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Book review: The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Since I liked Brown's Angels Demons and this book has been so hyped, I was underwhelmed. After Angels & Demons, this story seemed formulaic. Once again, Robert Langdon is involved in a clash between the Catholic Church and an ancient, secret society. A new woman joins his side in this adventure, as he again races against time and an ever-changing list of rivals to unravel the clues to the mystery du jour.

Despite the letdown after Angels & Demons, this book was relatively entertaining. I like intelligent fiction, so I enjoyed the way Brown wove history, art, architecture, etymology, symbology, and conspiracy theories into the puzzles. However, the ways in which the characters seem to always solve the riddles in the nick of time got repetitive and unrealistic. There are plenty of cliffhangers, twists, and unlikely friendships and betrayals to keep things interesting, but the ending is pretty weak.

I've been to France and the UK, so I liked reading the scenes that took place at The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Westminster Abbey.

Because I'm a Bible-believing Christian, this book required some serious willing suspension of disbelief. The story claims that the Catholic Church has covered up the truth about Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene for 2,000 years. Like most Christians, I have a different word for this "truth": blasphemy.

The main character, Langdon, at one point claims that:

"Every faith in the world is based on fabrication...Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors."

My advice: read it (if you must) as entertainment, not as a work of historical or religious accuracy.

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