THE DA VINCI CODE

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*****
excellent book
guys u read this book in u r life for just one time n for more like this type of visit www.vidfootie.com/ - vidfootie , posted 09/07/11
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I'm not buying into the hype
First of all I did not read the book. The movie lost my interest in about 20 minutes. I can't think of any compelling reason to read it. - Bobzilla , posted 04/29/07
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A good start!
I like the story but I find it is more of an interesting way to get into the whole Grail mysteries than a groundbreaking masterpiece in itself. It would be a shame to not read "The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail" and "The Dead Sea Scroll Deception" by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh since they offer much of the background info for this story. It is nice to see this topic in the mainstream since I first read about it over twenty years ago! Let's keep talking about it! - Unsubscribed , posted 04/29/07
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The Da Vinci Code
Enjoyed the story but didn't quite enjoy the ending. I'm glad I read the book however before I saw the movie because it was that fast that I don't think I would have understood all those car chases. - Angela Dannette , posted 04/29/07
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False Finishes
I loved the book. The false finishes were great. The book was a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end. Too bad it didn't make for that great a movie. - Todd , posted 02/10/07
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intriguing
must admit dan brown has a "way with words" to get the world's attention! ummm let me think ...that takes talent! loved the book...the movie was, well, not as engaging for me. - mazee , posted 06/24/06
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Are you kidding me?
Dan Brown is a moron. He's not very good at writing and while he had a GREAT concept, he had horrible, poorly constructed charecters. The "suspense" was created by the usage of an elipsis on every page and moronic puzzles that are very, very unclever. Backwards writing. wow. I'm stunned. - Robert , posted 06/11/06
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Leonardo is rolling in his grave!
Dan Brown just suckered 40 million hardcover copies of his mediocre book worldwide! A marketing genius! And the movie, c'mon! I mean Tom Hanks, laughable! Is it a cartoon? Then "Opie", Ron Howard, as the director! What is this "Cacoon 7" ?

The only reason I would see this movie would be for the painting masterpieces! But then again, they will be cheapened and in being prostitued they will lose their status in the art world. Just for a few "scammers" to make a bucks! So sad! - PaulieWalnuts , posted 05/17/06
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It'll be a better movie than it was a book
An easy, fun read, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie. But I'm puzzled as to why it's become such a best seller. Poorly written, poorly plotted and all the ideas in it about Mary Magdalene and the Templars and Jesus have been around for ages. What's the appeal, here? Maybe all this emphasis on family values making people long for Jesus to have had an earthly family, himself? Very puzzling. - , posted 05/07/06
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The Next Book You Read Is:
Unputdownable, Compelling, Thought provoking, A Mystery Worm Hole. - Moonglow Gal , posted 04/23/06
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I loved the book.
I didn't find it terribly deep or unpredictable, but I found it really fun to read. I want to see the flick, too. - Unsubscribed , posted 04/21/06
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steaming pile of shit
It's one thing to write a slap dash crappy mystery with two dimensional characters, a mind numbingly predictable plot, and attrocious dialogue. It's another thing to preface it with a shit load of intellectual dishonesty.

I'm dissapointed that so many in this country found it to be a revelation. 'Wait, you mean the Catholic Church is Mysogynistic?! You mean to tell me the Bible was written and edited by mortal men?! You mean to tell me Christianity borrows from previous traditions?!' Shocking. - stuart , posted 04/21/06
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decent read
enjoyable story - interesting plot. The perfect read if you have a liberal arts education and want to pat yourself on the back for how cultured you are when you get the references the author makes in the story. I'm a little disturbed that people think this is a deep or thought provoking book. - My Body is a Temple , posted 04/20/06
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come on people!
The writing is pure schlock! The plot is ridiculous and the characters poorly drawn. It'll make a great movie.

The only positive of this book is that it introduced a few ideas to a mainstream audience. But read Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum" for the conspiracy, and a host of well-researched books for the historical/religious analysis ( " The Cathedral of the Black Madonna", "The Jesus Mystery", "The God of Ecstasy", "The Complete Gospels", ...).
- Christopher , posted 02/09/06
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Loved it
One of my favorites, can't wait for the next...... - Unsubscribed , posted 02/02/06
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fast food thriller fiction mixed with subversive history lesson
the meat of the da vinci code is based on two books. first holy blood, holy grail and second, the templar revelation. holy blood, holy grail came first in 1982 and was groundbreaking. the book is even referenced in da vinci code and a character in the book is an amalgam of the authors. the second book expanded on holy blood, holy grail and is a more current addition to the templar grail literature.

ok, so then, da vinci code... it's sort of like the celestine prophecy of grail literature. it takes some very insightful material, boils it down to a fifth grade reading level and uses the page turner thriller as a delivery system. to his credit, brown is a much better writer than redfield, the author of the celestine prophecy, so he's able to create a better action story to move his central agenda forward.

i personally accept the bulk of the holy blood, holy grail "hypothesis" as a legitimate explanation for why the templars were burned at the stake and why the gnostic gospels are so "heretical." i believe that the catholic church has a strong interest invested in keeping subversive history marginalized and while i don't think that 100% of the story has surfaced yet, i think that the historians who are working with the grail lineage are onto far more than most fundamentalists would like to believe.

the book is averaging three and a half stars on tribe. that's about where i'd put my rating. but since i can only vote in full stars, i'll round up and give the book four stars. it deserves the extra half-star just for being one of those subversive media viruses that gets into the mainstream consciousness. - Shady , posted 01/19/06
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Making money off of contravercy
He writes a fictious story, makes up a bunch of fictious events and states a bunch of lies and tells it as if its truth. Trying to make money by attacking the credibilty of Christianity. - Firth , posted 01/18/06
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most overrated book
female godhead, demonizing the Catholic Church, Da Vinci's Last Supper....it goes on and on.. and people think it's true...LOL - Unsubscribed , posted 01/05/06
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Please remember this is fiction.
To his credit, Dan Brown blends fiction with a drop of fact and plenty of conjecture to create what many are beginning to accept as historical truth... this book is fiction... please remind yourself of that if you buy it... and again while you are reading. - Tim , posted 01/01/06
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Average book
Seriously all his books have the same story, same characters. This one is nothing special... - Unsubscribed , posted 11/14/05
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Surprising Effect
This book was very enlightening, especially for a Christian. I'd never heard most of the theories put forth, and it's compelled me to do a little research of my own. - Meghann , posted 11/10/05
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Excellent read!
I thought this book was an excellent and informative read. I just found myself kind of wishing the climax happened at the end instead of right in the middle of it, but then again that kind of makes this particular book also unique! - Unsubscribed , posted 10/28/05
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It's a good book after all
Especially because of its anti-Christian views. It's good to share some light nowadays. - Unsubscribed , posted 10/28/05
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obvious great book. how many weeks best seller?
i still can't decide if this should be on the "non-fiction" list, or some mid way category. the fact that the catholic (and other christian) churches got so bent and "condemned" this work speaks for itself. any small hint that there might...just might be a few true facts here really collapses their house of cards...or rather billion dollar empire. - ryan5 , posted 10/07/05
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Good mystery, shocking source of info
It took me 2 weeks to read the first half of the book, then once I got to the 2nd half I couldn't put the book down and finished that half in one night.

It's a very good mystery book and kept me at the edge during the 2nd half. However, as somone who was raised as a Christian/Catholic since birth.....the details of the story were very disappointing to me.
I felt as if everything that I have been taught was all a lie.

Anyway, I've been exploring other religions ever since. - Frida , posted 10/05/05
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DaVinciCode is now.
I am pretty sure I can tell you where the idea came from to do this book. <p>I live outside USA, and so please have a good laugh on me; idea was a post card to Studio One, JL's old address, to someone named Y.O. <P>New pub here called Murphey Brown's. Rudy's gonna buy yezz all a drink. - grandpa , posted 10/05/05
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Return of the Divine Femenin
This was a fun easy book to read. I thought it was very interesting that the majority of the world was Pagan(earth worshipers) and the Christian religion came along and tried to push the goddess off the map. Im glad the sacred femenin is still intact. - joseph , posted 09/27/05
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Exciting car ride
I listened to the tape on trips to Zion National Park and Flaming Gorge, it kept me awake at least! I definitely enjoyed the book. :-D - Edward , posted 09/25/05
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A good suspense read
The book moved at a good pace and was one that I hated to put down. It kept me interested and racing to the end. I wasn't lost at all despite not having read Angels & Demons either. I was surprised at how much I learned while reading it too-all sorts of random tidbits of information. - Unsubscribed , posted 09/22/05
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question your faith
all i have to say is. read the da vinci code and you might just question your faith - feel the beat , posted 09/15/05
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Thriller didn't deliver
The writer put a lot of effort into this book but the plot, so promising at first fell apart and began to go in circles and was just too incredible after they stole the armored truck. Follett and Grisham are both vastly superior thriller authors. The material was fresh and the idea great but the delivery weak - David , posted 08/26/05
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Eh..
Well, it had a really slow start and I had to deduct points because of the pretentious references to Paris and "Great Art Appreciation". In the middle, it sped up a bit with the historical bits (are these or could they be the actual facts?). But, the story didn't build up enough steam to propel me to the end of the book, so I put it to the side. - Smasharolla , posted 08/23/05
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Warum nicht ??
Wenn schon jemand ein Buch kauf das "Der Da Vinci Code" heisst und vom einem Popular Autor ist, erwartet er Unterhaltung oder Wissens Vermittlung ? Ich habe Unterhaltung erwartet und sie auch bekommen. Tolles Buch, wir haben gleich die ganze Serie von Dan Brown gekauft.

OK I try to translate:

If someone is buying a book with the title "The Da Vinci Code" from a popular author, is he/she awaiting entertainment of Knowledge Transfer ?
I have expected Entertainment and that is what I got. Super to read, excellent story and we have bought the whole series of Dan Brown. - Joerg , posted 08/22/05
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makes you think
wow, what a read!!! - Unsubscribed , posted 08/08/05
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da crap book
I agree with Princess - fire , posted 08/06/05
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Da Vinci Code
one of the worst books that I have ever read. The story line was interesting. The writing was about 5th grade level. - Unsubscribed , posted 08/06/05
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liked the story not sure of the facts
even though it said the facts were true i always kept it in my head that it was just a story-having said that i really enjoyed the story itself and thank you to the guy who recommended those two other books of a similar interest,now i am curious about the views of other people that think they know the truth!!!
i sure like the idea of the sacred feminine being thrust underground by the catholics but finding her way into everything we see now... - alicia , posted 08/06/05
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da vinci code
just a test message - venkatesh , posted 08/02/05
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a great read
dan brown brought to the main stream what it needed "a kick in the ass"
...rattle the cage baby
i see is book as a public service and a great one at that P - Unsubscribed , posted 07/27/05
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It's A Good Read, But Not Great
I thought the book was good. It certainly had me thinking at times. But, it is a bit slow at times and it certainly isn't as good as it's sales might indicate. Personally, I enjoyed Angels & Demons, also by Dan Brown, a lot more. That's the movie I'd like to see. - Richard , posted 07/16/05
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Museum theme-- but oh the disappointment
One of my museum studies profs recommended this book and I was looking forward to reading it because there aren't that many museum-themed novels out there. But I was sorely disappointed in this book. First, well, I'm happy the albino leagues protested because of the albino villain, hehehe. Second point, well, the characters just didn't seem to be that well thought out. The writing seemed to be pretty freshman creative writing. And lastly, I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail (and didn't buy it, btw) years ago and this just seemed like a Cliff Notes version - michelle or emme , posted 07/16/05
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DaVinci just turned over in his grave
There are at least 5 million books more worthy of your precious time. The movie is going to need serious star power to generate more hype! - Johnny , posted 07/13/05
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junk food for the mind
entertaining like an action flick, but that's all. - joycesu , posted 07/12/05
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Loved It
I don't read many hoo-done-its but I really liked this one. The trouble with hoo-done-its is you can't read them again because you already know hoo-done-it! - Aaron , posted 06/22/05
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A Tale Tritely Told
Hey, fans of the book, try and break this code: esnesnon siht revo gnirevals pots – noorom a si nworB naD. "Da Vinci" is Da Plorable. - Leon , posted 05/31/05
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Mindless but fun potboiler
I'm sick to death about hearing about this book, but I thought I would weigh in. For those of you who enjoy pulp thrillers, DVC is quick and exciting read. For those of you who study religious history, it's a frustrating, garbled mess. Brown's reach far, far exceeds his grasp when it comes to alternative Biblical history, and he gets several facts just plain wrong. If your fancy is tickled by the ideas about Jesus that this book brings up, I strongly recommend the Templar Revelation by Clive Picknett and Lynne Prince. The Baigent and Leigh material is a bit iffy, and Gnosis magazine (among others) conclusively proved the Priory of Sion to be a hoax several years back. Another valuable alternative history of
Christ can be found in Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas' book the Second Messiah. But those of you just interested in a good beach book- Da Vinci Code is for you. - Unsubscribed , posted 05/27/05
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Outstanding
I loved this book. Books about religion do not interest me much. But after seeing a special about this book, I had to see what all the hype was about. Man, was I impressed. I could not put this book down. Hope they don't jack up the movie. - George , posted 05/16/05
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Quick start, ended in a fizz
Entertaining, easy read. Started out good but ended a bit trite. - Matt , posted 05/15/05
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bad writing sells a lot
OMG! this book was terrible. i loved the ideas that were brought forward but i seemed to me that the "story" of the murder, etc. was simply a vehicle to get some different philosophy about the catholic church into the mainstream. the prose was terrible, the story fairly predicatable and the characters really flat and one dimensional. it's a good fast read if you're looking for something to read on the beach that you don't care about, but other than that, i don't think it merits the hype it's gotten.
P o E - Unsubscribed , posted 05/05/05
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Snot BAD
Interested in the truth, and everything revolving around the truth, so help me fiction. - krisgo , posted 05/03/05
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Intro to the Old Ways
I think what pisses people off about this book is the fact that he takes a real theory and fictionalizes credible evidence for it. I would say that's the sign of a good writer. I'm also impressed that he has re-introduced the sacred female through mass media. Well done, Dan Brown! - Unsubscribed , posted 05/03/05
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Worst Characters Ever
I thought the book was really interesting in a purely scientific and theological way, but I've never been less impressed with the characters. A novel shouldn't rely on interesting or moderately scandal-invoking facts alone. Every good novel needs more than suspence. - Thelaz , posted 04/27/05
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A Definate Page Turner
I liked the historical refrences in the fictional mystery premise. I thought there were some loopholes, but it was interesting enough to over look them. I can see it causing controversial arguments among people and that is exactly what the author had in mind. I'm looking forward to the movie. - Layla , posted 04/04/05
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An amazing revelation
Sometimes it's hard for us to open our minds and allow new information to permeate us if that new information corrupts the old standards we've been operating under. This book led me on a adventure to find more information supporting his theory... and there is lot's 'Holly Blood, Holly Grail' is amazing and then of course there's 'Blood of the Holly Grail'. The Catholic church has shed so much blood since the dawn of it's existence, and it's nice to see a fictional writer inspire some question asking in such a powerful and intrigue way. I couldn't put this book down and loved every entertaining second of it... and not that it matters but i'm french. It's a great read and important message for those of us open enough to recieve it. - Dream , posted 03/27/05
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Good premise ....
But too many in's and out's for the ending to end like it did..
Aren't they making a movie soon ? - "Joe" , posted 03/21/05
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Good- if you like authors who plagiarize
If you like this book, why not read the book that came first (and in many cases lefted word for word from): Holy Blood Holy Grail.
- Randy , posted 03/20/05
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HELLO!
Hey, I'm part french here.. I wasn't offended it was fiction!!! I read the book in three days... It was so interesting I kept turning page after page after page... He states the facts.. and assumes you know the rest is fiction, its a fun exciting book, you hippies and contravercy lovers, GET OVER IT! - Aeiyel , posted 03/15/05
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so bad
For french people (like me) we tuaght this book was a joke! Nothing is correct! The situation is wrong, the name was wrong and the time/date too. - Space , posted 03/06/05
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in the rear
da vinci code was good. it keep me wanting to pick it up and see what was going to happen next. I was sure that the grandfather was taking in the rear. and that was why the granddaughter was sooo freaked. - robbie , posted 03/03/05
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Good Book
Enjoyed it immensely. Can't wait to see the movie with Tom Hanks in the role of Langdon. - William , posted 03/02/05
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Ick
This was the worst book I've read in years. The DaVinci Code was just really poorly written. Very transparent and facile. - Tigerlily , posted 02/17/05
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Loved it!
Any book that is read by SO many that brings in the idea of feminine devine is more than "ok" with me. It may not be 100% historically accurate, but it has made people that typically don't associate Christianity with anything female at least explore the posibility, or probability, that at one time that WAS how things were. I say "well done" to Dan Brown for having the (ahem) to shake up the status quo. - Terri , posted 01/31/05
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Intriguing....
This book broght me back! I was out and Dan Brown pulled me back in.....AMAZING - Marco , posted 01/27/05
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Should be a negative seven
I cannot for the life of me figure out why so many people like this book. The author does nothing but play games with the reader. I haven't been this frustrated by a book in years. I only finished it to see if it would at least end well. Alas, it ended even worse than it began. - Dave , posted 01/25/05
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The Da Vinci Code
Nice piece of pop literature. Good plot, lots of action, even some credible history. And I love that the author actually tricked me. - Gwenny , posted 01/13/05
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Too hollywood like
starts fast and with a bang. Yet quickly becomes too hollywood like and un-realistic. - Begginer , posted 12/26/04
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Loved it!
Very exciting, very thought-provoking. Perfect book to bring on a plane trip! - l , posted 09/25/04
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You will not be able to pry it from your hands. .
Even though some staggeringly stupid plot points will make you wish you could. - Jordan , posted 09/12/04
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Excellent Adventure/Mystery
Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code was one of the best books I've read all year. While the plot has many twists and turns it keeps you guessing. It is mixed with some historical facts and some things that make you question what you think you know about religious history. - Cindy , posted 08/30/04
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it's a good read but too much like his other books
After reading his other books, this one falls right back in the same mold. You see everything coming. There are a few twists but I found myself expecting them because of the other books he has written also throw the twists at the same times. - Unsubscribed , posted 08/24/04
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Best book I've ever read!
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. - Wayne , posted 08/18/04

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