THE DA VINCI CODE By Dan Brown
Dan Brown is one of those rare authors you read and think, “This man is a genius.” Nothing less than a genius could weave such intricate twists of plot with historical facts and legend with flowing dialogue and beautiful language into something I simply could not put down. Nothing less than genius.
The Da Vinci Code begins with the gruesome death of the curator of the famous Louvre museum in Paris. Just before he is killed, the curator pulls a painting from one of the walls, thereby activating the alarm and closing the gates around him. But now, he is locked inside, from where he cannot escape until it is too late. Knowing he will die, he leaves clues to the identity of his murderer, clues to his own identity and the location of the Holy Grail. You heard me right. This masterful novel twists the legend of the Holy Grail in the most amazing way. The Grail is not a chalice at all. The chalice is a symbol of the Grail’s true identity which, when you learn it, will have you gasping outloud.
There is so much symbolism in this book, and it is spellbinding for the characters as well as the reader. There are such surprises along the way, surprises of plot and character unmasking. It was one of those books you wish wouldn’t end. On the New York Times bestseller list for three weeks, Dan Brown’s newest novel is pure genius – The Da Vinci Code. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.