~by Dan Brown
2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner
2005 British Book Award Winner
I took my time getting around to reading The Da Vinci Code, but am glad I finally did. It's a quick read, but engaging and intriguing.
Robert Langdon is a Harvard professor specializing in religious symbology. During a lecture tour in France he is awakened in the middle of the night by the French equivalent of the FBI. His life, understandably, has become much more complicated. Suddenly he finds himself entangled in a deadly search for a secret that will threaten the authority of the Church, a secret that has been protected for centuries.
The special illustrated edition of the book is quite nice and for the most part the pictures are well chosen and placed. It is very nice to have available, especially for those unfamiliar with some of the places and works of art.
I enjoyed the book, regardless of some issues I had with the prose and story-line. I only wish that Dan Brown had included some sort of bibliography of his research to accompany his novel, as some of subjects he touches on are quite interesting and valid.
(For more Robert Langdon novels look for Angels & Demons and The Solomon Key.)