The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

60%

27 Critic Reviews

By the time Sophie and Langdon reach home base, everything—well, at least more than enough—has been revealed. Bulky, balky, talky.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Featuring an excerpt from Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, on sale now.

#1 Worldwide Bestseller—More Than 81 Million Copies Sold

As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other. Simultaneously lightning-paced, intelligent, and intricately layered with remarkable research and detail, Dan Brown's novel is a thrilling masterpiece—from its opening pages to its stunning conclusion.

 

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Dan Brown es el autor de múltiples bestsellers internacionales y #1 de The New York Times, incluyendo El código Da Vinci, El símbolo perdido, Ángeles y demonios, La fortaleza digital y La conspiración. Sus libros han sido traducidos a más de cincuenta idiomas en todo el mundo. Brown se graduó de Amherst College y de Phillips Exeter Academy, donde fue profesor antes de dedicarse a tiempo completo a la escritura. Vive en Nueva Inglaterra con su esposa.
 
Published March 18, 2003 by Anchor. 496 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Children's Books, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crime, Political & Social Sciences, Horror. Fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 14

Kirkus

Below average

By the time Sophie and Langdon reach home base, everything—well, at least more than enough—has been revealed. Bulky, balky, talky.

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Guardian

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on Jul 26 2003

...another writer has accused him of plagiarism. In strongly denying this, Brown employed a striking defence: that the points of overlap were clichés which were part of the genre...This admission of unoriginality may further anger readers...

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Publishers Weekly

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...Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Feb 23 2004

Brown has concocted a gripping and strongly paced thriller that weaves together The Holy Grail......and the work of Leonardo Da Vinci into a melange that, weirdly enough, melds into a very readable and fairly taut story.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Delcan Finn on Apr 02 2013

At the end of the day, the plot did not sell itself. Nothing clicked for me. The characters, the premise, the execution, all of it fell flat.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 21 2011

Curl up on the couch and dive into a title filled with speculation, action and intrigue.

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PopMatters

Above average
on Apr 02 2003

Brown presents an intellectual and fact-based suspense thriller that will hopefully start a trend toward debunking the misquoted myths and errant Biblical interpretations...

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About.com Bestsellers

Below average

...the tone of the novel is sort of condescending in the presentation of its religious and supposedly feminist ideas. For me, the controversial ideas just came across as annoying in light of the mediocre story.

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Salon

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Reviewed by Charles Taylor on Mar 27 2003

...neither Brown’s failure of nerve nor the slight defects of craft are enough to ruin the pleasure of this hugely entertaining book. As a thriller writer, Brown is like a showboat academic, using facts to spin one grand theory after another.

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The Gospel Coalition

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on Oct 04 2012

The novel's claims about Jesus and the church have been rebutted in great detail by both Christian and secular critics.

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Crosswalk.com

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on Jul 29 2003

Credibility for this conspiracy requires belief in the claim that the truth, known by millions, has been kept secret from the world until now. Specifically, until the release of "The Da Vinci Code."

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by zac99 on Feb 14 2015

It is almost impossible to put down this page turner. I would highly recommend this book to anybody looking for a thrill. To put it simply Brown has created a masterpiece that is a must read for all mystery lovers.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by redpanda26 on May 19 2014

National Treasure fans, this book is for you. A similar astonishing, action-filled film played in my head as I read. Infused with history and astonishing facts, as well as much commotion, this book is realistic fiction on the verge of sci-fi and maybe even fantasy.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on May 19 2014

As for the mystery, it is horrible! The ending is anti-climacticand has no real resolution. The book is alleged to pack surprises, but Ifound I was accurately guessing the plot halfway through!

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Weatherby76 on May 19 2014

This literary roller coaster delves into the shadowy web of secret societies and conspiracies, a fast-paced, intricate thriller that never releases the reader.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Jack on May 19 2014

There aren’t many negative things in this book but I think there are a few things he could have done better. One of the things he could have improved is adding more action into the book.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Ryan Arciero on Aug 10 2011

The novel is recommended for mature audiences because of its gripping and interesting plot, skewing of historical information, and stunning ideas. So crack open your own copy of The Da Vinci Code to solve the mystery today!

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Lucy Tonic on Jun 04 2010

You may disagree with Brown's ideas, but what it boils down to is that none of us were alive at the time of Jesus Christ, so none of us can ever really know what happened...

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Jack Wellman on Mar 07 2010

...it begins page one with the word, in all caps, "FACT" and follow that with a long list of factual errors. First of all, it must be remembered that the Da Vinci Code is fiction. However, I did discover three facts that were true in the book: Paris is in France, London is in England and Rome is in Italy.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Kathryn Darden on Jan 24 2009

Propaganda like Brown's grows tiresome. Where Brown sees an M in Da Vinci's "The Last Supper," I see a reclining K. Perhaps that is Da Vinci's coded message to me not to waste my time withThe Da Vinci Code book and movie and to lie down and take a nap instead!

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Mary B. Stuart on Jan 20 2016

And all of this "theory" is presented in a pedantic tone which slows down the action, although the author does do a good job of not letting it slow it down too much. So, four stars for the "action/suspense/puzzle plot" and one star for the silly theory that is the reason why everyone is killing everyone.

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Book Review Circle

Below average
Reviewed by Sayan Mukherjee on May 19 2014

Extremely entertaining besides being highly informative, this book is excellent for a bit of an escapist holiday. However, readers who are familiar with Brown's typical plot and character construction may find a repetition of the same slightly wearing.

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Prolific Living

Excellent
on May 19 2014

“The Da Vinci code” is pure genius — whether we care to entertain Dan Brown‘s premise on this foundation of Christianity as anything beyond fiction, we must admit that it is a work of a genius...

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Reviewed by W.R.Greer on May 19 2014

Most of them end with a cliffhanger that immediately catapults you into the next chapter. So grab this book, sit back, and prepare to be entertained and educated. It's well-written, it's intelligent, and best of all, it's fun.

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Mike Kueber's Blog

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Reviewed by Mike Kueber on May 23 2011

Regarding the substance of The Da Vinci Code, I agree with the millions of readers who have made it the best-selling English-language novel in the 21st century. Its characters are captivating, its plot is fascinating, and its context – politics in religion – is a subject that has always interested me.

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Whatever You Can Still Betray

Above average
Reviewed by Ayanami Faerudo on Aug 11 2013

This is my nth time reading this book since I've first read it back in college. Probably because the things written here were interesting, controversial and thought-provoking.

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http://mindfulpleasures.blogspot.com

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Reviewed by Brian Oard on Jul 22 2011

To call The Da Vinci Code 'junk food for the brain' is an insult to junk food. This is a cheap, disposable thriller so poorly written that it doesn't even qualify as a guilty pleasure. If I rated books with stars, I would give it a black hole.

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