murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals
a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a
clandestine society since the days of Christ.
The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who,
in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues
at the scene that only his granddaughter, noted cryptographer Sophie
Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle.
The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only
Neveu's grandfather's murderer but also the stunning secret of the
ages he was charged to protect. Mere steps ahead of the authorities
and the deadly competition, the mystery leads Neveu and Langdon
on a breathless flight through France, England, and history itself.
Brown (Angels and Demons) has created a page-turning thriller that
also provides an amazing interpretation of Western history. Brown's
hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of
some of Western culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of
the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail. Though some
will quibble with the veracity of Brown's conjectures, therein lies
the fun. The Da Vinci Code is an enthralling read that provides
rich food for thought.
--Jeremy Pugh [amazon.com]