The Da Vinci Code Review
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When renowned symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself stood up for dinner with Jacques Sauniere, the well-known curator of the Louvre, he is disappointed. When he receives a late-night call from the famous museum, he is shocked to discover Sauniere has been murdered.

The mystery thickens as Langdon meets French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. She is actually the granddaughter of the curator, but they had a falling-out while Neveu was in college.

Both she and Langdon are at the crime scene because of a cryptic note left behind by Sauniere. As the story unfolds, the reader discovers that Sauniere may have been involved with a secret society known as the Priory of Sion. Former members of the Priory included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli and Leonardo DaVinci.

Here is where author Dan Brown begins to infuse historical research into his work of fiction. It seems that the society was rumored to be protecting documents that would dismantle most teachings of the Catholic Church. The story leads readers to explore the ideas of the Holy Grail and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

That fact alone is enough to convince someone to begin killing the men who may know the actual location of the Holy Grail. Langdon and Neveu find themselves in a search to find Sauniere's killer, as well as find the treasure and keep it safe from the wrong hands.

The book has been on the New York Times Bestseller list in the top two for over a year now, and the truth is that author Dan Brown has done what most of my history teachers in school strived for. He makes the facts and research of the past seem alive and relevant. Whether a reader believes it or not, the story keeps you focused to the end.

In fact, it may even inspire a person to learn more about the subjects and matters presented in this book. I would also recommend it to fans of Robert Preston and Lincoln Child, because Brown's writing style, voice and delivery are very similar.

Grade: A

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