The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code is easily both Dan Brown‘s most well known novel and his most controversial. Because of this, it only seems fitting to discuss said controversy in the review of Robert Langdon‘s second adventure. Let’s start with the factual inaccuracies of the novel. While it is true that Dan Brown’s previous novel’s have all contained factual inaccuracies, such as Digital Fortress saying that an unbreakable code is an impossibility, when they actually exist. They are called one-time pads. There have usually been only one or two factual inaccuracies per book, and they have not been that big of an issue in the overall theme and plot. In The Da Vinci Code both the plot and theme REVOLVE around said factual inaccuracies. Speaking of the theme, we need to deal with the myth that in pagan societies women were held in just as high a regard as men. While it is true that many pagan religions had a strong since of the sacred feminine, that religious view did NOT transfer into social equality. In fact if you look at the history books in many pagan societies such as the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians were MALE dominated. While I do agree with Dan Brown that controversy can be a good thing, the fact that unlike in his first three novels, the controversy in The Da Vinci Code is based entirely on bad research and misrepresented facts, makes it seem like controversy for controversy’s sake. Now that we have the that hassle out of the way, on to the plot. All things considered The Da Vinci Code is, for the most part, a well put together thriller novel. The action has a nice steady rise throughout the book, with things gradually becoming more intense. This is coupled with occasional periods of non-action in-between, allows the reader to catch their breath, and allows the author to provide the audience with necessary background info and plot information. The only real problem with the plot is the big ending twist, which is EXACTLY the same twist as his first three books. If The Da Vinci Code is the first book by Dan Brown you have read this is not a big deal. But if you have read any of his other early works it is QUITE annoying. I have no idea why Dan Brown insisted on repeating the same major plot twist again and again, but being that The Da Vinci Code was his first real hit, combined with the fact that in his next book he finally came up with a different twist, I can only assume that he wanted to his first best seller to be associated with that specific plot twist, and therefore kept using it until he hit it big. Despite all of its flaws The Da Vinci Code is an entertaining read.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.


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