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The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition [Hardcover]

Dan Brown
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Nov. 2 2004
One of the bestselling novels of all time, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has intrigued and thrilled millions of readers around the world. Now all the artwork, symbols, architecture, and historic locations—over 160 images—are beautifully compiled in this full-color collector's edition.

A mind-bending code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. 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, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci–clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

The stakes are raised when Langdon uncovers a startling link: 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. Langdon suspects they are on the hunt for a breathtaking historical secret, one that has proven through the centuries to be as enlightening as it is dangerous. In a frantic race through Paris, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu find themselves matching wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to anticipate their every move. Unless they can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle, the Priory's secret—and an explosive ancient truth—will be lost forever.

Instantly catapulted to the top of the bestseller lists around the world, The Da Vinci Code is simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail. From secrets embedded in the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, to the symbols of ancient Egypt, to the architecture of landmarks such as the Louvre, Westminster Abbey, Rosslyn Chapel, and more, this fully illustrated collector's edition delivers the complete reading experience of Dan Brown's riveting novel—from the opening pages to the unpredictable and stunning conclusion.

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With The Da Vinci Code, 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.

A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his daughter, noted cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only Neveu's father's murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself.

Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides rich food for thought. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons)is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups-the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year-old secret society whose members have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Presents a different view on the Biblical story May 24 2006
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The great thing about this book - and this applies to all Dan Brown's books which I've read - is that it presents art, science, religion and symbolism in a very easy-to-read and enjoyable adventure. You don't need to believe that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene to read this book, because there is much more to it than just that! Enjoy it and you'll not regret it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not Catholic and I still didn't like it. Feb. 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
Contrary to one reviewer's assessment, you don't have to be Catholic to find this book less than entertaining, enlightening, or both.
What started out as a promising suspence thriller quickly degenerated into a strange theological lecture. If I had been in the market for strange theological lectures, this might have worked for me--though even then I might be tempted to say "so what". I'm not naive enough to say I don't know what the fuss is about, but though a devout believer in Christ, it doesn't affect me much--married, not married, childless, or not. I believe in his divinity and the arguments offered were not particularly bothersome or convincing.
But back to the fiction. The technique of leaving the reader hanging throughout the novel over and over again, strikes me as a cheap sort of trick for a writer who can't maintain suspense in an honest sort of way.
I must agree with those who critiqued the puzzles as sort of purile. Someone gave me this advice once which I would like to pass on to Dan Brown. Never try to write characters who are smarter than you are.
All in all, though, I have gained one bit of unexpected entertainment from this novel. I have enjoyed reading the reviews which are full of a passion and honesty entirely missing from the novel. So I add my voice to throng.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations make the puzzle come alive Aug. 22 2013
Format:Paperback
The presentation of DaVinci Code in this format makes a difference (illustrated version!). While I love the high concept and the absolute cleverness of the puzzles, when I originally read DaVinci Code in paperback, I was inclined to give a three stars. Why? The main character to me is too flat, even for a thriller, no real depth or convincing characteristics. Dialogue really bothered me. Where some novelists stop a novel to write mini-essays (Crichton comes to mind, but I enjoy those), long speeches from characters is less effective to me than narrative intrusion. But I still can't dismiss DaVinci code because it's just plain clever. I'm thinking more of the great puzzles than the outcome (the fictional outcome that seems to outrage everyone). I'm delighted (as a novelist) when a novelist breaks through in such a substantive way. Kudos to Dan Brown all the way. I'm a fan. But, frankly, I enjoyed his earlier novels far more (especially Deception Point and even Angels and Demons).

But this illustrated edition is magnificent. Clues I "missed" were readily apparent. Things I thought were just "narrative license" became feasible enough for suspended disbelief when the prose is juxtopositioned against these lush illustrations. The Last Supper rendering is better than reproductions in non fiction books in my library. It was really nice to see a novel in this format, even at this price tag.

And, again, I do think Dan Brown is high concept and successful for a reason. This just isn't my favorite of his novels. I read, recently, where he plans on sticking to this main character in all future novels. That's a shame, to me. His characters in Deception Point were far more engaging!

Overall, a good investment for your library. For a good read, yes, it's still a good read in spite of my quibbles on character and dialogue. Why? Because you can't beat those delightful puzzles and the high concept pitch. But I see DaVinci Code as fun, not controversial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars theres a reason it is #1 best seller hahaha. April 18 2013
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AWESOME BOOK!
I will probably be reading this over and over again. The theories and ideas in this story really blow your mind. The story is very hard to put down and it moves very fluintly without stopping. It is a very easy read for anyone and the story itself is very clever and it feels like your sitting down with the main character Robert Langdon as he is trying to figure out the puzzles. If you are into history at all you should definitely give it a go. Im not a big reader and im VERY picky with what I read but man oh man, Dan Brown has got me hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a lot of questions book March 27 2013
By Dia
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I loved reading this book!The story line is entertaining and gripping, i could not put the book down. But what is more amazing is how much material for personal research this book has provided. I had to see and read about all the controversial facts for myself, so it has been quite a journey over the last couple of years. My intellectual entertainment was very satisfying as a result; a very rewarding outcome i must say. If you have a curious mind and want to embark on the same journey as me, get this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vert good March 13 2013
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Nice to have the illustrations.
Having been to Paris and seen the museum - very helpful and handy reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Da Vinci Code Jan. 30 2013
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I am only about 1/3 of the way through it but it is gripping - I read until my eyes are simply too tired to read any more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and here is another March 27 2004
Format:Hardcover
After reading the "Da Vinci Code" my friend recommended another book, and I was equally amazed. You will find this book to be totally fascinating- "The Golden Milestone: Over 2500 Years of Italian Contributions to Civilization."
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3.0 out of 5 stars To Read the Da Vinci Code You Must...
...Suspend your disbelief.

Let me give an example:

***The following contains small spoilers for the first few chapters***

In the opening scene,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anthony L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining.
Dan Brown has all the traits one would expect in an action adventure writer. Quick dramatic pace, solid plot elements, an exagerated yet plausible story and minimialist character... Read more
Published on June 29 2011 by J Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever & Engaging Plot
I like this book for two reasons: anti-religous sentiment and an engaging plot. Read it.
Published on Dec 27 2009 by S. Ghavami
1.0 out of 5 stars historical ignorance pays off
By playing on the desire of many people today to discredit Christianity, Dan Brown has made a fortune by writing a sensational book based on a fairy tale. Read more
Published on April 26 2009 by For Historical Accuracy
3.0 out of 5 stars I do recommend the illustrated edition,
I would definitely recommend if you're going to read this book that you read the illustrated edition, as I found it was a great help in understanding the points of discussion in... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2007 by Melanie
3.0 out of 5 stars I do recommend the illustrated edition
I would definitely recommend if you're going to read this book that you read the illustrated edition, as I found it was a great help in understanding the points of discussion in... Read more
Published on July 20 2007 by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
For someone who rarely reads fiction, this was one of the best fiction books I ever read. I read the entire book in 3 days, which even for me is a record. Read more
Published on July 17 2007 by Aaron Donnelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Not going to win any awards but . . .
Still, I liked DA VINCI CODE. And, yes, I've read ANGELS & DEMONS too. Whether Dan Brown intends to educate or entertain lies in the minds of each reader. Read more
Published on March 19 2007 by Briggs Galloway
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