painting .... However, I was totally stunned when Leigh- um, I won't tell what happens, but that twist totally shocked me. And just when I was recovering from said twist, another incredibly surprising twist unfolds!

The Cover
I like that the red makes it very eye-catching and stands out on my book shelf, but it is very overpowering. The variety of font creates this messy effect that just makes me shake my head and tut. The picture of the Louvre and crptex is very useful for visualising in my mind but that's as far as the positives go for the cover.

Would I recommend it?
hmm... yes. The story is very cleverly crafted. Everything just fits together nicely. I like the resolution ending, but I doubt I'd read another book by Dan Brown. His writing skill just doesn't appeal to me.

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