I read the Da Vinci Code after someone insisted that I read it, and eventually bugged me for long enough that I finally did. At the point where it first introduced the concept of Jesus and Mary Magdalene being married and having a child, I scoffed. I had read the Gnostic gospels prior to the Code, and knew how laughably false they were. Documents such as a child Jesus misbehaving and using his supernatural powers on other children I found humorous, and an account where it tells how about God raped Eve in the garden of Eden I found strange. Jesus, to the Gnostic gospels, was a light power above the god of the Old Testament, who, according to these writings, never suffered the death on the cross. While Brown's novel prodes the reader toward the Gnostic gospels, he leaves out most of the absurdities such as the ones previously mentioned, doesn't state that they were probably made up because the author chose very important people like Mary Magdalene and apostles to attribute their authorship to, unlike the "nobodies" like Mark who wrote the New Testament gospels. It would've been okay if Brown stated "the contents are purely fictional and a 'What if' scenario" but he presents it as the truth, and the Da Vinci Hoax intelligently judges his research and counters it. I recommend this book to anyone who reacts "Oh my God, Jesus had a child, yeah, go females, we are the true gods, worship the goddess!" Sadly, that is how most react to the Da Vinci Code. Also, the Da Vinci Code takes the attitude, "If it has to do with religion, it's okay" while portraying the ritual sex as harmless. I bet Brown would condone using dangerous drugs to experience a spiritual effect as well. Please, if you know anyone who is convinced the Da Vinci Code is as completely true, buy them this book.