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The Da Vinci Code
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The Da Vinci Code
Robert Langdon Series, Book 2
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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. Near the body, police...
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. Near the body, police...
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  • 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. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci — clues visible for all to see — yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
    Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns 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.
    In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret — and an explosive historical truth — will be lost forever.
    THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller...utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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    Robert Langdon awoke slowly.

    A telephone was ringing in the darkness--a tinny, unfamiliar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and turned it on. Squinting at his surroundings he saw a plush Renaissance bedroom with Louis XVI furniture, hand-frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-poster bed.

    Where the hell am I?

    The jacquard bathrobe hanging on his bedpost bore the monogram:

    HOTEL RITZ PARIS.

    Slowly, the fog began to lift.

    Langdon picked up the receiver. "Hello?"

    "Monsieur Langdon?" a man's voice said. "I hope I have not awoken you?"

    Dazed, Langdon looked at the bedside clock. It was 12:32 A.M. He had been asleep only an hour, but he felt like the dead.

    "This is the concierge, monsieur. I apologize for this intrusion, but you have a visitor. He insists it is urgent."

    Langdon still felt fuzzy. A visitor? His eyes focused now on a crumpled flyer on his bedside table.

    THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS
    proudly presents
    An evening with Robert Langdon
    Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University

    Langdon groaned. Tonight's lecture--a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral--had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience. Most likely, some religious scholar had trailed him home to pick a fight.

    "I'm sorry," Langdon said, "but I'm very tired and--"

    "Mais monsieur," the concierge pressed, lowering his voice to an urgent whisper. "Your guest is an important man."

    Langdon had little doubt. His books on religious paintings and cult symbology had made him a reluctant celebrity in the art world, and last year Langdon's visibility had increased a hundred-fold after his involvement in a widely publicized incident at the Vatican. Since then, the stream of self-important historians and art buffs arriving at his door had seemed never-ending.

    "If you would be so kind," Langdon said, doing his best to remain polite, "could you take the man's name and number, and tell him I'll try to call him before I leave Paris on Tuesday? Thank you." He hung up before the concierge could protest.

    Sitting up now, Langdon frowned at his bedside Guest Relations Handbook, whose cover boasted: SLEEP LIKE A BABY IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS. SLUMBER AT THE PARIS RITZ.

    He turned and gazed tiredly into the full-length mirror across the room. The man staring back at him was a stranger--tousled and weary.

    You need a vacation, Robert.

    The past year had taken a heavy toll on him, but he didn't appreciate seeing proof in the mirror. His usually sharp blue eyes looked hazy and drawn tonight. A dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw and dimpled chin. Around his temples, the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair. Although his female colleagues insisted the gray only accentuated his bookish appeal, Langdon knew better.

    If Boston Magazine could see me now.

    Last month, much to Langdon's embarrassment, Boston Magazine had listed him as one of that city's top ten most intriguing people--a dubious honor that made him the brunt of endless ribbing by his Harvard colleagues. Tonight, three thousand miles from home, the accolade had resurfaced to haunt him at the lecture he had given.

    "Ladies and gentlemen . . ." the hostess had announced to a full-house at The American University of Paris's Pavillon Dauphine, "Our guest tonight needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books: The Symbology of Secret Sects, The Art of the Illuminati, The Lost Language of Ideograms, and when I...

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  • AudioFile Magazine THE DA VINCI CODE is chock-full of ancient rumors, historical facts, mysterious characters, and modern plots and counterplots. It's thought-provoking and fun and could easily be the downfall of an unwary narrator. Paul Michael handles it all with aplomb. His varied pacing and clear phrasing enliven the wealth of historical information that protagonist Robert Langdon imparts in conversation and clarify the complexity of signs, symbols, and secret codes that abound. In addition, the main characters--French, English, and American--are distinct and believable creations. The husky French-accented voice that Michael gives to Sophie Neveu is particularly noteworthy. A diverting listen that will leave you wanting more. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 3, 2003
    What if Jesus Christ had a tryst with Mary Magdalene, and the interlude produced a child? Such a possibility—yielding a so-called royal bloodline—provides the framework for Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons), 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, where proof of the Jesus bloodline supposedly can be found. 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.

  • AudioFile Magazine Here are secrets so deep that literally nobody knows them. This iconic novel was a mega-bestseller and is now being filmed. The biggest secret it reveals, if known, would overturn two millennia of Christian assumptions and doctrine, so the Church's response is powerful, even ruthless. Paul Michael is one of a group of young readers who have made a big splash in recent years with their 1990s' style of precise pronunciation (here involving many foreign words and voices) and nicely paced narration. It's hard to put this one down. D.R.W. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
  • NELSON DeMILLE, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    "Dan Brown has to be one of the best, smartest, and most accomplished writers in the country. THE DA VINCI CODE is many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius."

  • CLIVE CUSSLER, #1 New York Times bestseller "Intrigue and menace mingle in one of the finest mysteries I've ever read. An amazing tale with enigma piled on secrets stacked on riddles."
  • HARLAN COBEN, New York Times bestselling author of Tell No One "Dan Brown is my new must-read. THE DA VINCI CODE is fascinating and absorbing -- perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story. I loved this book."
  • VINCE FLYNN, New York Times bestselling author of Separation of Power "The Da Vinci Code sets the hook-of-all-hooks, and takes off down a road that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. You simply cannot put this book down. Thriller readers everywhere will soon realize Dan Brown is a master."

  • ROBERT CRAIS, New York Times bestselling author of Hostage
    "I would never have believed that this is my kind of thriller, but I'm going to tell you something--the more I read, the more I had to read. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown has built a world that is rich in fascinating detail, and I could not get enough of it. Mr. Brown, I am your fan."

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